Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe said robotics will be a core business for the company in the next couple of years. He also says that Toyota will test out its robots at hospitals, Toyota-related facilities and other places starting next year. And the company hopes to put what it calls “partner robots” to real use by 2010.
Watanabe presented a vision of the future in which wheelchair-like “mobility robots” would offer “bed-to-bed” services to people, including the elderly and the sick, just like cars take people “door-to-door.”
In august they started teaming up with Sony in an effort to leapfrog Honda and their robotics trickery of late.
The pic above is their violin playing version of the more famous child-like Asimo from Honda, though this fella apparently plays a mean ‘Pomp and Circumstance’.
Read more at the Future of Things.
This video shows off a wide array of Toyota bots and a few from other manufacturers.
While searching through Amazon for a particular Fantasy book I stumbled across this: Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes
I don’t own this but it appeared to be something that might appeal to some of you geeks looking for a holiday gift to let your significant other know about. It was just released a month ago, is 256 pages in length, is illustrated and costs less than US$14.
Here’s the editorial description:
In Our Gods Wear Spandex, Christopher Knowles answers these questions and brings to light many other intriguing links between superheroes and the enchanted world of estoerica. Occult students and comic-book fans alike will discover countless fascinating connections, from little known facts such as that DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz started his career as H.P. Lovecraft’s agent, to the tantalizingly extensive influence of Madame Blavatsky’s Theosophy on the birth of comics, to the mystic roots of Superman.
The book also traces the rise of the comic superheroes and how they relate to several cultural trends in the late 19th century, specifically the occult explosion in Western Europe and America. Knowles reveals the four basic superhero archetypes–the Messiah, the Golem, the Amazon, and the Brotherhood–and shows how the occult Bohemian underground of the early 20th century provided the inspiration for the modern comic book hero.
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Do you prefer the term Global Warming or Climate Change? Let’s go with Climate Change shall we?
Last week, Ireland became the first country in the world to ban traditional lightbulbs, setting a 12 month window for households to make the switch to low energy bulbs. This is part of an effort to save on emissions spewing into the atmosphere to create electricity for the older style bulbs.
Irish consumers will save €185m in electricity costs every year as a result of the measure.
Wow, I have mixed feelings on this one. I have been switching out incadescents for Compact Flourescent bulbs around the house over the last several months, but there are a couple of spots where halogens are better suited.
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Do you recall the ‘Superhero or Stripper’ question I posed a few months ago? Go refresh your memory, i’ll be here.
For your entertainment, I have 4 more busts of Comic Book Heroines, but unfortunately these are not quite as obviously strippers as the original.
Marvel Universe Dazzler 2004 Summer Con Exclusive Bust
Marvel Universe Black Queen 2005 Summer Exclusive Bust
Marvel Universe Shanna Bust
Marvel Universe Rachel Grey Bust
It seems this old article I wrote up in September never got posted, Windows Live Writer saved it as a draft and I just found it, begging to be posted. Ah well, here it is anyway…
Extremetech spends two pages lamenting on the ’5 broken promises’ of Vista and lists them in detail.
The list is so-so in my opinion, but then again the author Loyd Case was likely looking for other ‘WOW’ factors than myself, though I wholeheartedly agree with the ‘Faster Startup’ issue.
#1 on my list would be: WinFS