Telepresence is cool, but it’s currently not very versatile and--at least if you’re going the commercial telepresence robot route--pretty expensive. For a princely sum, you can remotely putter around a faraway office or home and communicate with people there via a computer terminal. Outside of that, the technology has yet to break down any serious walls. That is, until software engineer Taylor Veltrop devised a way to brush his cat remotely via a robotic avatar, spearheading what could be the biggest revolution in cat-grooming technology since that kitty brush that you wear like a glove.
One of our favorite dancing robots, Aldebaran Robotics’ Nao, is getting a big brother designed to act as a personal assistant. “Romeo,” a 4.5-foot-tall humanoid robot with a mildly amused expression, will be officially unveiled in March.
A troupe of dancing robots made its official debut Monday at the ongoing Shanghai 2010 Expo, wowing viewers with synchronized ballet-like movements. The Nao robot, designed by French firm Aldebaran Robotics, can be fully programmed to move in unison.
Check out their moves in this three-song compilation, which includes the finale of Ravel's Bolero, one of the best-known French orchestral pieces. The dancing bots debuted Monday in honor of the Expo's French Pavilion Day.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.