Robotics head leaves after nine years with Google, company confirms departure
The co-founder of Google's Android, Andy Rubin, is leaving Google after more than nine years the company. Rubin was brought aboard in 2005 when the search giant acquired the company that is now responsible for the most widely-used mobile operating system in the world. The move comes after Rubin stepped down from the Android group in 2013, to lead the company's robotics division under Google X.
iOS-compatible toy race car line-up Anki Drive expands, adds new cars, tracks and new race mode
Anki Drive, a line of toy race cars that feature iOS compatibility, has updated its Anki Drive app, as well as released new cars and tracks. Using AI robotics, Anki Drive aims to integrate the nature of video games into a physical game context, requiring Anki cars, a physical track, and at least one compatible iOS device to play. The new cars, Corax and Hadion ($70 each) are the newest "characters" for Anki Drive, with Hadion featuring Turbo Boost speeds capabilities. Corax, on the other hand, has the option to mount multiple weapons.
MusicTiles for iPad features music by Peter Gabriel
Highly respected recording artist Peter Gabriel has teamed with a robotics professor, Henrik Hautop Lund on MusicTiles a new app for iOS. The app allows users, musical and non-musical, to remix songs by manipulating modular tiles into different sequences. Users can record their own version of a song and email to their friends or share it on musictiles.com.
All Q.Bo orders scheduled to ship in Fall
As previously reported, developer The Corpora has commenced pre-orders of its Q.bo open source robot. Ten individual items are available for pre-order, including three models of complete robots either assembled or ready-for-assembly, along with seven individual components available separately for the hobbyist. All orders are expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Heater maintains body temperature
Researchers from Osaka University are currently showing off their robotic hand designed specifically for telepresence systems. The hand enables users to remotely shake hands with other individuals, adding physical interaction to the existing visual and audio elements.
Invention led to robotic factory automation
Robotics pioneer George c. Devol died last Thursday. Mr. Devol is best known as the inventor of the robot arm, now commonly used in automotive and other assembly lines. He was 99.