Last year at the Gitex show there ware Robot Dancers from Sony who were trying to bridge the gap between the Robots and the emotional Quotient that humans need towards them in order to be able to adopt these Mechanised creations. What could come this year in the robotics front is something worth keeping a look at. The biggest electronics and Computers trade show on this side of the globe is expected to attract over 1 Million visitors, with loads of services and apps companies making their appearance this year. In fact, the company that I work for SI Consult, also will have a stand through its sister concern SI-Secureview a Network IT Security based company dealing with the nitty gritties of running a major network.
Getting back to the Robots dancing, Being someone from the Automation Industry, Robots are mechatronics that are close to the geeky heart. And seeing these robots dancing nearly bought tears to the geeky hearts that were at the event last year, and I admit I was in the crowd hiding the joy and emotions running parallel. Anyway, just ahead of the Gitex this year here are some awesome robots that well COULD make an appearance this year, If they actually do, I might just be there for the entire 5 days (considering I already have an exhibitor pass). Lo and behold, the best of the robotics videos on YouTube.
1. Sony Qrio (Same guys fro mGitex)
We can start off with the video of the Robots dancing, these were the same guys that put up the performance last year, although this video is not from Gitex. Sony’s Qrio (notable for being the first bipedal robot capable of running) never reached production (it’s development was axed at the same time robo-dog AIBO got his marching papers), but as this video shows it could bash out some sweet moves when it was active.
2. Giant Robotic Dinosaurs from Japan
Straight out of the Nightmare from Jurassic Park, these Dinosaurs from Japan are Animatronic wonders that don’t require a human puppet operator. They were supposed to be in Dubai at the Restless Planet part of Mall of Arabia, Does anyone remember that project ?? now shelved, but would have been a great attraction if it would have opened.
3. Honda Asimo Humanoid Robot Demo
The First company to put out an actual Humanoid was Honda, with Asimo the Humanoid Robot, its been close to 5 years since we first say this robot that looks like a small boy in a space suit. Why a car manufacturing company indulged into making a humanoid robot was something that still puzzles me to this day, but the fact remains that Asimo is the face of the Humanoids.
4. Aldebaran Robotics’ Nao
This amazingly advanced robot boasts cognitive skills, a high level of motion (with 25 degrees of freedom) and is programmable, so you can customize it to do pretty much anything. Currently available to academic institutions for a high price, a consumer model is planned for 2011, so watch the demo above to start getting excited.
5. Toyota’s Robot Quartet Band
Another car company trying to make a mark in the Robotics field is Toyota, it seems Toyota’s wings are spreading everywhere in the mechanical and automotive field, from eco friendly cars right down to these cute little Robots. In fact most of the robots from Toyota seem to be playing music, check out another one below here.
6. Alice the Robot
Hanson Robotics busies itself by “awakening intelligent robotic beings and granting them sparks of true consciousness and creativity.” Its Alice-bot is one example of the progress it has made with giving robotics realistic facial impressions with the aim of enabling “machine empathy” in the future. I should say the future might be creepy, think going to a bar, taking a date home to find she is a robot !! She will have expressions to make you feel guilty about it as well.
7. NASA Humanoid Robotic Arm
When it comes to high end robotics, who can keep NASA away. The importance of putting these machines in the place of Humans trained over thousands of hours seems to be what is required for the space missions. Considering which it is important for NASA to be working in this field and of course they are. Here is one of the best robotic arms in the world. Why is it so difficult for anyone to replicate the arm, well we can sense pressure, heat, sensitivity etc. It is difficult for the robots to work on similar basis and thus this is really an engineering marvel of its kind.
Weather all these robots are going to be at Gitex or not, this year could be a very interesting year at Gitex. Consider that the exhibition is right in the storm of the recession in this country. The spending of the companies along with the various activities, what are the industries in focus etc will give an indication of the health of the electronics and automation industry in Dubai and the middle east. For the sake of all, I hope that the Gitex will be a success.