OFRO is a new mobile robot that will be patrolling and monitoring the grounds of this summer's World Cup. Using a 360° rotating "thermo camera" and two ultrasound distance sensors, the robot will record any suspicious activity and transmit the footage back to a security control room. The OFRO can follow several predefined routes for up to 12 hours at a time, and it was designed to withstand many different environmental conditions, including inclement weather and low temperatures. "Withstanding environmental conditions" is not quite the same as "withstanding thousands of angry soccer fans' unforgiving fists," so the next time you see OFRO, it will probably be as one overzealous soccer fan attempts to have sex with its broken and hollow shell.
Tomotaka Takahashi noticed the dominance of male robots in the industry and decided he'd create a female one, that not only looked female but moved in a feminine way as well. The FT (female type) robot was shown at New York Japan Society's Tech Epoch, where it struck poses Ã l... / Continue →
The inventer of a bear-protection suit has created a much slimmer version which has been designed to stave off bullets, explosives, knives, and clubs. The suit is called Trojan and the inventer describes it as the "first ballistic, full exoskeleton body suit of armour" and he hop... / Continue →
The new Japanese music robot Miuro, designed to turn an iPod music player into a scuttling boombox-on-wheels, is shown during a press conference in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. Equipped with speaker systems developed with Japanese audio-maker Kenwood Corp., the 35-centimeter ... / Continue →