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Social, Realistic, Telepresence Robots

Prof Nadia Thalmann (left) posing beside Nadine, a life-like social robot capable of autonomously expressing emotions and gestures. (Photo credit: Image courtesy of Nanyang Technological University)

Nadine, a receptionist at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is friendly, and will greet you back if you say hello. The next time you meet her, she will remember your name and your previous conversation with her. She looks almost like a human being, with soft …

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Robots Designed to Assist Seniors Get New Apartment

Dr Praminda Caleb-Solly (right) with two of the robots that will inhabit the studio. (Photo credit: UWE Bristol.)

Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) recently launched a new facility to help robotics researchers develop and test technologies for assisting the elderly at home. The facility is modeled after a studio apartment, but far more high-tech. It is equipped with wireless sensors and cameras on a variety …

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Nao Learns from Humans, Passes on Knowledge

Instead of using pre-established plans, this Nao robot has been programmed to learn through direct interaction with a human. (Photo credit: Inserm/Patrice Latron.)

A team of French researchers from The National Center for Scientific Research has developed an autobiographical memory for the robot Nao, which enables it to pass on knowledge learned from people to other, less knowledgeable people. This technological progress could notably be used for operations on …

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Robi the Subscription-based Robot

This little two-pound robot is sent in pieces, over an 18-month period. It's up to you to put him together. (Photo credit: De Agostini Publishing USA.)

A Professor from the University of Tokyo is selling robots, piece by piece, to those willing to pay for an subscription. For $89.99 per month (plus shipping and handling), subscribers get parts and a full color manual explaining how to build each part of the bot. …

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Carnegie Mellon Team Wins 5th International RoboCup Championship

The CMDragons are five-time world champions of RoboCup. This year's team (from left to right): Steven Klee, Richard Wang, Juan Pablo Mendoza, Manuela Veloso, Joydeep Biswas and Danny Zhu. Not pictured: Philip Cooksey. (Photo credit: CMU)

More than 170 teams came out for this year’s RoboCup, which took place in Heifi, China. The event included a variety of challenges, including a robot rescue contest and soccer competitions for robots of various sizes. Highlights included a big win for the Carnegie Mellon University …

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The Quest for a Robot that Works Well With Humans

Professor Jochen Steil with one of the CogIMON humanoids. (Photo credit: Bielefeld University.)

Researchers at Bielefeld University are working on robots designed to work in tandem with humans. The project is called Cognitive Compliant Interaction in Motion, or CogIMON. Led by professor Jochen Steil of BU, the project will involve six international partners and have a budget of $7 …

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Print Your Own Open-Source Humanoid

The Plen2 is a cute little humanoid you can make at home, or order online. (Photo credit: PLEN Project Committee)

The Plen2 is a 3D-printable, open-source humanoid. The robot has 18 joints, and stands nearly 8-inches tall. It uses an Intel Edison for the main board, and a Arduino Micro to control the 24 RC servo motors. The designers say the basic robot can carry small, …

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JARRVIS Humanoid – Iron Man Super Hero

A great project is developing in a workshop in Quebec—the JARRVIS humanoid robot. The JARRVIS humanoid has been machined by designer Pierre Bouchard using series 2000, 5000 and 6000 aluminum; the robot has 27 degrees of freedom (DOF). Articulation is activated byservo motors with 35 Nm …

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