Mar 082006

Scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Architecture and Software Technology working in conjunction with the Department of Neurology at Berlin’s Charite hospital have developed a neural interface capable of intercepting neural impulses in the brain and using them to control a cursor and write sentences on a computer. The system, aptly dubbed the Brain Computer Interface, will be on display at CeBIT which opens tomorrow in Hanover, Germany.

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Jan 172006

JVC J4 Bluetooth robotEven though it was initially announced in the fall of 2004 at the CEATEC trade show in Tokyo, details about JVC’s J4 Bluetooth-controlled robot have been few and far between. Engadget is reporting today that JVC had the J4 out on display again in Japan recently, and quite frankly the details are still sketchy. The original news article is in Japanese, but Engadget has been able to translate some of the new details. They’ve determined that the J4 has two CMOS cameras in its head capable of recording video. It has a lithium ion battery that gives it 90 minutes of power, and it can be controlled via voice or cell phone. Apparently it also is capable of the staples like singing and dancing. All in all except for the Bluetooth it seems comparable to the other humanoid robots out there. JVC’s got no plans for a commercial release although apparently this demonstration was to test the waters. I think I need to see some solid specs in English before I can form an opinion.

Oct 272005

Roboking, LG Electronics' cleaning robot

Gizmodo’s got a brief summary today of an article in the Korea Herald that outlines the government of South Korea’s desire to have commercially available intelligent robots by next year. The “intelligent service robot” project as it is being called by the Ministry of Information and Communication states that intelligent robots for entertainment, education, home security and household chores will be available in 2007 at a price of less than 1 million won (approx $950 USD).

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