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Designer Jeongmi Lee from Seoul has created a robotic vacuum cleaner that doubles as an alarm clock.
The alarm clock sits on the floor and is attached to your blanket by a string. When the alarm goes off, the robot moves and pulls the blanket off of you.
The robot also poops, which is it’s way of removing the cleaning filter. Some really neat ideas here, but I wonder how good the vacuuming is.
Meet Hubo II, the newer faster version of Hubo. The original Hubo was developed in 2004 and both Hubos were developed at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology’s Humanoid Robot Research Center, by professor Oh Jun Ho and a team of research students.
Hubo II weighs one third less than the original Hubo and walks with a straight leg gate as opposed to a bent knee. This allows him to walk faster.
The robot has more than 40 motors and dozens of sensors, cameras, and controllers. It carries a lithium polymer battery with a 480 watt-hour capacity, which keeps the robot running up 2 hours with movement and up to 7 hours without movement.
Hubo II is also adept at holding things like hands or bottles and as shown here, swords.
Also check out this interview with Oh Jun Ho from 2005.
Click through for a video of Hubo II brandishing a fake sword. Take that Asimo!
The carriage can be put on automatic mode, giving the tiny tot a ride around your room without bumping into any pesky chairs or tables while it follows mom.
Older tots can actually steer the carriage and still won’t bump into anything thanks to sensors.
Bomo also has a gently rocking to-and-fro motion mode for the tots amusement.
Now available from Korea for about $780.
In the image here, the blue dot is the good guy, like a security guard and the red dot is the bad guy, like an intruder. The researchers have created an algorithm that allows the blue dot to intercept the red dot by using a path that is sneaky and not direct.
The algorithm takes into account robot size, size of objects it can hide behind and speed of the intruder.
Wow, they are creating a robot that can hide on us.
Now that really is creepy!