CEO of Tokyo-based Seven Dreamers, Shin Sakane, introduces the Laundroid laundry bot, capable of folding one T shirt in 3 minutes 40 seconds, with the final version being able to fold 40 clothes at a time and automatically segregate according to cloth type or the family member it belongs to. It uses a mix of image analysis and robotics. The finished product is expected to launch in 2019, incorporating washing and drying in addition to folding.
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Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) have their own booth where they display products of their partner companies. Here we see the Meccano, a DIY kit robot controlled via Bluetooth off a device, BT beacons that are small in size with a battery life of a year (with a refresh every 3 seconds), and Texas Instruments’ 52 series board that allows one to run two protocols at once, amongst other things.
Students from a school in Hong Kong present a robot of their own design which is demonstrated here to play a percussion instrument. The robot won them a first prize at a competition in HK. Another exhibit just next to this demonstrates a robot that pours fluids over from a container.
Yet another student display from students in Hong Kong, this time from the Methodist Church HK Wesley College demonstrate a Pythagorean robot that measures the length of the sides of a triangle set by the user, which can then be measured (using ultrasonic measurement of a kind) and then display the calculated angles of each side of the formed triangle. This project won a first prize in mathematics for the team.
Meccano has displayed their new robots here dubbed Meccano G16, and the Meccanoid G16-KS (Kid-sized). Programming is possible through the app or voice recognition. Programming can be done to sing, talk and dance. The smallest model is expected to retail for US$40, US$140 for the medium size model, and US$400 for the biggest model.
Freelander is a Shenzhen-based company that demonstrates their own electric scooter. Being foldable in design, the X70 scooter is opened up and used briefly. It can last for 25-30km before dying out, and is expected to cost US$260 per piece on a minimum order of 100. The scooter can be specified in various colours. The company also makes a scooter akin to the Airboard from Motor Norway, selling for US$160 with a minimum quantity of 100. It uses aircraft grade materials and weighs 8.2kg.
Before SoftBank announced their intention to acquire ARM, here's the latest SoftBank Pepper Personal Robot with Artificial Intelligence deployed all over Japan, with voice conversations, it can Reads Emotions from people's face. More than 11 thousand Pepper Robots have been deployed in Japan, at the entrance of SoftBank Telecom stores, and in many other stores and malls all over. Previously I interviewed Aldebaran Robotics Founder Bruno Maisonnier before he sold his company to SoftBank
Tacterion is a spin-off from the German aerospace center at the Robotics and Mechatronics Center to develop tacterion, a new kind of tactile sensor. Tacterion offers polymer-based tactile sensors called Artificial Skin for Robotics, MedTech or as a new kind of input device in Human-Machine-Interaction in Smart Clothing. The rubber foil-like Artificial Skin sensor is connected to Tacterion's readout electronic component that translates physical interaction into data which digital systems can process. Filmed in 4K using Sony AX53 at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe 2016 event. Read more at http://tacterion.com
Weccan Toys makes 12000 drone per month. Their mini model costs US$15 and is seen here in orange colour, flying about the booth. The bigger model sells for US$65 and their most popular model sells for US$27. They have their own R&D team in charge of developing new products every year. They also have on display their toy cars.
Now available for $137 at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/riley-your-smart-and-mobile-companion/x/585198#/ the retail price will be $229 and distributors can buy it at $78 for 1 thousand pieces minimum order. It moves around quite smoothly and fastly, works on carpets too, can climb over small obstacles, it can get back up if it fall over on its side. They have nice app features such as taking pictures, video, night-vision, "wake up on movement", go back to charger home. They might add more functions like room mapping/memory, follow function, "automatic roaming security guard" and more.