Fujitsu Emotion BearThe Fujitsu Emotion Bear is a robotic teddy bear with motors ballooned body, camera in its nose and with advanced AI technology. It runs image recognition software to recognize people with 13 touch sensors. It is designed to cooperate with people, move its head and paws, laugh, cry, sneeze and track people’s faces. It can be explained like robot toys, Sony’s dog robot Aibo and dinosaur robot Pleo. It is sure a concept product but you can not buy it because Fujitsu isn’t ready to sell it.
Robots By iRobotiRobot brought two new home robots to CES: Roomba and Scooba washer.
Scooba 230, starting at $300, is designed to get into small areas such as that dreaded space around the toilet, its size is 16 centimeters in diameter and 9 cm high. But its design can only use clean solution to wash the floors, and can’t work with dirty water. The robot can clean 14 square meters of linoleum, tile, or sealed hardwood floors in a single sitting and has an active reservoir that keeps the cleaning solution and dirty water separate.
Roomba, a powerful robot of 700 series got 20 percent better sucking up power of fine dirt particles and new power management software providing 50 percent longer battery life than previous generations of Roomba. The new vacuum units start at US $450.
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SpheroSphero, developed by Orbotix of Boulder, Colo., it is a robotic ball that can be controlled with an iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth. You can control the movement of the ball by sliding your finger on a circular control. By that you can play office golf or challenge a friend for a game of sumo ball. The Sphero balls change color but don't have cameras or other sensors. Somebody may call it a remote control toy and may diagree to call it a robot, but hopes of Orbotix depend on the API, he says that by providing new capabilities to the open API it will be called a full bot.
There are no details on price and availability, except that it should cost less than $100 and hit the market later this year.
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Murata BoyDeveloped by Murata Manufacturing Co., Murata Boy is a little humanoid robot that rides a bicycle. It was appeared at CES along with a new companion Murata Girl. Murata Girl can ride a unicycle, blushes and nods her head. Both robots can balance in place or even ride along a narrow beam. Show demonstrators controlled them by waving specially designed wands.
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VgoCreation of Vgo Communications in Nashua, N.H., the Vgo robot, allows remote workers to not only see, hear, and talk but also move around and collaborate more effectively with colleagues. The Vgo robot is 1.2 meter, or 4 feet, tall. This telepresence robot is selling for $5,000 plus a service contract -- an attractive price compared to competitors, which costs $15,000. One wonders how it feels to embody them. The company says that executives at Palantir Health and Orbitz have been using the robot to improve collaboration and reduce travel across multiple offices.
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