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Palro has 20 DOF, 4 microphones, a speaker, camera, 3 axis gyro sensor, 4 pressure sensors and an LED array in its head.
Palro is also able to recognize and respond to voice commands and can also download new programs such as dance routines wirelessly. If you take Palro’s cool looks and all of its capabilities into account, we think this is a pretty cool robot for the price.
See the Palro press release.
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A Japanese robotic mannequin can change a pose when a customer walks by.
The robot uses a proximity sensor to detect how close the shopper is and then changes its pose. They hope to one day use facial recognition software to determine a viewers sex and even make the robotic mannequins react to shopping bag logos.
Tatsuya Matsui, chief robot designer of Flower Robotics explains why they animated a mannequin.
Store owners can rent the mannequins for about $5,000 for an 11 day period including shipping time or buy them for $50,000.
The mannequin is also available as a an upper torso only model. Both mannequins are made by a company called Flower Robotics.
This year, a Wakamaru robot from Mistubishi Heavy Industries is being trained for the festival. See our previous post when this robot was in a stage play.
The robot is being taught the Osaka-jime, the festivals call and clap and will act as a modern greeting doll.
omukae ningyo (”greeting doll”) — a type of doll that parishioners used to place on their festival boats to greet the floating Shinto shrines as they drifted past.
Wow. This was certainly part of one little boy’s childhood fantasies. These awesome robots were built by Jiro Aizawa in the 1950′s and 1960′s and apparently have been sleeping in a warehouse until now.
The Google translator states the following:
Were sleeping in a warehouse until it’s released by the packaging. We look at the state and restore the dynamics at the time.
Apparently the robots were hiding in a warehouse and have only recently been uncovered. Some have lights, some have moving parts and tubes and will be restored. We so very much need one to grace our living room with it’s presence.
Google’s translation from Japanese also states:
Mr. Aizawa Zirou is affected by the box car was exhibited at the fair in London in an elementary school student, then a total of 800 produced in the body of a humanoid robot.
Is this stating that 800 of these amazing robots were made?
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