Drexel basks in Asia’s glow

This article seemed exciting for a moment – looked like the US was finally doing something in humanoid robots. Drexel Unveils Seven Humanoid Robotics on National Engineers Week http://www.azorobotics.com/news.aspx?newsID=2528 “…The seven identical robots will be sent to Penn, Purdue, Ohio State, South California, Virginia Tech, Carnegie Mellon and MIT universities for research. The researchers ofContinue reading “Drexel basks in Asia’s glow”

Everyone pretends not to shake hands with themselves

Here’s a post on NASA’s Robonaut 2, an update of the tele-operated space robot designed to facilitate work on the (defunct) Shuttle and International Space Station: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/300727/20120217/nasa-robonaut-video-handshake.htm Link to Robonaut 2 Site: http://robonaut.jsc.nasa.gov/default.asp In itself, Robonaut 2 is quite interesting. They still care about its looks – it is more like the Rockteer than BobaContinue reading “Everyone pretends not to shake hands with themselves”

Is there an app for that robot? No.

I read with some amusement (tinged with irritation) the following report on “robots that can bring you a beer”, probably in response to the upcoming Superbowl: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/gadgets/6362970/Robots-bring-beer-but-Rosie-still-takes-cake The article considers a few robots that might be able to “bring you a beer”. First, it highlights the Asimo open a screw-top bottle – pretty cool, ifContinue reading “Is there an app for that robot? No.”