Since we're on the topic of Japanese commercials and ads that use robots to promote products, check out the Glico Papico commerical below that features Tokyo Tower suddenly spliting into twin humanoid robots. It flashes by quickly, so don't blink or you'll miss it.
Over the past week I've been asked three times, by three different people, about the names used for screw heads. Oddly enough, the questioners were from totally different parts of the globe and don't know each other - at least as far as I know. It turns out that the same screw, and screw head, can have several different names, even in the same language, depending on the country and target application.
In researching, and answering, their questions I ran across this helpful and well writen Screw Head Chart by Zero Fasteners. It can't totally resolve the naming difference issues, but at least it was very useful in making sure that we were all describing the same thing.
Nike combines Parkour with robotics, at least computer graphic special effects robotics, to promote sports shoes. As awesome as the new Nike "Exploit Yourself" television commercial is, it should definitely be marked "Don't try this at home."
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You may have noticed that post have been rather scarce recently. In part that was caused by my work schedule, including spending the past week in the UK on a major customer assignment. While it's great for business, and helps keep a roof over our heads, it meant that we had almost zero time to work on new robot posts for our dedicated readers.
All of that will change over the 4th of July holiday, assuming everything goes according to plan. We'll be rolling out a new, improved blog format with a much easier work flow that will enable us to publish new posts on a much more regular and consistent basis. We really hope you like the new layout, news stories, and videos, and look forward to your feedback - positive or negative.
One of these days, perhaps in the not too distant future, robots and artificial intelligence technology will evolve to the point that our mechanical buddies will take on more and more of what we consider to be human characteristics. Over time they may even develop a deep longing for times past and want to recall memories of their ancestors.
Unfortunately no robot, and no human being, has been rigorously capturing and collecting images of the robots as they evolve. There is a significant risk that some of the robots will be lost to history or consigned to the scrap heap.
’The Robot Family Portrait Album Project’ continues
If you have to carry robots around, then what could be better than a robot bag? We use a Crumpler messenger bag, and love it.
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