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Cocorobo – A Talking, Dog-Watching Robot Vacuum Cleaner from Japan

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Another Roomba coming from Japan – more features (receives up to 30 verbal commands and uses sonar and infrared sensors, 1 hour of continuous performance – don’t know if it is more intelligent) and more expensive (almost 4 times Roomba).

Is it a threat to Roomba?

By Sarah Berlow, May 8, 2012.

Cocorobo’s many gadgets make iRobot’s popular Roomba look like it should be sold alongside Easy Bake ovens. Voice recognition technology enables Cocorobo’s vacuum to respond to greetings or commands — in multiple languages or dialects.  (So far, though, its vocabulary is limited to about 30 phrases, such as “I understand.”)

Cocorobo dances around in reply to commands, resembling the Jetson housekeeper’s friendly compliance. A camera also enables Cocorobo to watch the pet left at home, sending photos via cloud technology to the owner’s iPhone or other smartphone. It can vacuum for up to an hour before requiring a recharge. It does so by linking itself at a port, and has a USB port installed in the vacuum to download updates, such as an expanded vocabulary.

With so much technology heaped onto it, Cocorobo’s vacuuming capability seems almost an afterthought, though Sharp claims it also has an extra-powerful vacuuming system.

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We need Service Robots to feed disable students


Dear Teresa, My name is Paul Doyle and I am Head of Access R&D at Hereward College in Coventry. Hereward is a residential college that supports disabled students. We have for some years developed a keen interest in the use of robotics as an assistive technology.

I have been in contact with many providers of robots over the years from the PR2 at Willow Garage to the Care-o-bot by Fraunhofer with little tangible progress. What we have failed to achieve to date is to embed and evaluate an actual device in a real care/living/education environment such as Hereward to see if it actually works and if it is financially viable!

I would like to challenge any robot for example to help with the scenario I posted recently on a Linkedin forum:

Today when I was having lunch in our refectory I observed a number of students (with a variety of physical disabilities) waiting in an orderly queue for a human career to help feed them their lunchtime meal. Due to a shortage of careers some of the students waited for a very long time before a staff member could ask what the student wanted from the menu, picked up the chosen meal from the counter and then fed the student in an appropriate manner (food at the right temperature consistency and rate).
This situation led me to ponder the questions could a robot have helped carry out these tasks to some degree, and bearing in mind the care staff are paid not much over minimum wage, when (if ever) will a robot alternative be a financially viable?”

I would hope manufacturers could see this exposure to a group of users as a development resource, as we have a residential care and education setting where such technologies can be tested in a managed and safe environment.

Many of the young people at Hereward will eventually be the recipients of assistive robot technologies if and when they come online, so hearing what they need/want would I imagine provide a useful insight to product developers.

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Silicon Valley is not a leader in Robotics

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In Silicon Valley (SRI), the most effective, least invasive surgical treatment option available today was created.

You might be interested to learn that:

  • Of $29 billion of venture capital raised by companies in 2011, only about $160 million went to robotics companies.
  • There are currently 17 million robots at large in the world. At the current rate, the number of robots doubles approximately every 2.5 years.
  • About 80 robotics companies have been tracked in Boston compared with fewer than 40 in Silicon Valley.
  • In March, Amazon.com acquired Kiva for $775 million and plans to use its system to overhaul the online retail giant’s order fulfillment centers. Kiva started in Silicon Valley but moved to the Boston area where the investors were ready.
  • The USA east coast has natural assets like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which churns out leading robotics graduates. And several years ago, people in the robotics industry began to gather on a regular basis, holding regular robotics summits, educating VCs, lobbying state legislatures for research grant funding and educational funding. That was key in their leadership.

By Chris O:Brien, Mercury News Columnist, Posted:   05/05/2012 03:00:00 PM PDT

Attention, Silicon Valley: We are losing the robot war!

Not the apocalyptic one where robots rise up and enslave humans or wipe us out or turn us into cute pets. As far as I can tell, that one hasn’t started. Yet.

No, I’m talking about the battle to be the world’s capital of the emerging robotics industry. On Thursday, I attended a forum at SRI in Menlo Park called “The Future of Robotics in Silicon Valley and Beyond.” Given the growing chatter I hear, I assumed Silicon Valley was leading the robotics revolution as it does in, well, just about every other area of technology. I know that sounds like I’m being a valley snob, but it does have the merit of usually being true.

Usually, but not in this case. The robotics forum delivered a sobering message: Silicon Valley is sucking on the fumes of such regions as Boston and Pittsburgh, which have become the leading robotic regions. In general, much of the day felt like I had entered a Bizarro-alternative universe where the valley was a high-tech also-ran, the Des Moines of robotics, and other people came to lecture us about how to become a technology cluster, the importance of networking to drive innovation, and the need for venture capital to fund big ideas.

In other words, they were quoting from the playbook that Silicon Valley wrote!

“Robotics is one of those rare fields where rather than leading, Silicon Valley needs to play catch up,” said Wade Roush, editor of the

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Cognitive Robots is actively seeking working partnerships and investment capital


My name is Teresa Escrig (TeresaEscrig.com).  I’m the founder and CEO of Cognitive Robots.

We’ve successfully developed the worlds first truly autonomous Cognitive Brain, and have focused our efforts on Service Robotics.

We’re actively seeking both working partnerships and investment capital.

Highlights to-date include:

  • A part of the Cognitive Brain for Service Robotics has been successfully incorporated into a commercial floor scrubber machine, as well as a Pioneer research platform (investment from different sources).
  • Our ‘Manual Assisted Driver’ has been successfully incorporated into forklifts and buses (funded by the Spanish government).
  • We have integrating the Cognitive Brain into our own service robotics platform.  This will be launched in the next few months, and can be used for a variety of applications, including companion, security, marketing, air contamination detection, etc. (funded by Spanish government).
  • The Cognitive Brain is being incorporated into Robosoft’s companion robot Kompai of (funded by a European Project).












If you’d like further information, we’ve prepared a .pdf document that explains in detail what we have and are offering.

If you are interested, please, contact me at mtescrig@c-robots.com

Kind Regards, Teresa Escrig, PhD, CEO Cognitive Robots

Service Robotics is still very much in its infancy


According to Innovation News Daily these are the Top 7 Useful Robots You Can Buy Right Now. You can read the explanation of each one of them here.











It’s very obvious that the service robotics field is very much in its infancy.  Basically toys (with the exception of the tele-presence robot), these represent what are currently considered, the top most useful robots. It is clear we can do much, much better.

The technology, is much more advanced, not only in the academic world but also in the industrial one, and can provide much more service to humanity. I guess it takes time to arrive to the market. Read the rest of this entry »

Design of a robot for the elderly: aspect and functionalities

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If you were going to design a companion robot, what would it look like?

What would it need to do?

What would they call it?

How would it change the life of the elderly?

I asked those questions to my colleges at the LinkedIn groups related with Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

I will be posting their answer here. Thank you very much for all your contributions!  Keep an eye to it…

by Elad Inbar (LinkedIn Group: IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS))

Check out this new movie… I think it will gove you many answers.


I post the trailer below: Frank Langella and Liv Tyler on their Sundance hit ‘Robot and Frank,’ about an elderly man living with a home health aid robot. (March 23)

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