It appears that ZMP’s President H. Taniguchi accidentally tweeted some unlisted You Tube videos recently of what appears to be his company’s latest educational
robot platform. The cat’s not completely out of the bag yet, but we do know that
this one has an upper body with arms (three degrees of freedom each), a single
camera for a head, and a backpack large enough to hold a decent-sized processor.
You can expect to pay a little extra when you go for a hot pot in China. The Dalu Robot Restaurant has robotic servers who
cannot really serve the customers or pour beverages, but they
tool around as the male waiters offer trays of food and the
females dance between the tables.At a cost of $6,000 a piece, the
Shandong Dalu Science and Technology Company provided each
bot with motion sensors so at least they can stop when a human
or object is near.
One of the robots presented at the 2010 International Conference on Humanoid Robots was MARI- 3 (pictured), built at Yokohama National
University’s Kawamura Lab back in 2006. It’s a lower-body bipedal robot built out
of aluminum alloy that is capable of walking and jumping up to 4 cm on one leg.
It weighs 38 kg ( 83 lbs), has 13 degrees of freedom (two legs x6, with one yaw
axis at the waist), and uses a gyro sensor, accelerometer, and six-axis
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