General WowWee Discussion

Artificial Intelligence?

Jeff Block's picture

I'm curious if there's anyone out there with a knowledge / interest of AI that would like to comment...

How would you rate the current state of the Artificial Intelligence of the WowWee line?  Many of the robots do things like edge detection (to keep them from falling off tables) or interaction with each other (to make them appear more self-aware), etc. 

Korea Testing Household Bots

Khalid J Hosein's picture

Korea is once again proving that they're ahead of the technological curve in so many ways. This time, it's the Korean Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) that is behind a quiet revolution. They launched the pilot program of the national 'Ubiquitous Robot Companion' effort last week. They are taking a number of bots and placing them into 1000 homes for testing. These bots will perform some basic household functions. In addition, a few bots will be placed in airports and train stations to help tourists with information and directions.

The Navirobo. How About a Navisapien?

Khalid J Hosein's picture

Engadget just discovered the Navirobo, which looks like a cute teddy bear, but it's actually a GPS-enabled navigation bot that points in the direction you're supposed to go in, and apparently mocks you if you miss a turn and dances once you successfully reach your destination. Sounds cute. Well, perhaps the first few times.

Roboreptile in action at Digital Life 2006

Khalid J Hosein's picture

Check out a video of the Roboreptile in action at WowWee's booth at Digital Life in NYC. It's not doing a whole lot except acting crazy Tongue out, but if you haven't seen the Roboreptile move before, this is a good chance to see how fast it is. Just take a look at how fast the tail moves...

Click here to see the video