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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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Ozobot
Ozobot is a robotic game piece that slides smoothly across a physical surface, such as a game board or digital tablet. The pocket-sized device detects colors, lines, and patterns, as well as SmartCode instructions on paper, iPad/Android tablets, or Monopoly-style game boards. There's a striking similarity between the cute-as-a-button Ozobot and the dot-chomping characters from Pac-Man, and perhaps that's no accident. Ozobot is a potential platform for game developers, who can buy the device for $49 once the company's Kickstarter campaign gets underway this month.

Ozobot
Ozobot is a robotic game piece that slides smoothly across a physical surface, such as a game board or digital tablet. The pocket-sized device detects colors, lines, and patterns, as well as SmartCode instructions on paper, iPad/Android tablets, or Monopoly-style game boards. There's a striking similarity between the cute-as-a-button Ozobot and the dot-chomping characters from Pac-Man, and perhaps that's no accident. Ozobot is a potential platform for game developers, who can buy the device for $49 once the company's Kickstarter campaign gets underway this month.

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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?

 
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.:-)
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.
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