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Ivan Kirigin's views on Robotics & Culture: future. perfect. progress.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Scooba makes mopping obsolete

I would worry about this new iRobot wet-vac. It has a far smaller market size, and seems to have higher maintenance.

One big problem is that getting stuck might mean spilling a great deal of potentially staining cleaning fluid in one spot.

Also, one task like vacuuming can be done at random because there is no series of events. Just vacuum. This guy vacuums then wet-cleans then mops up. What happens to the dirty water receptacle when a missed wet-hair-ball gets trapped in there?

I personally don't mind mopping. It's fast. Scrubbing bathroom tiles and bathtubs are what I really hate doing.

I do plan on getting a regular Roomba sometime soon.

FEndorphin : 3D Character Animation AI

Add dynamic models to biomechanical 3D models, mix in some genetric algorithms, and output realistic movement.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Shadow Robot Company:Commercial Hand

This seems very, very imporessive. While undoubtedly tele-operated, this dexterous hand looks like it has a great deal of potential. Check out the video here.

[via FutureFeeder]

Monday, May 09, 2005


I'm not sure if this is real. I certainly would need a video, but it won't play for me.

Update: try here, with a bad video here. Obviously not done yet.


Cyc is about to go online. THe company that has sometimes been called the biggest AI pork spending project ever will face the rath of thousands of people trying to trick this chat-bot .

Supposedly it isn't based on simple rules like other brain-dead chat bots like ALICE and Eliza.