NO ‘FLASH’ IN THE PAN
With a Flash drive input for a head, this metallic robot can store 4 GB
of memory in its shiny body. It can also be clipped to a keychain,
allowing users to conveniently take their data with them. Even better,
it holds its helmet (a USB cap) in both hands so that you’ll never lose it.
It’s available for $25 at Gadget4all.com if you feel strongly about
One of the pioneers of
robotics in Japan is
Professor Shigeo Hirose
at the Tokyo Institute of
He has been working in robotics for
35 years. His lab is crammed with
prototypes and designs for robots that
can walk, crawl, swim and jump. Check out his creations at
TINY (AUTONOMOUS) DANCER
Built from a simple LEGO NXT
kit, a new robotic system
designed by João Oliveira — a
student finalist at the Masters in
Integrated Electrical Engineering
of the Faculty of Engineering
of the University of Porto
(FEUP) — can identify different types of dance and music
in an intelligent manner and is
fully autonomous. The next
step is to create and manage choreography between humanoid
The result of this combination
of math and music is a robot that applies algorithms to the
level of perception of rhythmic musical notes with an integrated system for
intelligent hearing. The robot reacts in sync with different
stimuli (either musical or related to the color of the dance
floor), expressing the movement of dance style defined
by the user.
Source: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Japan hopes to have a two-legged robot walk on the
moon by around 2020, according to a plan laid out by
a government group.
Specifics of the plan, including what new technologies
will be required and the size of the project's budget, will be
decided within the next two years, according to Japan's
Strategic Headquarters for Space Development.
Development of a lunar robot is part of a broad
framework outlined by the group, which is charged with
plotting a new course for Japan's space strategy.As a next
step, joint exploration of the moon involving robots and
astronauts will be considered.
The framework is to be finalized soon, after the public
has a chance to comment on the proposals.
The group also recommended promoting research
into military satellites, such as an early warning system for
detecting ballistic missile launches and systems to detect
and analyze radio waves sent in space.
Other recommendations by the group include using
space research as a tool to foster diplomacy with other
countries and developing an advanced satellite to predict
and monitor natural disasters.
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