Boomer Dev Watch

Every so often on the newsgroup someone will post a link to a webpage that marks the evolution of robotic technology as it moves ever closer towards the creation of a true artificial being. We call this ongoing thread the Boomer Development Watch. I thought it would be interesting to keep track of all of these posts with an eye towards the future to see if 2032 would really be the year when boomers arrive - Dr Raven - May 2005

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From: Leon-McNichols
Subject: ExoSkelton Already here
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2008 22:53:24 -0700 (PDT)

Saw this on MySpace and thought it pretty cool in the way of exskeletal frames as well as suits:

I found it quite remarkable.

From: Chris Schumacher
Subject: Boomer Dev Watch: Robotic guards
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 17:09:13 EDT

TOKYO (Reuters) - Burglars beware, robot guards are here. In an idea straight out of science fiction, robots could soon begin patrolling Japanese offices, shopping malls and banks to keep them safe from intruders. Equipped with a camera and sensors, the "Guardrobo D1", developed by Japanese security firm Sohgo Security Services Co. <2331.T>, is designed to patrol along pre- programmed paths and keep an eye out for signs of trouble. The 109-cm tall robot will alert human guards via radio and by sending camera footage if it detects intruders, fires, or even water leaks. Such robots are vital from a business standpoint when considering Japanās ageing population, Sohgo Security said. "In the near future, it is certain that securing young and capable manpower will become even more difficult ... and the security industry will feel the full brunt of the impact," the company said in a statement.

Around one in five Japanese are now 65 or over and the proportion is expected to rise to one in three in 2040, according to government data. Sohgo Security is negotiating with several clients, and after an initial trial run hopes to begin offering a robot-assisted security system within a year, the company said. Pricing has yet to be decided.

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Lets just hope they don't start arming them...


From Rob Kelk
Subject: Boomer Development Watch: Mannequin-type Robot
Date: Jun 19, 2:26 pm

"... Internal sensors allow the android to react "naturally." It can block an attempted slap, for example. But it's the little, "unconscious" movements that give the robot its eerie verisimilitude: the slight flutter of the eyelids, the subtle rising and falling of the chest, the constant, nearly imperceptible shifting so familiar to humans. ..."

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Rob Kelk

From Damon
Subject: Re: Hardsuits on the way?
Date: 7 Jun 2005 21:53:15 -0700

Several years off, maybe, but at least they're being made in Japan.


Japan unveils "robot suit" that enchances human power


From PirateBJK
Subject: Re: Boomer Developement Watch
Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2005 15:07:04 -0000

I'm waiting for the name "Stingray" to pop up.


From Ben Cantrick
Subject: [BDW?] I, for one, welcome our artifically purring conquerers.
Date: 26 May 2005 01:13:28 GMT

Remember Nekoro? The fake cat robot that some company in Japan came up with a while back? Well, now we have some video to watch!


From Ben Cantrick
Subject: [BDW] I, for one, welcome our sexy new vampiric subjugators.
Date: 14 May 2005 18:17:32 GMT

"A Japanese research team has developed a fuel cell that runs on blood without using toxic substances, opening the way for use in artificial hearts and other organs.

The biological fuel cell uses glucose, a sugar in blood, with a non-toxic substance used to draw electrons from glucose, said the team led by Matsuhiko Nishizawa, bio-engineering professor at the graduate school of state-run Tohoku University."

"QUIRKS: Likes biking; talks enigmatically about "being free"; prowls highways drinking blood; stylish dress; dates humans."


From Simhopp
Subject: Re: Boomer Dev Watch webpage
Date: 12 May 2005 19:23:04 -0700

I would recommand android world, very interesting site, if you are into android or bipedal robots.

From PirateBJK
Subject: Boomer Dev Watch
Date: 11 May 2005 18:37:50 -0700

I, for one, welcome our soon to be laser weilding split-cube overlords...

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