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Robots the good the bad & the ugly

Updated on June 21, 2013

Hub Intro

I published a robot Hub earlier but in researching it was astounded at the rate of technological advance in the robot field. This hub offers more coverage of the exciting field of robot development.

The Good #1

VALHALLA, New York -- Lying in his hospital room, on a mattress designed to protect his fragile skin, 13-year-old Achim Nurse poked his bandaged fingers at an orange button on what looked like a souped-up video game console.

Half a second later, in a social studies class discussing the Erie Canal, a 5-foot-tall steel-blue robot raised its hand.

Robot helps sick child 'attend' school ..from Wired Magazine

The Floating Bed

The Singularity Is Near

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor and futurist

In his latest book, "The Singularity Is Near," he examines the next step of the evolutionary process: the union of human and machine, in which knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with greater capacity, speed and knowledge-sharing ability.

Kurzweil is also the author of "The Age of Intelligent Machines," "The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life," "The Age of Spiritual Machines" and "Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever." As a noted inventor he is credited for his work with music synthesis, speech and character recognition, virtual reality and cybernetic art.

He is not just some guy talking down at the laudromat

The Floating Bed


Janjaap Ruijssenaars, a young Dutch creator of the floating bed -- a sleek black platform, which took six years to develop and can double as a dining table or a plinth. It hovers above the ground through magnetic force and comes with a price tag of 1.2 million euros ($1.54 million)

Microsoft is into Robot software

Microsoft are active in robotics software and their site provides video feed on anincresign number of application eveloped using their platform.

Microsoft is on the march..

Miuro is a new autonomous network music robot that can play your iPod tunes

while roving around the room. It can also handle music in a variety of other

formats. The system uses your wireless LAN to receive the music.

The unit also has a small webcam that can transmit pictures to your personal

computer, and then to the Internet. The robot itself can be controlled from your

home computer or remotely via the Internet (using your cellphone, if you wish).

It uses a range sensor to autonomously avoid obstacles; the system analyzes

music being played and will vary its lighting and gait accordingly.

The system also has a remote; holding the remote, you can not only select and

play music, but have your personal stereo follow you from room to room.

The Miuro robotic sound system will be available in small quantities in Japan

this December for about 108,000 yen.

Unmanned Helicopter

Newsbytes

NASA to use Space Age 'droid' satellites

WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- NASA scientists say they are ready to test "smart" satellites that can fly in precision formation and are relatively inexpensive to make and operate. Nasa Driods Story

Unmanned Military Helicopter from Gizmag.com

The payload for the first unmanned flight weighed 740 pounds, but could have carried an additional 550 pounds of payload. A more advanced configuration, which is expected to make its first flight later this summer, adds an additional 800 pounds of payload.

Look Mama No Hands (or no pilot)

Why Work

Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro clones himself, android-style. His incredibly lifelike mechanical double, "Geminoid HI-1," sometimes takes his place in meetings and classes.

Japanese scientist sends robot to work

Pick the real scientist

A robot waiter (L) serves in the first Robot Restaurant in Hongkong opened on July 17,2006. Robots serve as waiters to take orders and give performances in this

Life changing robots

and from Forbes Seven Amazing robots that will change your life;-

Forbes - the robots are coming

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    • Drax profile imageAUTHOR

      des donnelly 

      6 years ago from NYC....

      carolinemoon.. great name !!! I have a soft spot for robots, I must make some more robot Hubs some of these days... thanks for the comment.. :-)

    • carolinemoon profile image

      carolinemoon 

      6 years ago

      Very amazing, great hub.

    • Drax profile imageAUTHOR

      des donnelly 

      9 years ago from NYC....

      Hi DG... thanks for the comment, robots are almost abstract from a certain perspective...

    • D.G. Bennett profile image

      D.G. Bennett 

      9 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      cool! thanks for the info. absolutely adore robots.

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