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CES 2014: 8 Radical Robots

These robots won't conquer the world, but they will wash windows, watch aging parents, and entertain kids.
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Rapiro
Want to learn how to build your own humanoid robot? Rapiro is a programmable, do-it-yourself kit designed to teach robotics to coders and non-coders alike. You'll need a couple of screwdrivers to assemble this pint-sized device, which comes with RGB LED eyes and a limited set of preprogrammed skills. Designed primarily as a learning tool to teach robotics, Rapiro ships with open-source Arduino IDE, a C++-like programming environment. Rapiro has enough room under the hood for a Linux-based, Raspberry Pi credit card-sized PC (sold separately) for expanding the robot's capabilities. What might Rapiro do? Options include sending you message notifications via WiFi or acting as a home security bot. Priced at $450, Rapiro will be available in February.

Rapiro
Want to learn how to build your own humanoid robot? Rapiro is a programmable, do-it-yourself kit designed to teach robotics to coders and non-coders alike. You'll need a couple of screwdrivers to assemble this pint-sized device, which comes with RGB LED eyes and a limited set of preprogrammed skills. Designed primarily as a learning tool to teach robotics, Rapiro ships with open-source Arduino IDE, a C++-like programming environment. Rapiro has enough room under the hood for a Linux-based, Raspberry Pi credit card-sized PC (sold separately) for expanding the robot's capabilities. What might Rapiro do? Options include sending you message notifications via WiFi or acting as a home security bot. Priced at $450, Rapiro will be available in February.

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Thomas Claburn
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1/13/2014 | 8:01:50 PM
Re: Robot letdown
>A floor-washing robot sounds great, until you get one and realize how often you must empty and refill it.

 

It's generally easier to do it yourself than try to get a robot to take care of it. And that's like to be true for anything other than repetitive action in a controlled environment for decades to come.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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1/12/2014 | 10:51:12 PM
Re: Robot letdown
Frankly speaking at least my mother and many household women in China are not interested in cleaning robots. The Ecovacs' floor/window cleaning robots are available in many big shopping malls in Beijing but the sales figure is not so good. The gaming one looks more promising. I do like the idea of Rapiro - an expansible advanced robotic toy. Furthermore, the look is also attractive - more like my beloved LEGO figures.:-)
Laurianne
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1/10/2014 | 5:02:14 PM
Robot letdown
A floor-washing robot sounds great, until you get one and realize how often you must empty and refill it. A window washing robot would pose the same issue, I am guessing. The gaming robots may be the easiest sell?
WKash
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WKash,
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1/10/2014 | 2:35:08 PM
Not DARPA material
After seeing what DARPA robots do, it's hard to get too excited about these. But after all, it is the Consumer Electronics Show.
msmith801
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1/10/2014 | 1:10:57 PM
Tyche-o-graphical nonsense
"Real-time tracking of the human face recognition is possible, and if it fails to trace to find himself face moves."

Oh, the hilarity!
David F. Carr
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1/10/2014 | 12:26:52 PM
My son would love the Rapiro
 Rapiro looks like a good way to get kids programming and seeing the results of their work.
Shane M. O'Neill
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1/10/2014 | 12:06:49 PM
Re: Winbot FTW
Paro the baby seal looks like a warm and fuzzy robot companion. Let me see if I have $4,500 lying around.
Kristin Burnham
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1/10/2014 | 12:02:19 PM
Winbot FTW
Thumbs up for the Winbot -- one less chore for me! Readers: Which of these appeal the most to you?

 
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