RobOlympics anyone?

What do robots and the Olympics have in common?  While hosting the 2020 Olympics Japan has announced that it will be creating a district of robots which will carry out many daily tasks within their own “robotic village”.  It is speculated that the robots will help with the transportation of people and luggage while showing the advancements achieved in robotic technologies.  Panasonic is the lead on this project and we should expect something very interesting in the next 5 years.

The Economics of Robots

Stephen Hawking gave his two cents this past week in the on going debate over concerns that increased automation within a work force or economy would cause large scale unemployment.  This renowned astrophysicist stated in his Reddit discussion form; “everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine produced wealth is shared.”  Yet after stating this Mr.

Why Holidays Always Seem To Arrive Too Soon Every Year.

WowWee gives everyone with kids (or anyone with a big inner child) a reason to look forward to the best time of year.  Meet Miposaur, the interactive robot dinosaur that can have moods much like you and I.  Miposaur can be controlled remotely through your smart phone or with simple hand gestures.  Released in July of this year, Miposaur should be in strong supply for the holiday season but be sure you get one before they run out.  Nothing like holiday shopping in October…

Robots in the Gym?

Steven Millward wrote an interesting article about how robots are helping the eldrly excercise in Singapore.  The project is being refered to as "Robo Coach" which brings up the interesting question... in what other aspects of life could robots coach humans?  Check out the article here:  

Free event showcases locally made robots at Notre Dame

Notre Dame will be celebrating National Robotics Week on Sunday, April 27. At the event, you'll have the chance to see robots that interact with people, play football and even fly!

The University of Notre Dame will celebrate National Robotics Week in a free, community-wide event.

RoboCommunity Shop Now Open For Business!

We know how you feel. You've been practically drooling over that new Robosapien X, and fawning over RoboRaptor. You just can't wait to see the delivery truck pull up to your driveway, the package handler beaming with pride as they hand you your box full of electronic goodness. The feeling you get when you gingerly cut the packing tape and slowly unearth the package from its cardboard prison.

Brookstone Tankbots arrive!

And their secret is deciphered- heh heh! So it turns out, in the Tankbot software on iPhone (and presumably on Android), you are prompted to enter the product code from the package. Our Toys R Us non-battling tankbots had codes 1044 for Blue and 1043 for Green. Interestingly, the Brookstone codes are 1880 for Blue and 1870 for Red. Try putting those in the software- voila - a Fire button appears! Another difference of unknown significance, the ToysRUs Tankbots are both stamped 12AB11 on the bottom, whereas both Brookstones are 11AB11.

Deskpets Tankbot on Facebook

Deskpets has posted a few photos of Tankbots being manufactured on their Facebook gallery. Interestingly, there appear to be two PCB versions- one like the one i have with multiple contacts in the IC side, the other cleaner looking. I've ordered a couple of the Brookstone versions (only red and blue available there) to see their Battle-supporting innards. Article in progress!