The fifth generation of Aisoy1 comes with several new features and improvements while still retaining its very affordable price. Compared to the third generation introduced last year the new robot is powered by the Raspberry Pi 2 controller board, cloud support is introduced for a more refined experience while the Botmobile wheels and motors pack adds mobility to the robot.
Aisoy1 V5 with Botmobile add-on | Photo: Aisoy Robotics
Just like previous versions Aisoy1 V5 can be programmed in visual environments such as Scratch, Blockly and most standard IDEs and languages. The AIROS SDK is available for developers backed by a well-established community.
ReWalk Robotics introduced the sixth iteration of their well-known robotic exoskeleton aimed at enabling people with spinal cord injuries to walk on their feet again. The new ReWalk 6.0 features revised bracing to better distribute loads over the human body thus making it much easier and more comfortable to wear. The suit features a much sleeker design allowing it to be less intrusive and better integrate with the user’s lifestyle.
ReWalk 6.0 Exoskeleton | Photo: ReWalk Robotics
ReWalk suits are perhaps the most widely adopted and approved exoskeletons worldwide for medical and – very notably – for personal use as well, allowing people to quickly get back into the community and not just be bound to using these suits during rehabilitation sessions and such.
Another social robot seeks for your family’s attention these days on Indiegogo, it’s name is Buddy and comes from France. The robot can assist all members of the family in a number of ways – it can keep agendas, make suggestions based on search input, interface with smart home devices, it can keep kids entertained, and it can also perform surveillance of the house. Buddy can also be accessed remotely to let you see what’s going on at home. There are also several accessories that allow for customizing your robot.
Buddy Robot | Photo: Blue Frog Robotics
Buddy was created by Rodolphe Hasselvander, former director of French robotics research institute CRIIF and founder of Blue Frog Robotics. While today’s personal robots are a far cry from our childhood’s highly intelligent robotic characters from movies and TV shows, this niche is steadily evolving and the Buddy robot is another step forward. In fact it seems that we crave for such robots – the US $100,000 campaign goal was reached in about a day.
Vortex is a robot that aims to familiarize kids with robotics in a very friendly and fun way. It is easily programmable by means of an iOS or Android mobile app, but it can be played with right out of the box thanks to various pre-installed games. The robot has been created by well known Chinese company DFRobot and has been launched on Kickstarter only a couple of days ago, already raising over half its intended goal.
Vortex robot | Photo: DFRobot
DFRobot is a company specialized in creating educational robotics platforms, as well as hardware modules and components for major open-source platforms such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi. Vortex is intended “re-invent” robotic toys – to paraphrase its tagline – by offering good levels of interactivity, customization and a very affordable US $69 entry price.
Less than a week ago we have witnessed something a little out of the ordinary — American company MegaBots challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a duel not between stock prices or annual reports but between the giant robots they’ve created. On July 5th the Japanese company accepted the challenge so the game in on between MegaBot mk. 2 and Kuratas just as long as there are no weapons involved. When the duel will take place is yet to be established.
They will meet soon
So, who is our challenger? MegaBots Inc. surfaced in Fall 2014 introducing a giant robot concept in a Kickstarter campaign for raising 1.8 Million US Dollars. Funding was unsuccessful however Autodesk joined in helping the two founders and developers to bring their concept to life.
Thanks to our age-old need for communication today we have countless ways of getting in touch with each other from any part of the world. Telepresence robots added a new dimension by allowing us to explore and even interact with remote environments in a more familiar way. However since we don’t live in an utopian world budgets need to be taken into account, and one can only welcome cost effective telepresence solutions as they appear. RambleBot is one of these – an inexpensive telepresence robot that will set you back no more than US $199 in a standard configuration, while the few optional extras available right now will add up to no more than several tens of Dollars extra. The robot was designed with ease of use and practicality in mind, especially since it was born from the need of its founder and creator Matt Walker to keep more in touch with his kids overseas.
RambleBot Telepresence Robot | Photo: RambleBot
The RambleBot system is very simple – a smartphone other similar device running a dedicated app is interfaced with the robot allowing the remote user to connect with the robot over the Internet by means of a web service, and that’s it. However, as we will see in the following, there are some nice and useful touches that RambleBot aims to bring to the industry, such as increased security and very low maintenance. Matt was kind enough to provide extensive insights on the RambleBot system, pointed out current challenges, and also discussed about future development as well.