Toyota’s Tiny Robot

Kirobi Mini

Kirobi Mini from Toyota

Toyota recently introduced a new robot called Kirobi Mini which you will be able to pre-order later this year in Japan.

The cost will reportedly be about $390.

Kirobi Mini will have a camera, microphone, Bluetooth and connect to a smartphone. It can responds to voices, but cannot recognize you.

General manager of the project Fuminori Kataoka stated

Toyota has been making cars that have a lot of valuable uses. But this time we’re just pushing emotional value.

The general idea for Kirobi Mini is a small companion robot you can take with you while driving.


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Ghost Minitaur Can Scale Fences

Ghost MinitaurA new dog like robot called Ghost Minitaur from Ghost Robotics in Philadelphia appears to be able to scale fences.  The excitable little robot can also climb stairs.

Ghost Minitaur weighs about 13 lbs, has a running speed of about 4 1/2 miles per hour and can vertically jump about 19 inches.

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CellBotCellRobot is a modular robot that you can configure into many different shapes. First, you start with the Heart and then add other cells that easily twist on and lock into place.  The Heart contains the CellRobot’s brain and Bluetooth connections.  You can also add on wheels, a camera or a mount for Mounting the robot to a desk or counter.

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Gearless Omni-directional Robot Leg

GOAT cad drawing

CAD drawing from Simon’s thesis.

Carnegie Mellon PhD student Simon Kalouche has created the  Gearless Omni-directional Acceleration-vectoring Topology or GOAT.

Using a custom motor controller and 3 DC Tiger U10 quadcopter motors, Simon has created a unique leg that is able to hop over 32 inches high.

If he put four legs together he could come up with a very impressive robot.  But as Simon states:

While the GOAT leg will most likely never be faster than the very impressive speeds achieved by the MIT Cheetah in running along a straight line, the design of GOAT sacri ces 1D top speed for the potential to run and jump in all 3 dimensions with more agility than the MIT Cheetah and all other dynamic legged robots to this date.

Check out the robot in action below.

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Moorebot, Your Personal Assistant

MoorebotPilot Labs from China has started an Indiegogo campaign to bring the personal assistant Moorebot to life.  Similar to Jibo in fuction as well as looks, Moorebot is like a giant eye that sits on your desk.

Moorebot can tell you things like the weather or a story.  It can also take pictures and remind you of things.

Moorebot sports 256MB of ram with 2 GB of internal storage and the early bird discount level prices Moorebot at only $159.

Pilot Labs have been working on this project since 2014 and hope to deliver Moorebot in November of 2016.

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