NEC is promoting PaPeRo Petit, the new mini-sized implementation of their well known but little utilised PaPeRo service robot, and the PaPeRo Partner Program.
The PaPeRo concept, which featured built-in cameras, 8 microphones with direction detection, touch sensors, voice recognition, and other interactive features, was quite innovative when it was first announced many years ago. Now it seems a bit dated.
To refresh interest in PaPeRo, NEC announced that the system’s API will be disclosed to application partners, and that the system has been enhanced with substantial ‘cloud’ functionality. Their business plan projects 10 billion yen (USD$100 million) in total sales volume over the next three years, which has to be a typo since there way too many zeros in that number. They are targeting 100 companies as development/marketing/sales partners with the program.
PaPeRo Petit is roughly half the size of it’s larger older brother, the PaPeRo R500, and stands 24 cm tall while weighing in at 1.3 kg.
According to the NEC presentation material, the voice recognition reliability has achieved 90% on average, which they feel makes it practical for use in real world applications. I haven’t seen similar performance statistics for SIRI or Dragon Dictate, but based on my own experience, their performance is much better than 90%.
Here’s the earlier PaPeRo version (circa 2008) in action:
This Kickstarter project uses an innovative approach to produce 3D printed circuit boards on a wide range of different substrate materials.
It won’t meet everyone’s needs, and the long term reliability of the circuits it produces is still to be established, but if you do a lot of circuit board prototyping or want to explore more exotic applications like wearable electronics, this project might be just the ticket.
No etching, no harsh chemicals, and almost zero lead-time. Just print out your circuit board design using the two-pass system and you’re ready to install the components and test.
Product demo and test flight in Caspian sea. Wanna see PARS Robot in your country ?! You can support Caspian Robotics, the spin-off startup of RTSLab on http://www.f6s.com/caspianrobotics or https://angel.co/caspian-robotics-1
By NiMA Asghari
Jin Sato, the founder of JS-Robotics, developed the OpenFace robot avatar project and plans to make the STL files available so that others can use it as a base to give their robot creations more personality and realism. With the exception of a few screws and other parts, the design is completely 3D printable. The sample demonstrated at the IREX robot exhibition in Tokyo was printed on a Solidoodle printer and features 6 degrees of freedom.
By Robots Dreams
At Engadget Expand on Nov. 8 in New York, MAKE digital fabrication editor Anna Kaziunas France announced the MAKE 3D Printer Buyer's Guide on the main stage to an audience of sponsors and press. Along with addressing the current state of 3D printing, she also describes the process of testing the printers, and the winners of each category.
At the IREX 2013 robotics exhibition in Tokyo Japan, Kawada demonstrated the NEXTAGE seris of cooperative robots. In this demonstration the two robots coordinate their work, communicate with each other, in addition to passing parts and supporting each other.
By Robots Dreams
Above all, robots should be fun, even at major trade shows and exhibitions.
By Robots Dreams
One of the key themes with industrial and factory automation robots at IREX was safety, especially for robots designed to work closely with humans on assembly lines and other similar applications. The ReThink Robotics distributor showed off Baxter's safety by letting visitors to the show handle the robots arm.
By Robots Dreams
The Robotis Darwin Mini humanoid robot is getting a lot of attention, even though it isn’t schedule to go on sale until sometime next year. The robot, which should set a new standard for outstanding price/performance, demonstrated its skill playing a Beach Flag game at a robot competition in Tokyo over the weekend:
Note: This is an early prototype of the robot, currently being evaluated by Sugiura Machine Design Office.
The robot will be open-source/open-hardware, enabling users to add their own functionality, sensors, and even design/create their own 3D printed shells. It’s expected to sell in the USD$500-$600 price range.
Look what the White House just announced for Tuesday afternoon (ET):
Have you ever considered what you might create with a state-of-the-art digital design studio? Have you ever thought about planning and printing a new pair of sneakers, instead of just buying some? Have you ever dreamt about what you would make if you had all the tools of industrial design at your fingertips?
Well, those dreams may be closer than you think.
A new generation of American pioneers is democratizing the tools of the industrial revolution and spreading them to students around the country. But these tools aren’t the rusty machines you might imagine – they’re 3-D printers, laser cutters, and water jets, and they give you the ability to make almost anything. Not only that, they may be coming soon to a school near you.
Announcing the first ever White House Science Fair, the President called for an all hands on deck approach to grow a generation of Americans who are, “the makers of things, and not just the consumers of things.” And at the 2012 White House Science Fair, the President met student Joey Hudy and launched his marshmallow cannon, noting that Joey’s motto was, “Don’t be bored, make something.” Responding to that call, citizens, communities, and organizations are coming together to give students the tools to design with their minds and make with their hands.
Join us and leading tinkerers, educators, and innovators on Tuesday, November 12th, at 2:00 pm EST for a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout, called “Don’t Be Bored, Make Something”.
The Hangout will be moderated by Kumar Garg, Assistant Director for Learning and Innovation, and Cristin Dorgelo, Assistant Director for Grand Challenges, and will feature a panel of these leading experts:
- Bre Pettis, CEO, MakerBot, with the Replicator 2 3-D printer
- Mariah Noelle Villarreal, student and Maker Corps Mentor, Maker Education Initiative
- Mark Hatch, CEO, TechShop
- Lisa Brahms, Director of Learning and Research, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
- Rob Gorham, Deputy Director, America Makes
Hear from the people building the next generation of shop class by tuning into "We the Geeks: Don’t be Bored, Make Something" live on WhiteHouse.gov/WeTheGeeks and the White House Google+ page on Tuesday, November 12, at 2:00 pm EDT.
Got comments or questions? Ask them using the hashtag #WeTheGeeks on Twitter and on Google+ and we'll answer some of them during the live Hangout.