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Robot Watson On Jeopardy

Deep BlueIn a match similar to that of when Deep Blue played Garry Kasparov in a famous chess match, another robot will play on the quiz show Jeopardy this coming February.

The robot created by IBM is called Watson and will play against two previous winners Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

The winner will claim a $1 million prize.  If IBM wins it will donate they money to charity and Ken and Brad will donate half of their winnings to charity if they win.

Tune in to Jeopardy on February 14 – 16 2011 to watch the matches.

Shown here is a picture of Deep Blue from Wikipedia.

Link via (Fox News)

Update 2/17/11 and the winner is……..Watson, but not without a few wrong answers

Washington Post


White House Science Fair

Check out this awesome video from the White House Science Fair.

As President Obama says,

I never miss a chance to see cool robots.”

How cool is that?!

One of the robots he had a chance to see was a soccer playing robot from Pennsylvania.

Also, our president reveals that he will be making a guest appearance on a future episode of Mythbusters.

This is all part of the Educate To Innovate initiative.

Link via (LA Times)


Two Wheeled Robot

motor shield2 wheeled platform

Follow along as we attempt to build our first two wheeled robot using three main components.

We will be using an Arduino Duemilanove for the brain, an Adafruit Motor Shield and 2 Wheeled Mobile Platform from MakerShed.

We are not sure yet what we will have the robot do.  We do have a Maxbotix LV-EZ1 Ultrasonic Range Finder and may use that to help it avoid bumping into walls, or we may use some photocells to make a line following robot.

Ultimately, when it is done is three or four years it will deliver cold beer and do almost everything as Tom Waits says in Step Right Up.

That’s right, it filets, it chops
It dices, slices, never stops
Lasts a lifetime, mows your lawn
And it mows your lawn
And it picks up the kids from school
It gets rid of unwanted facial hair
It gets rid of embarrassing age spots
It delivers a pizza
And it lengthens, and it strengthens
And it finds that slipper that’s been at large
Under the chaise lounge for several weeks
And it plays a mean Rhythm Master
It makes excuses for unwanted lipstick on your collar

Kidding aside, what should we have our little two wheeled robot do when it is done?

Leave your suggestions in the comments and follow our progress on the build page.


Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair

logoNext time we are in the Ann Arbor Michigan area we will definitely have to check this store out called Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair.  An actual robot repair shop?  How cool is that. Makes me wish I actually had a Rosie the robot from the Jetsons so I could take her in for repairs.

Liberty Street also house a writing center for young people in back.  The kids get a real kick out of having to go through a robot store to get to a writing workshop.  Sounds like a cool place.

Don’t forget that Maker Faire Detroit is happening this coming weekend.

For more info check out this Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair video.


Robot Weds Couple In Tokyo

i-Fairy Robot Conducts WeddingA happy couple were recently married in Tokyo by an i-Fairy robot from Kokoro.  The robot can speak Japanese or English and i-Fairy can be used as an MC in live events or like a secretary or receptionist.  I’m not sure i-Fairy can actually type though.

Seen here is a screen grab of i-Fairy wearing flowers at the wedding.

Click through for a video of i-Fairy from CES 2010.  Also see this PDF file of i-Fairy’s specs.

See out previous post about a South Korean couple wedded by a robot in 2007.

Thanks for the tip Morgan.

Link via (Akihabara News)

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