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Funky robots display Japan’s latest technologies

Written By GOVIND PATEL on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 10/08/2014 01:45:00 PM

A model plays ping-pong with a three-legged robot
during the CEATEC Japan advanced technologies
show in Chiba, near Tokyo, on Tuesday.

A smartphone application can make the dinosaur walk or jump.

A smartphone-controlled dinosaur and a ping pong-playing spider are some of the robot technology showcased at the CEATEC Japan electronics exhibition.
Exhibitors used such attention-grabbing gadgets to showcase their technology and stand out at the event that started Tuesday. Sadly for gadget lovers, the robots weren’t for sale.
TE Connectivity’s dinosaur robot, the TE Saurus, lets users experience a close encounter with a 2.1-meter-tall reptile without going back in time.
A smartphone application can make the dinosaur walk or jump. A shake of the smartphone prompts the TE Saurus to bark. TE Saurus also can play trivia games as users answer questions through the app.
Unrelenting playmate

Despite its intimidating spider-like resemblance, OMRON Corp.’s three-legged robot is a relaxed ping pong playmate. It watches its human opponent to predict the ball’s path. Still, the robot takes it easy on opponents by missing a few hits here and there. With five motors to control paddle movement, it is programmed to serve the ball in a way that makes it easy for the player to return.
“This ping pong robot is really a demonstration of how a robot can interact with a person and react in an appropriate manner,” says Takuya Tsuyuguchi, an Omron manager. “We envision this robot perhaps being used in a factory or production line and having a role in which it would have to interact with a worker to do or build something. This would involve the robot understanding the needs of its human counterpart and behaving appropriately.”
Murata Manufacturing presents a group of 10 robot cheerleaders, with colour-changing pom-poms, that use gyroscopic sensors to roll on spherical bases in unison.

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