Random Robot Roundup

Posted 22 Feb 2008 at 16:58 UTC by steve Share This

Here's another dump of a robot news items from the editor's inbox here at Japanese researchers have embedded a camera in a mouse's brain to observe the process of memory formation. It's hoped the mouse brain camera will help both cognitive scientists and Parkinson's disease researchers. Mark Micire alerted us to a recent issue of Wiley's normally closed/proprietary Journal of Field Robotics that's available to the public; it contains lots of PDFs of intersting robot research. Another reader mentioned a story on the latest military 3D laser sensor for autonomous robots. Shawn H. Corey sent a link to The first environmentally powered robotic submersible. From deep in the uncanny valley, we have video of Japan's latest android, a female robot called a simroid, who helps train dentists by letting them know when they make painful mistakes. Ouch. Another reader sent an Engadget link to a robot that looks like more fun, the Kota Triceratops Toy - a really big dinosaur robot that kids can ride. The Tricerabot runs on 6 D cells and will retail for $300. Know any other robot news, gossip, or amazing facts we should report? Send 'em our way please.

Thans for a great Random Robot Roundup!, posted 23 Feb 2008 at 14:48 UTC by AI4U » (Observer)

These Random Robot Roundups are just fascinating and amazing. Thanks for posting another good one.


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spamming, posted 23 Feb 2008 at 16:44 UTC by steve » (Master)

I don't suppose it would help to ask you politely to stop spamming the site with your unrelated replies, would it?

not spamming, posted 23 Feb 2008 at 20:52 UTC by AI4U » (Observer)

Steve, your worthy site should not engage in censorship but should let people communicate their ideas to other persons interested in robotics. Some ideas are so hard to understand, but potentially so valuable, that they need to be communicated in a very aggressive way that may look like spamming, but is merely an insistence on being heard. You, Steve, of all people, should take a stand against censorship. -Arthur of AI4U

re: not spamming, posted 23 Feb 2008 at 21:58 UTC by steve » (Master)

No one is suggesting you be censored. Any member of, even uncertified users, can post in their blog to their heart's content about their own theories of AI. I'm simply asking you not to vandalize what you call a "worthy site" with these unrelated posts.

Why not build (or buy) a simple robot kit and try to implement a robot controller based on your ideas? Write it up and send me a link. I'll happily post a story about it. But all you're going to do by spamming every story with these self-serving links is annoy everyone.

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