By >Akihabara News Team
Robovie mR2: iPod Touch powered communication robot
Robovie mR2 is a 30 cm tall humanoid robot developed at Japan’s ATR Robotics and Communication Laboratories. It sports 18 joints (3 in each eye, 3 in the head, 4 in each arm, 1 in the back), 18 servo motors, CCD sensor 3.4MP camera, two microphones and a mono speaker (2W). And the real trick is the communication channel between you and him is established through an iPod Touch that you need to place into its chest. It is not only possible to control this little companion by touching the screen of the iPod Touch but also via Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) or Bluetooth. According to ATR, it can communicate the info from your iPod Touch to you by his gestures.
No info on pricing or availability as unfortunately it is not commercialized, yet however ATR states they are considering that.