READING ROBOT GOES BY THE BOOK
Waseda University has produced Ninomiya-kun: a small bot capable of reading paper printed books. Named after Kinjiro Ninomiya —
a 19th century agricultural leader and philosopher — he stands 1meter
tall and weighs 25 kg. The bot reads by camera, has character recognition
software stored on a computer on his back, then translates into spoken
words. Because the voice comes from a synthesizer, it will be a while
before Ninomiya-kun is available to read to kids, seniors, or those who
need someone to help them with a difficult cookbook recipe.
ROBOTOPS — built by the Japanese company Tadano, Ltd. — has been designed to work in construction sites and/or disaster areas. The bot
is an automated crane that has a three-chip CCD camera, remote control and
29 functional joints for picking up rocks, wood, and other additional material,
not to mention any wayward humans.
SIZE DOES MATTER
Wondering how all the electronics and motors fit inside this tiny little robot? Here’s the secret: They don’t.
The motors, batteries, and microcontroller are all mounted underneath the
surface that the robot operates on, and magnets on a two axis CNC pull the
robot along with the field that they create. Rotating the field controls the
There’s an Instructable on the whole thing if you’d like details: www.
BOT GOES QUACKERS
If it waddles, kinda looks like, and sounds like one, then it must be a
Robot Duck. This bird comes with
motor and a small part that requires
assembling and needs to eat two AAA
batteries (not included) to waddle on
down the road. When completed, the
ducky project is about 4". You can order
the kit on Amazon.
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