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March 18, 2014

NAO released to general public at half the price

We’ve posted before about the NAO robot, made by French company Aldebaran Robotics.  Yes, it’s a pretty advanced humanoid, standing up well even compared to most of those from Japan or Korea.  But I haven’t shown them a lot of love, because until now, they haven’t showning much love to robot hobbyists; the NAO was […]

October 10, 2012

NAO Photographer

Here’s a fun little program created by Florian Boucault and Zaheer Merali for the Nao robot.  The bot asks how many people will be in the picture, gets a good view, and then snaps a photo (complete with pantomimed camera).  The photo is then uploaded and emailed.  (Video below.) The actual function here is nothing […]

June 12, 2014

Softbank’s New Robot, “Pepper”

On the June 5th, Japanese telecom giant SoftBank announced that it’s entering the robot business.  Its first offering is impressive both in terms of its capability, and its unbelievably low price.  Meet “Pepper.” Pepper is a 120-cm tall, 28-kg half-humanoid robot on an omniwheel base.  From the waist up, it looks a lot like (French […]

May 2, 2013

Humanoid Autonomous Weight-Lifting

One of the humanoid events held at RoboGames this year was autonomous weight-lifting. This event isn’t entirely new to the RoboGames venue; it and related events were first introduced in 2007.  But they haven’t been very consistent about it, either — the couple of times I attended RoboGames in the last few years, we were […]

February 21, 2013

RobotAppStore brings new behaviors to your robot

A new video shows a cool behavior you can download to your NAO robot from the RobotAppStore:

January 5, 2013

Why Making Robots is So Hard

Gary Marcus at NYU recently posted an interesting article on Why Making Robots is So Darn Hard.  In it, he explores why consumer robots have not appeared to advance as quickly as computers, and why we don’t yet have Rosie the Robot cleaning our homes and cooking our meals. I do think, however, he’s overlooked […]

October 24, 2012

2012 Robot Hall of Fame inductees

The Robot Hall of Fame at Carnegie Mellon Science Center in Pittsburgh inducted four new robots into its ranks last night.  More than 17,000 people voted to elect this year’s winners.