bots IN BRIEF
GO TO THE LIGHT ...
Nils Volker has been busy developing this light drawing robot. The principle behind it is simple: moving lights + long camera exposure
= cool.Very cool, actually. Go to www.nilsvoelker.com/content/
lightdraw/ index.html for more info.
BOT KNOWS WHAT’S IN THE (GROCERY) BAG
Remember Robovie from a couple years ago, and its creepy eyes? Well, now it has eyeballs and it’s able to help with your grocery shopping.
There’s actually a lot going on here. Robovie is part of an integrated system that starts
at home and involves other robots and devices. Specifically, the system is designed for the
elderly, and includes health monitoring equipment. At home, you can make a shopping list
with the assistance of ApriPoko, who might recommend dishes based on your health. The
list is stored on your mobile device and when you get to the supermarket, a Robovie will
help you shop for what you need — autonomously, following you with a shopping basket,
reminding you what to buy and offering suggestions. Robovie can tell when you put
something in its basket
and the robot will
also make a little bit of
This experiment is
part of a six month trial to determine how effectively a
network of different robots can cooperate to assist the
elderly with independent living, something that Japan
specifically is very focused on due to their aging
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