Amazing Actroid Female Robot

The amazingly realistic female android, named Actroid DER 2, was demonstrated at the AKIBA Robot Festival here in the Akihabara district of Tokyo. 

Domo Robot Helping to Clean Up

Robot Domo Making a Drink

Humanoid Robot Domo Helping with Chores

Introduction to Humanoid Robot Domo

Assistive robot adapts to people, new places

In the futuristic cartoon series “The Jetsons,” a robotic maid named Rosie whizzed around the Jetsons’ home doing household chores–cleaning, cooking dinner and washing dishes.Such a vision of robotic housekeeping is likely decades away from becoming reality.But at MIT, researchers are working on a very early version of such intelligent, robotic helpers–a humanoid called Domo who grasp objects and place them on shelves or counters. Domo the robot lends Aaron Edsinger its helping hands.
MIT postdoctoral associate Aaron Edsinger gets some help from Domo, an assistive robot he has been developing for the last three years. Photo / Donna Coveney Continue reading

‘Guessing’ robots navigate faster

Robots that use educated guesswork to build maps of their surroundings are being tested by US researchers. The approach could let them navigate more easily through complex environments such as unfamiliar buildings, the researchers claim.

Navigation is one of the biggest challenges faced by mobile robots. One popular technique, dubbed SLAM (simultaneous localisation and mapping), involves having a robot build a map of the local area, whilst also tracking its position.

Now, George Lee and colleagues at Purdue University, US, have come up with an altogether different approach. They have developed an algorithm that uses information already collected to “guess” what comes next.

Read the article at NewScientistTech.