Photos: Robots on parade

Photos: Robots on parade

Summary: A robot that plays the Violin? ZDNet Australia visited NICTA's Neville Roach Laboratory to see what all the fuss was about. We also discover what other amazing things today's robots can do.

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  • RoboFiddler isn't the only robot out there...

    Clad in white for the summer season, the newest humanoid robot from Japan's Kawada Industries and partners took centre stage before launching into a demonstration of its skills at an event earlier this year. The HRP-3 Promet Mk-II stands just over five feet tall and weighs about 150 pounds. It's flanked by the HRP-3 Prototype (right) and its predecessor, HRP-2 Promet (left), developed jointly by Kawada, Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and Kawasaki's heavy industry unit.

    Credit: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

  • RoboBusiness 2007, an international robotics conference, played host to a motley crew of exhibitors displaying a wide range of products, from military robots to toys for children to "toys" for academic researchers.

    The Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot, or BEAR, from Vecna Robotics, a division of Vecna Technologies has a dynamic balancing system that allows it to crouch and move across a battlefield at up to 20mph to pick up wounded soldiers and bring them back to medics.

    The robot can climb stairs and lift a person weighing up to 300 pounds (136kg), including any equipment they might be wearing. While not yet in the field, the BEAR prototype is in simulation testing with the US Army. With Kevlar and other materials added to protect strategic parts of BEAR, the robot should cost "the price of a nice car," according to the company, and be in production in about two and a half years.

    Text by Candace Lombardi, staff writer, CNET News.com

    Credit: Candace Lombardi/CNET News.com

  • Carnegie Mellon University announced its 2007 inductees into the Robot Hall of Fame at RoboBusiness 2007, an international robotics conference in Boston.

    For the first time, more actual robots were inducted than fictional ones. The only fictional robot honoured this year is Lieutenant Commander Data, the robot played by Brent Spiner on the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    Data was honoured for the questions he constantly posed on both human nature and the rights of humanoid robots, said Matt Mason, the director of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon who announced the inductees.

    Text by Candace Lombardi, staff writer, CNET News.com

    Credit: CBS Paramount Television

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Topic: Emerging Tech

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