It's a calculator, message poster, and
pencil holder, but mostly it is a helpful robot
that can hang out on your desk. Available in
green, blue, or white, this assistant will make
a fine companion for your Holmes robot
desk lamp. It comes complete with
adjustable head, body, arms, and legs, and
clip-on hands for holding what the calculator cannot. It’s available on Amazon.com.
THIRD TIME A CHARM?
Aimec 3 (Artificially Intelligent Mechanical Electronic Companion 3)
is a four ft tall service bot dreamed up by Tony and Judie Ellis of East
Sussex, UK. With a camera for finding its way around, the third gen
prototype understands verbal instructions and can perform chores such
as dimming lights, turning on the TV, and even accessing the Net to read
the news. He can also sing, tell jokes, and do impressions.
The couple is hoping to find a manufacturer and believes that Aimec
will be the real deal in a couple of years at a price of £200 (~$311).
Ellis certainly knows what he is doing as he is the creator of the highly
successful Cube World.
New Zealand may soon have new helpers in its wineries. Canterbury
University's Dr. Richard Green is working on a robot that can prune vines
using 3D cameras to gauge distance. The target date for a working model is
two years. The bot can be adapted for other industries, but for now they
see it as saving $20 million a year in that country.
Two years after the release of the movie "Wall-E", Disney
continues to allow licensed products to keep it alive. This is Eve
USB 2.0 Hub with four ports and she is both Mac and PC
compatible.At a size of 2-1/4 x 2-1/8 x 3-1/4," she has adjustable
arms, rubberized wheels, and her eyes light up when connected.
Find her at Amazon.com.
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