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House-Sitting Robots from Japan

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Eh-Wire writes “Roborior, a house-sitting robot armed with a digital camera, infrared sensors and a videophone is on sale in select Japanese department stores. The house-sitting robot can detect break-ins with it’s infrared sensors and then call the owners cell phone and stream video to the tiny screen. At $2600 each the Roborior is not cheap. For those that require something a little more substantial, Tmusk, the manufacturer of Roborior, has produced a four legged version called Banryu. This one is the size of a large dog and sells for around $18,000. It’s not supposed to shed hair or sleep on the furniture which could make it quite popular.”

Slashdot | House-Sitting Robot Hits Store Shelves in Japan

Apple’s Mighty Mouse

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

The day has come when Apple and Steve has seen the light, and created a multi-buttoned mouse, it even features a “touchpoint” (It’s rumoured to be a little ball and a small speaker for feedback). Last but not least it works with a PC.
Apple’s new $49 Mighty Mouse—first with right click and no buttons – Engadget – www.engadget.com

Female Android Prototype Unvieled

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

We knew it would eventually happen, someone at Realdoll called the guys at robo-lab!! :) Heck! In a few years I’ll buy a couple myself!

“An android could get away with it for a short time, 5-10 seconds. However, if we carefully select the situation, we could extend that, to perhaps 10 minutes,” – Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, Osaka University, Japan.

jolyon writes “The BBC is reporting that Japanese scientists have unveiled the most human-looking robot yet devised – a “female” android called Repliee Q1. ‘She’ has flexible silicone for skin rather than hard plastic, can flutter her eyelids, move her hands like a human and even appears to breathe. She can only sit though at present, so we’re a long way from Blade Runner yet.”

* Slashdot | Japanese Develop ‘Female’ Android

Japan to Build 10 Petaflop Supercomputer

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

/. deepexplorer writes Japan wants to gain the fastest supercomputer spot back. Japan wants to develop a supercomputer that can operate at 10 petaflops, or 10 quadrillion calculations per second, which is 73 times faster than the Blue Gene. Current fastest supercomputer is the partially finished Blue Gene is capable of 136.8 teaflops and the target when finished is 360 teraflops.”

* Slashdot | Japan Wants to Build 10 Petaflop Supercomputer

* CNN | Japan to build world’s fastest supercomputer

Open Sourced Beer

Monday, July 25th, 2005

darkonc writes “The CBC has notes and an interview with Dane Rasmus Nielsen who decided to reduce the confusion between ‘free as in speech’ and ‘free as in beer’ by making a beer free — in speech. The result is Vores Øl, an open source beer. The CBC site includes the recipe for the beer which is made with Guarana beans, and gives it a bit of a caffeine-like hit. The danish site downloads include the label for the beer (which is also Open Source).”

* Slashdot | Free Beer That’s Free as in Speech