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The rapidly evolving world of robotic technology

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June 25 (Bloomberg) — Stanford University’s Marina Gorbis discusses the rapidly evolving world of robotic technology and how humans will interact with them, and learn from them over the next five to ten years. She interviews with Adam Johnson on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Rewind.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Marina Gorbis is the Executive Director of Institute for the Future.

Marina’s biography – During her tenture at IFTF, and previously with SRI International, Marina has worked with hundreds of organizations in business, education, government, and philanthropy, bringing a future perspective to improve innovation capacity, develop strategies, and design new products and services. A native of Odessa, Ukraine, Marina is particularly suited to see things from a global perspective. She has worked all over the world and feels equally at home in Silicon Valley, Europe, India, or Kazakhstan. Before becoming IFTF’s Executive Director in 2006, Marina created the Global Innovation Forum, a project comparing innovation strategies in different regions, and she founded Global Ethnographic Network (GEN), a multi-year ethnographic research program aimed at understanding daily lives of people in Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Silicon Valley. She also led IFTF’s Technology Horizons Program, focusing on interaction between technology and social organizations. She has been a guest blogger on BoingBoing.net and writes for IFTF and major media outlets. She is a frequent speaker on future organizational, technology, and social issues. Marina holds a Master’s Degree from the Graduate School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

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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Partnership between Texas Instruments and iRobot

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This is an important partnership. What still is missing is “intelligence” for the robots.

By Mar. 12, 2012, 8:29am PT

The chips that power today’s smartphones and tablets are expanding to robots as Texas Instruments and iRobot announced a new partnership on Monday. TI’s OMAP platform will be used by iRobot — maker of the Roomba and Scooba service robots — to help develop new robotic technologies.

The partnership is a fitting match. Between its home and government service robots, iRobot has sold more than 7.5 million units, helping to move the robotics market forward. Clearly, it’s a leader in this space. And Texas Instruments is no slouch in the chip department. The company’s OMAP platform powers a number of currently popular mobile devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Motorola’s Droid Razr and the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Read more: http://gigaom.com/2012/03/12/why-texas-instruments-and-irobot-are-working-together/