Random Robot Roundup

Posted 27 Oct 2008 at 22:33 UTC by steve Share This

While I've been away having fun at Maker Faire, the robot stories have been piling up in the inbox. Let's see, first off, I finally got the rest of my Austin Maker Faire photos uploaded and many even have captions, so you'll know what you're looking at. David Wiley let us know about the 2008 Halloween Robot Terror event, a robot costume contest which happened last weekend. Sorry that I didn't get the news out in time! It sounds like fun, here are some photos. Sylvain Calinon wrote to tell us about Salvador DaBot, a portraitist robot from EPFL who can draw your picture. There's also a YouTube video of Salvador DaBot in action. The CMU Robotics Institute has published an interesting study (PDF format) on introducing robots in the classroom as an educational tool. Jennifer Skene of PBS affiliate KQED in San Francisco let us know about two videos on robots and AI they've made available online: Artificial Intelligence: Think Big and A Dose of AI. Roland Piquepaille has been busy posting stories on a robot that destroys breast cancer cells, robot flowers, an improvising musical robot named Jambot, and one on Marvin the mobile autonomous Australian robot (you thought I was going to say Marvin, the Paranoid Android, didn't you?). Our own Swirling Brain has been busy too, digging up stories on a floating Mars robot, a robot planter with legs that keeps your plants in the sunlight, a coffee serving robot, an article on the vision system of the robot that won the UK Grand Challenge, more Mars robots, even more Mars robots, an autonomous Toyota Prius, and a US Navy robot designed to deliver "auto-snort podules" that will sniff out illegal drug traffickers and terrorists. Know any other robot news, gossip, or amazing facts we should report? Send 'em our way please.

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