bots IN BRIEF
CARRYING A TORCH
Dr. James Law, a researcher at the Department of Computer Science
at Aberystwyth University, has an absolutely fantastic idea: He's nominated
the iCub robot to carry the Olympic Torch as part of the 2012 Olympic
Games which will be held in London, England starting next summer.
Dr. Law is proposing that iCub be included in the torch-carrying relay
in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing — one of
the guys who arguably invented the computer and whose test for artificial
intelligence robots are continually striving to pass.
The only problem with this idea is that the nomination rules specify
that all nominees have to be at least 12 years of age which means that
iCub wouldn't technically qualify. On the upside, however, nowhere does it
say that nominess have to be human, so maybe iCub has a shot at this
GETTING AMPED UP
OLogic is launching the Automated Music Personality (A.M.P.) — a two-wheeled, self balancing “robotic” music player that can be operated using a
Smartphone (only the Android for now). The company will be able to ship it for $400
or less, which is an incredible low price for a self-balancing robot.
Self-funded to-date via consulting revenue, OLogic is looking for funding to help
build efficient distribution channels and bring the A.M.P. to the market.
A.M.P. boasts a powerful audio system located in it chest, a cradle in the back to
attach any type of music player, a cup holder, and several command buttons to
control volume, for example. Using the proprietary remote control or your Android
phone, you can make the A.M.P. follow you, make it dance, or stream music via
Down the road, OLogic expects to add more features like the baility to replace
the A.M.P. head with an iPad to offer an affordable telepresence robot.
EVOLTA-KUN DOES TRIPLE RUN
On October 23rd, our favorite little green guy participated in a week long Ironman
Triathlon in Hawaii. Humans only get a day, but this trio of competitiors swam for 2. 4
miles, rode a bike 112 miles, then ran 26. 2 miles. During that time, the Evolta-kuns only
stopped for recharging their nickel-metal-hydride batteries.
The three versions of the robot included one that swims, another that pedals a
bicycle, and a third that runs in a hamster wheel contraption.
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