Jetta Company Limited, the company that manufactured the Pleo baby robot dinosaur for Ugobe, bought the intellectual property rights and other assets
at the Ugobe bankruptcy sale that occurred in May.
This may be the shortest extinction on record for a wonder product. From
rising star to shooting star back to rising star again, Pleo's future has been given
new life by the best possible company that could have and did acquire the rights
to the little green dino: the original manufacturer.
All the equipment needed to produce Pleos and accessories is still intact,
according to reliable sources. Even better, Jetta is an established company with a
32 year history in manufacturing based in China and Hong Kong, and as part of
their illustrious manufacturing history they have produced parts for members of
iRobot's consumer robot line.
Jetta is currently getting everything in order to re-launch Pleo and cannot
give further details at this time. Go to
www.jetta.com.hk to stay in the loop.
A NEW RAT PACK
Rather than develop a robot that’s programmed to solve problems like a human, researchers at the AnimatLab in
France are starting with a much simpler (and some might say
Psikharpax is a
robot that not
only looks like a
rat, but is designed
to operate using
nearly all of the
organs as a rat,
The software that
controls the roborat is also designed to mimic real rats, relying on
simple sensor inputs to dynamically build mental maps of complex
So far, Psikharpax has eyes, ears, 32 whiskers per side, and (in a
minor departure from its biological counterpart) battery-powered
wheels. A nose is in the works and eventually Psikharpax will be
able to sit up and grasp things with a set of front paws.
At 50 centimeters long, Psikharpax will ultimately be fully
autonomous, able to explore new environments, and use learning
behaviors to develop foraging techniques. In case you were
wondering,“Psikharpax” was the King of the rats in the
Batrachomyomachy, a parody of the Iliad written in Greek verses
and (falsely) attributed to Homer. The name means “crumb robber.”
You can find out more at
WATCH OUT GODZILLA!
This is a full size Gundam. Why? Because it’s Japan, that’s why. Gundam is a metaseries of Japanese
anime, featuring giant robots, or "mecha," created
by Sunrise studios. A TV series started in April 1979
called Mobile Suit Gundam, and later became a
franchise name with more sequels, prequels, side
stories, and alternative timelines, published and
aired in various media including TV anime, OVA,
manga, novels, and video games.
This past March, the Gundam franchise
celebrated its 30th anniversary with this giant
18 meter tall version of the robot that lights up
at night to freak out Japan. It is now located on
Odaiba, a human made island.Ch eck out http://
video-it-moves-it-moves for more.
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