If you're as big a fan of robots as we are, and if you like Star Wars as much, then check out the SlothFurnace Desktop Theater collection of free robot wallpaper for your PC:
I have what some people might call an 'Obsession' with robots, but they aren't the only theme in my life. I've been making do with the largest bicycle frame that Trek makes for several years. The bike is great, and I've put uncounted miles (km actually, since I live in Japan). But after a long ride I always feel some pain in my shoulders, neck, and back. And, I know there is too much weight on my wrists.
So, last week while I was in New York on business I took the time to stop by Bicycle Habitat in lower Manhattan. The service and know-how was excellent. They immediately knew what I was talking about and took the time to explain everything to me in great detail. It didn't matter to them that my bicycle hadn't been purchased from their store, or that I lived overseas and wasn't likely to ever bring my bicycle into them for service.
They went over the options and we settled on a handlebar stem extender along with several spacers. They even showed me how to install the extender using a bike in their shop for demonstration purposes. After I arrived back home, and had a day or so to adjust to the jet lag, I tackled the installation with zero problems.
My bicycle feels like it fits me and is a pleasure to ride now. I'm looking forward to a long and active summer filled with lots of adventures exploring this part of the country.
Now, i just need to find the Robot Habitat store...
Pretty sweet when you run across a photo that combines several things that have played a major positive role in your life. In this case, for me, it's robots, motorcycles, and advanced photography.
In principle we like the cute little HEXBUG Micro Robotic Creatures and can understand how they might be fun to watch and play with, even though we're not sure that they trigger any real long term interest in robotics or technology.
At the same time, the toy community really appreciates the robot bugs enough to honor the HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set as the Specialty Toy of the Year 2010 at the American International Toy Fair held earlier this month in New York City. The organization's annual TOTY awards recognize ",,, the best in toys and children's entertainment and the outstanding achievements made by individuals and companies."
It's that time of year again, time for the annual Engadet award voting. This time around the robot selection might be a bit questionable, at least for some dedicated robot fans. They might argue about a couple of the robots that were included, and quite a few that were left out. Never the less, the voting is limted to one of the selections offered on the Engadget ballot, so click on over to the 2010 Engadget Awards page and make your vote count!
Some analysts are expecting strong benefits for Japanese robot makers triggered by the current economic situation, especially inflation in Asian economies.
"Japanese robot and machinery makers could be winners this year as Asian manufacturers, faced with rising wage costs and surging prices for energy and other commodities, seek to boost efficiency and cut labor dependency by automating their production lines..."
What they don't mention is the possibility that in the longer term, as production becomes more and more automated, those same production lines may move back to the US and Europe. As the percentage of total product manufacturing and distribution cost attributed to labor drops, off shoring manufacturing will become less and less attractive while other factors, like shipping, communications, responsiveness, and support will play a bigger role in corporate decision making and strategic planning.
Robot makers to win from Asia inflation: report