Robots gather for the World Conference in Beijing

Robotic creations of all shape, sizes and skill sets gather in Beijing for the Robot World Conference 2015. The world’s second-largest economy is already the leading market for industrial robots, accounting for a quarter of global sales, according to the International Federation of Robotics

RoBoHon, a human-shaped robot smartphone

RoboHon (a mix of the words robot and phone), will go on sale in Japan in the first half of 2016. It stands just under 20 centimeters high and packs a camera, projector and, on its back, an LCD screen. Of course, there’s also the mic, speaker and a facial and voice recognition system.

Robot Evolution

A look at some of the different hi-tech robots being developed today.

Plen the Skateboarding Robot

Plen is a small desktop toy humanoid robot that can replicate complex human movements. It is controlled remotely by use of a Bluetooth enabled phone. When programmed, it is able to use a skateboard, roller-skates, pick up, kick and throw small things, and stand up if he tumbles to the floor. It does not feature any sensors or automatic software reactions to certain events, as it is entirely remote-controlled.

Land Crawler eXtreme Locomotion Demo Video

Derived from the famous Segway the Land Crawler eXtreme is supported by a number of mechanical legs instead of wheels. Supported by 12 robotic legs in stainless steel, the Land Crawler eXtreme moves a bit like a spider. This machine is also inspired another creation named the ‘Cajun Crawler’. This robot will be more advanced, moving in all directions, supporting a weight of 90 kg and move a load of 360 kg.

Robot Fish

A robotic fish developed by scientists from Essex University is put through its paces in a special tank at the London Aquarium. It works via sensors and has autonomous navigational control.

NASA EDGE: Game Changing Robotics

NASA EDGE is different. Unscripted and unpredictable, NASA EDGE takes a unique look in and around the greatest space program on the planet.

Whether it’s the latest launch or the coolest gadgets, NASA EDGE hosts provide an offbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about NASA but thought you needed to be a rocket scientist, wait no longer. Watch NASA EDGE and embrace your inner astronaut.

 
 

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