Telepresence Robot has no arms to harass people with

Telepresence Robot has no arms to harass people with

Anybots new robot, the QA can be controlled remotely over Wi-Fi and 3G. So you can use the robot as an interface to communicate with people. Sometimes I have to run to the shop and I don’t want to go near humans. The QA could almost do the trick but unfortunately – since it has no hands – it’s hard to shoplift with it. Being lighter then it’s predecessor, it can speed up to 6 MPH.

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Technical Specifications

  • Batteries: rechargeable Li ion, 4-6 hours of operation
  • Connectivity: 802.11g wireless (optional 3G cellular)
  • Cameras: two 5 MP color, with ir illuminator
  • Video: 20 FPS @ 640×480 (depending on network)
  • Audio: full duplex, high fidelity
  • Display: 7 inch (18 cm) color LCD in chest
  • Laser pointer: green 10 mW, points and draws shapes
  • Navigation: LIDAR, 5.5 yard (5 meter) range
  • Speed: up to 6 MPH (10 km/h)
  • Wheels: two 12 inch (30 cm) diameter rubber
  • Height: 5 foot (152 cm) standing, 2 foot (61 cm) bending
  • Weight: 30 pounds (14 kg)
  • Client software: PC and Mac compatible

[Via Sam’s blog]

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Best Product Name of CES 2009 Award goes to…

Best Product Name of CES 2009 Award goes to…

The gear these Austrian ladies are selling is pretty cool. It’s a bunch of straps and bags for all your gadgets that wrap around your body like a bandoleer. But what are they called? I’m glad you asked.

URBAN TOOL.

That’s right. URBAN TOOL. It’s such a great phrase. Peter Ha, for example, is an URBAN TOOL, especially if you take out the URBAN part.

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Hands on with Psyko’s novel and innovative headphones

Hands on with Psyko’s novel and innovative headphones

We heard about Psyko a few days ago, and they won accolades for innovation, producing a pair of surround-sound headphones that’s using a totally different kind of technology. Essentially the sound is produced in five separate drivers above your head, then guided down pipes to your ears. They’re untraditional in every way, and I just wish I could have tried them out in a quiet room instead of the infernal racket that is the CES show floor.

Let’s be honest, now: these are some weird-looking headphones. And a test configuration I tried with bigger plushy headpads looked even more so. But first of all, who really cares? You’re not wearing these to the ball, Cinderella. And second, they felt incredibly light and comfortable. Like, you won’t believe how light they are. I’ve been reviewing a really nice but quite heavy pair of Ultrasones for a while, and this is a breath of fresh air. Speaking of which, the ear bits are vented — the mechanism is a bit budget (I don’t think you can take the flap off completely), but while we’re being honest we can talk about how our ears get all sweaty.

I’ll definitely be getting a pair of these to review in case you’re skeptical, so I can give you the whole story.

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