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Sil-Bot: Grandma Gets a Crazy Looking Robot Companion!

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In an age where we expected robots to be all around us, it seems that even the elderly will be getting their own special robot.

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This odd-little robot named Sil-bot is the brainchild of KIST’s Center for Intelligent Robotics. They are currently developing it in Korea. Sil-bot is designed to act as a companion for the elderly, playing games and capable of carrying on basic conversations. The robot also has a spatial camera system that allows it to navigate interiors without bumping into walls.

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You got to admit that it’s kind of cute. Its arms look like the wings of a penguin and it’s got some funny facial expressions too. One weird thing is that strange appendage that’s sprouted between its legs. Maybe it’s capable of being a robotic boyfriend as well?

Currently, the Sil-bot costs around $35,000 (USD), but I think that it will get cheaper once it’s mass-produced, that is, if it is ever produced at all.

[via Ubergizmo]







Comments (1):

  1. devilishangel says:

    Technology Robotix Society invites all robot enthusiasts to ROBOTIX 2011. Robotix is Asia’s largest college level robotics fest held in IIT Kharagpur during its techno-management fest Kshitij from 28th-31st Jan 2011. Robotix 2010 was a success with a participation from over 450 teams with over 2.5 lakhs worth prize money being distributed.Robotix is said to return in 2011 with more challenging events and over 3 lakhs to be given away in prize money.
    these are the events for ROBOTIX 2011:

    Pirate Bay – A manual event that takes you right into the pirates’ playground. Through the course of three exciting rounds, the bot will have to traverse through different type of terrains, climb inclines and release dummies that are “pirates”.
    RoboCop- An outdoor image processing robotics event where participants compete to build a fully automated robot that acts as a law enforcer.
    R.A.F.T- An event that seeks solutions to the major challenge that is flood relief.The task is to build a manually controlled robot or a group of robots which can navigate a raft on water and retrieve people marooned.

    The Negotiators- This event requires the participant to write and submit a computer program, which will be pitted against programs written by two other participants in a game of negotiation.
    The Fugitives- Build multiple autonomous robots that catch and disable the “fugitive robots” moving randomly through the arena.
    Ballista- Build an autonomous robot capable of detecting and shooting projectiles avoiding any detection by the enemy.

    Further details are available on our website http://www.robotix.in. In case of any doubts or clarifications, please feel free to post on our online forum http://www.robotix.in/forum
    .
    Robotix team

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