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  • Noby Noby

    U. of Tokyo, Ntl. Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science and Tech. (AIST), Osaka U.

    Noby is a baby humanoid robot built to resemble a nine month old. It has soft urethane skin, 600 sensors for its sensor and motor functions and two cameras. Noby is connected to a powerful computer and was created by Yasou Kuniyoshi to help study the…

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    ZMP Japan developed a small robot housemate called Nuvo. It can play musical sounds, dance and tell time. Nuvo serves as a baby monitor and home security device. This robot doesn't walk into objects when it walks and is able stand on its own. It stands…

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  • OmniZero.9 OmniZero.9


    OmniZero.9 is transforming robot that can go from a bipedal humanoid robot to a rolling vehicle. It competed in the ROBO-ONE, a humanoid robot competition in Japan, and passed the qualifying rounds. OmniZero.9 has wheeled shoulders and its head tilts…

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  • P-Noir P-Noir

    Flower Robotics

    P-Noir is an interactive dance robot made to entertain consumers. This female humanoid robot has a built-in music box which plays “La Chanson De L’adieu.” She can also display emotions. P-Noir uses sensors to detect a person’s movements for dancing.

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  • Palette Palette

    SGI, Flower Robotics

    Palette is often called the super model robot. She is displayed in store windows to help increase sales. Palette has voice command recognition and can copy fashion models with motion-capture technology. she can detect human movements and move her body…

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    Fuji Soft Inc.

    PALRO was developed by Fuji Soft Inc. as a research and hobbyist robot. This humanoid can picture its surroundings and is able to avoid obstacles. Multiple robots can transfer applications and files to one another. PALRO's equipment includes a camera,…

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  • PaPeRo R500 PaPeRo R500


    Papero R500 is a social robot designed to keep people company. This mobile robot can walk and dance and be used to access the Internet. It knows more than 200 words with its speech recognition. When Papero's battery is low, you can autonomously dock it…

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  • PaPeRo-mini PaPeRo-mini


    The Papero Mini robot is only 9.84 inches tall. It has a wide-angle camera which gives it a 180-degree view. This tiny robot has a ARM 9192 CPU and DSP processor, which makes it more advanced than Papero. It also has speech recognition and synthesis.

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  • Paro Paro

    Ntl. Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science and Tech. (AIST)

    AIST developed the seal-like robot PARO in 2001. Considered to be a therapeutic robot, it has voice and touch recognition and can tell when it is being held. PARO has the ability to improve motivation and relaxation among patients by making sounds, imitating…

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  • Partner Ballroom Dance Robot (PBDR) Partner Ballroom Dance Robot (PBDR)

    System Robotics Lab., Tohoku U.

    Japan's Tohoku University created a dancing humanoid robot in 2005: the Partner Ballroom Dance Robot (PBDR). This robot can follow its partner's lead through sensors in its upper body and stands 5 1/2 feet tall. Its face was modeled after legendary beauty…

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  • Party Shot Party Shot


    If you are tired of being left out of photos, Sony's Party-Shot can change that. It automatically takes pictures and has facial and smile detection. It runs on two “AA” alkaline batteries or an AC adapter. Party-Shot can tilt, rotate and focus the camera…

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    The Penpal robot was released by Robo-Garage in 2008. It is a small robot, only 30 cm tall, and weighs 1.5 kg. Penpal was developed to be a communication robot and can record messages that can be played back later. It was designed for sick and elderly…

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  • Phenox Phenox

    Phenox Lab

    Phenox is a next-generation, fully programmable drone aircraft, designed and developed by Phenox Lab, an engineering team which is based in Tokyo, Japan. Its niche is its ability to fly without controls. Cameras installed in the underside of the Phenox…

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  • PICO 2 PICO 2

    Fujitsu, Kyushu U.

    Fujitsu Robotics and Kyushu University developed PICO-2 from the HOAP-2 concept in 2005. The two foot tall human telepresence robot can walk and imitate human gestures.

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    U. of Tokyo, ISI Lab.

    A U. of Tokyo grad student built PIGORASS, a 13-foot robot quadruped with a simulated neural system, ABS resin/carbon fiber body, and both pneumatic and passive muscles.

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