Fun with Robotics

I had heard that Japan had a lot of robotics. We were walking down the street, and I saw some inside a shop, and so we stopped.

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That’s Kate with Pepper, a robot that stood nearly 4 feet tall. It’s image processing was quite good and looked Kate right in the eye as she tried to communicate with it. Unfortunately, this robot understood only Japanese and so Kate didn’t get very far with communicating with it.

However, we got a chance to see the new Droid robot from the next Star Wars film. The sales clerk demoed it for us, controlling it with her cell phone.

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It was quite neat. The “head” of the robot rotated around the locomotion ball as it rolled around the room. Thus, the head stayed on top as it rolled along. One could guide it with the cell phone. This is quite an impressive little electronic toy — yours for $200!

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