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Robot Noodle Chef

Chinese inventor Cui Runquan invented a robot is named Chef Cui .  The robot slices noodles using a back and forth motion, like a windshield wiper.

Last time we heard about the chef turned inventor, his robo noodle slicing chef was only a dream. Well, now Cui Runquan is actually manufacturing the robot and selling them for about $2,000 each. So far he has sold about 3,000 robots.  Check out the noodle slicing robot in the clip below.

See our previous post about Chef Cui, Yet Another Robo Chef.



Car With Robot Companion

Chinese car maker BYD will be showing off a concept car at the Beijing Motor Show this week called QIN Concept.

The QIN Concept is an electric hybrid with a maximum speed of 115 mph. The sedan type car looks similar to a Toyota Corolla and will feature a dashboard robot called i.

When the car is started, the robot rises out of his hiding place in the dashboard.  i has different facial expressions and more than 1 camera to possibly detect driver fatigue.  The robot will also have some movement and sound a as well.

Hopefully the robot would also have voice recognition allowing the driver to control things like the stereo through voice commands.

Link via (Brisbane Times) via (China Times)


Water Walker

water walkerMuch like a Jesus lizard or water strider,  this 12 legged robot can walk on water. The researchers gave the robot copper legs that have a structure capable of trapping tiny air pockets.  This helps the robot stay afloat on the water.

Ten legs support the robot while the other two are connected to small motors that help the robot move.  Robots like this could be used to monitor environmental pollution.

See our previous post Jesus Robots, featuring a water strider type of robot from Carnegie Melon.

Funding for this research was provided by the  Harbin Institute of Technology and the Natural Science Foundation of China.

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Link via (Cosmic Log)

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Robo Van Travels From Italy To China

VisLabVanTwo Piaggio Porter electric vans are traveling autonomously from Milan to Shanghai, a trip that will take three months with a total of 13,000 km.

Both vans will have people as passengers on board to take over if needed.

This is a project from VisLabs.  After participating in and siting the DARPA Grand Challenge and the DARPA Urban Challenge as inspiration, the Vislab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge was born.

Using 4 stereo cameras, two in the front and two in the rear, the vans can navigate by road markings.

When there are no road markings, they can navigate by using four laserscanners mounted on the front.  The vehicles also contain a GPS unit and solar panel, used to power the autonomous driving system, mounted on the roof .

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Link via (CNET)
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China Wins Robot World Cup

While the real word cup continues, the International Humanoid Robot Olympic Games is now over. Besting out teams from the United States and South Korea, China has won the International Humanoid Robot Olympic Gamesthat was held recently in Harbin, China.

Link via (Shanghaiist)