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 (Humanoid for Open Architecture Platform) series of robots for several years. The latest incarnation, the HOAP-3, was first announced in July of 2005. It stands 60 cm tall, weighs almost 9 kg, and is powered by a Pentium-M 1.1 GHz processor running Linux. It can respond to voice commands and process sounds and images. Remote computer control is possible via USB or built-in 802.11g WiFi.
At IREX, the HOAP-3 interacted with its human handlers, and then spent some time playing alone with a plastic bat and pink ball.