Using Arduino, a small Windows PC, the user wears the Oculus Rift to see from both eyes of the telepresence robot, motors, battery life is about 3 hours, you see what it sees and it moves its head as you move your head and you move it around using a gamepad. The price may be about $500 (not sure if with or without the oculus rift type remote vision head-mounted display device)
Is this seriously cool or what? You can play ping pong against this robot, with it's dual vision systems, anticipation algorithms, self balancing algorithms, it's able to play back the ping pong ball to you no matter where you play it on the table. Perhaps with training, with some tuning of the anticipation of effects slicing and lifting in the ball, soon enough this robot may be able to beat even the best ping pong players in the world?
- Ping Pong Playing Robot To Seek Factory Job (forbes.com)
- Ping-Pong playing robots and more at CEATEC (mybroadband.co.za)
- Omron ping pong robot won't unseat humanity (gadgets.briefly.tk)
- I played ping pong with a robot and it went easy on me (handson.today)
Crazy humanoid robot, Toshiba Smart Glass, Smart Plants (grown in lab), Smart Washing Machine, Smart Fridge, Toshiba Ene-Farm Fuel Cell, 4K TVs, Smart Home solutions, NFC, Video-conferencing Android app for old people, Smart band and more.
Student from the Hong Kong city university uses Kinect together with the NAO Robot to immitate the movements of a user who moves in front of the robot. Also see my interview with Bruno Maisonnier Founder of Aldebaran Robotics, creator of the NAO robot
Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2014
R.BOT presents a Telepresence Robot, just insert whatever Android device you want with USB Host support in it's stand, phone or tablet, and your Android device becomes the brain and the display for this telepresence robot, which can drive around and extend or retract and turn it's head based on either manual remote telepresence control or also by voice recognition, gesture recognition and autonomous algorithms and AI response. RBOT.COM R.BOT has Synergy Swan, Synergy Mime and R.BOT Mini, can be used at stores, restaurants, schools, shopping centers, trade shows and at companies who want to for example let the CEO remotely roam around the office.
Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2014
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VEX IQ is a robotics platform designed to transform STEM learning for young students and their teachers. Students as young as 8 can jump right in and snap robots together using this intuitive, toolless platform while educators can utilise the free VEX IQ Curriculum to help teach them valuable lessons and skills that are needed in today's changing world. This curriculum will be tailored to the UK education system. The VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, gives students affordable access to the inspiration, excitement and learning that comes from participating in a STEM challenge.
From the Coordinated Robotics Lab of The University of California, San Diego, here is the BeagleMiP Mobile Inverted Pendulum (MiP) educational robotics development kit from Strawson Design, able to balance and carry more weight on 2 wheels such as modules, extensions, sensors, hacks, 3D printed add-ons and more. While the awesome Arduino-derived $99 WowWee MiP device is the coolest consumer toy robot that I have seen at CES 2014 (which you can see starting at 19:36 into this video), the idea with BeagleMiP is to do even more with the system, based on the $45 Texas Instruments BeagleBone Black with a 1Ghz TI AM335x ARM Cortex-A8, they add their Novus Robotics Cape add-on PCB board to provide for all the robotics R&D connectivity. This video features UCSD Professor Thomas Bewley, UCSD PhD student James Strawson and USCD PhD student Saam Ostovari.
While the BeagleMiP will be commercially available as a $150 MiP robotics development kit, the WowWee MiP is going to be the world's first mass produced self-balancing Mobile Inverted Pendulum based commercial robot equipped with GestureSense technology (hand motion controls), bluetooth for Smartphone app control, fast speed, expansion for additional fun functionality. Carrying mode allows it to carry any weight, it also even has a port on the final model and can carry and balance any additional weight, including cameras, more sensors, modems, anything else users can think of.
As you can hear in the video, these UCSD students are also working on 40 centimeters tall versions of their MiP, which will be able to carry heavy bags like groceries for you and follow you around, for example.
- From Prototype to Product with the BeagleBone Black (makezine.com)
- Blog Post: Another busy day @ CES: Day 2 recap! (e2e.ti.com)
- This robot will clean your barbecue, and other bizarre robotics at CES (trentonian.com)
- Meet Mip™by WowWee at the 2014 International CES! (virtual-strategy.com)
- MiP is a balancing robot that works with your smartphone (theverge.com)
- WowWee's MiP revisited: the dance of the robot fairies (engadget.com)
- Wowwee MiP Smartphone Controlled Robot Announced (Video) (geeky-gadgets.com)
- CES 2014: This Tiny Robot Has Flawless Balance [Video] (popsci.com)
Orbotix shows their latest smartphone controlled gyro motion robot.
Bruno Maisonnier Founder of Aldebaran Robotics talks about his french autonomous humanoid robots, including the NAO Robot, an autonomous little humanoid robot that can interact emotionally. They are developing Robot hardware platforms, developing a Linux based operating system dedicated to humanoid robotics, understanding emotions, understanding dialog, an SDK and Tools to enable all developers to develop apps for the Humanoid Robots in their apps store.
You can also watch the keynote video by Bruno Maisonnier at LeWeb 2013: