Tag: biped

Mar 18 2006

Pirkus-R Gets a Facial Recognition Upgrade

Pirkus-R Type-01 robot

PinkTentacle.com reports today that the Pirkus-R Type-01 robot has recently had its facial recognition software updated. The upgrade addresses limitations that had often hindered recognition attempts by earlier models, including variations in lighting and positioning of the target subjects. Now Pirkus-R can track the location and orientation of its target and move itself into position …

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Feb 10 2006

Robotis RX, South Korea’s Running Robot

Robotis RX

The Korea Times is reporting that on Thursday South Korean robot manufacturer Robotis unveiled the RX, a robot capable of running at almost 0.5 mph. Developed in conjunction with Samsung Electronics and Korea’s Ministry of Information and Communication, the RX stands 2 feet tall. Like the Robotis’s Bioloid kit, the RX is made up of modular …

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Feb 08 2006

WR-07 Robo-One Transformer

WR-07 Robo-One Transformer

As if it it weren’t difficult enough to build and program a regular biped robot for Robo-One events, Nakamura-san at Himeji Soft Works in Japan has raised the bar with the WR-07, a car that transforms smoothly on the fly into a battle-ready humanoid and back again. It’s no surprise that Robots-Dreams.com has the scoop …

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Jan 30 2006

HRP-2 Promet

HRP-2 Promet humanoid robot

Thankfully it seems that when one Japanese humanoid robot meets an untimely end it isn’t too long until another appears on the scene to take its place. Qrio may be headed towards an early grave, but Gizmodo caught an AP article from last Friday describing the HRP-2 Promet, a new humanoid robot being developed by …

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Dec 04 2005

Fujitsu’s Linux-Powered HOAP-3

Fujitsu HOAP-3 robot

I must admit that I am having a hard time keeping up with all of the reports coming out of IREX. Even though I am falling behind, there are still a handful of robots in my backlog that I feel are worthy of mention, the first being the HOAP-3. Fujitsu has been developing the HOAP …

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Dec 03 2005

The ZMP nuvo: a Humanoid Robot for Everyone

ZMP nuvo

Another familiar face on display at IREX this week was the nuvo. Manufactured by ZMP, Inc. and billed as “the first-home-use-type humanoid robot in the world,” the nuvo stands 39 cm tall and weights 2.5 kg. Looking more like a work of modern art than a fully functional robot, the nuvo has its designer Ken …

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Dec 02 2005

Kondo Shows Off at IREX

Kondo KHR-1

Although it’s been around for more than a year and a half, the Kondo KHR-1 robot made an appearance at IREX this week showing off its moves. Sozbots, Kondo’s manufacturer, bills it as a “fighting” robot, which makes sense since it was initially designed for participation in the Robo-One Robot Fighting Tournaments. Weighing 1.2 kg …

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