I'd Rather Risk It: Japan's Seeing Eye Robot

November 7, 2011


This is a seeing eye robot developed by Japanese ball-bearings giant NSK, who actually wants to see the robo-dog hit production lines by 2020. *eying calendar* I'd...work on something I could monetize a little quicker.

With this third iteration, unveiled late last month, NSK and UEC have added a Microsoft Kinect sensor, which allows it to more easily identify and navigate obstacles or stairs...The bot's paws have also been equipped with obstacle-avoiding bumper sensors, and researchers are working on incorporating voice commands, as well. NSK says its guide dog could eventually feature GPS capabilities to provide more accurate directions for the blind and visually impaired, though it'll probably be a while before it hits the pavement; the company hopes to commercialize the dogbot by 2020.

Oh man, this reminds me of the time I locked myself out of my girlfriend's apartment walking her cat and decided to pass the time at a bar until she got home.

*GW puts on sunglasses, enters bar with cat on leash*
Bartender: Service animals only!
Me: I'm blind, this is a service animal.
Bartender: No, that's a cat.

Oldie but a goody. Hit the jump for a video of the seeing eye bot in action.

NSK developing Kinect-laced robotic guide dog for the blind [engadget]

Thanks to Doomie, who'd rather risk it than be caught crossing a flashing "don't walk" street with this thing.

  • I actually really like the new layout! It's clean, easy to navigate, and unobtrusive. Your designer did a great job, though I do take issue with the hot pink. It's not that the color is offensive, but for a blog brimming with so much testosterone, it does seem a bit out of place.

  • This_Update_Sucks

    The pink on white makes me feel like im reading a pre-teen girls blog. Ugh...

    And commenting is confusing as Hell now.

  • This_Update_Sucks

    The pink on white makes me feel like im reading a pre-teen girls blog. Ugh...
    And commenting is confusing as Hell now.

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  • MgenGlder

    Too. fucking. bright.

  • S199

    boring new design...just another wordpress theme...WTF
    get back to the old design FFS ! this is wack

  • Alexandre Mantha

    What have you done to the reply system? An with tohse color everythink look alike, I almost cant make the difference between the commercials and your post!

  • aoifem10

    Pink?! You put pink in it? Fucking why

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    Black was better.

    Also, please stop turning everything into Facebook.

  • Tennist0

    I'm not a fan of the new design either

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    white& pink looks like shit
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  • You should, like, sell this website design.  You could call it "Aesthetically Denuded Generic Template."    That's catchy.

  • Shaun Fernandez

    Black backround, white lettering.  Thank you GW. 

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  • Also I miss being able to make up my name.. but I guess that's not as big of a deal...


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