Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Cool Idea but they need to change their name!

This is a great idea. I can't wait for the day when I can just watch a football game and have a robot bring me and my friends our drinks. Of course, the robot will be smart enough to be able to determine if we need more liquid nourishment by regularly scanning our skin surface for dehydration. However, I'm just hoping that it will be developed by a company that does not have the same acronym for the most traumatizing male illness :-P

Original post can be found on engadget.com


ED unveils programmable, home-serving U-ROBO bot with RFID

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While domesticated robots are becoming a (frighteningly) common inclusion in techno-friendly homes, Korean 'bot manufacturer ED has a home-ready robot that sports a plethora of communication venues including ZigBee and RFID. The ED-7270 (dubbed U-ROBO), touts a sophisticated similarity to the pioneering R2-D2, and can complete a myriad of in-home chores by using the included software to program its pathways, actions, and movements. While we aren't sure if the "ubiquitous robotic companion" can manhandle a broom or cook dinner, the innards are fairly potent nonetheless; beneath the U-ROBO's cute outfit is a 1GHz Intel Pentium processor, 512MB of RAM, WiFi, Ethernet, USB 2.0, ZigBee cooridinator, RFID reader, and a RS-232 serial port. It also rocks a 6.4-inch touchscreen, programmable display beneath his "eyes," voice recognition, motion / light detectors, and an eight-axis motor that has no qualms wheeling up slopes or braving extreme temperatures. Although we don't know precisely when these intelligent robots will start mopping our floors (or taking over our domicile), we're sure the undisclosed price will keep them in the hands of the rich and famous for awhile anyway.

[Via AVing]

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