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Technology Ubtech’s latest educational, dancing robot is bigger and more lifelike

19:05  10 october  2019
19:05  10 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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There are plenty of educational coding robots , but few have moves like UBTECH ' s dancing robot MeeBot. UBTECH launched the JIMU The updated MeeBot 2.0 Kit is 30 percent bigger than the original, and it comes with more lifelike LED "eyes" that can be programmed to blink or flash in

dancing robot is bigger and more lifelike : Sphero acquires LittleBits and eyes international are plenty of educational coding robots , but few have moves like UBTECH ' s dancing robot MeeBot. This WiFi enabled humanoid robot is easy, fun and educational ! JD boasts 16 degrees of freedom

There are plenty of educational coding robots, but few have moves like UBTECH's dancing robot MeeBot. UBTECH launched the JIMU build-your-own-bot kit for MeeBot in 2016. Today, the company unveiled MeeBot 2.0.

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The updated MeeBot 2.0 Kit is 30 percent bigger than the original, and it comes with more lifelike LED "eyes" that can be programmed to blink or flash in different colors. The humanoid bot comes with a codable color sensor, so users can program it to respond to different colored flash cards. Its dance moves are a little smoother, thanks to six servo motors and a new gear system. The latter is meant to help kids learn more about engineering movement and motion.

Sphero acquires LittleBits and eyes international growth

Sphero acquires LittleBits and eyes international growth The popular STEAM education company Sphero announced today that it has acquired LittleBits. You may remember LittleBits as the company behind toys that teach kids about electronics, and Sphero has made a name for itself creating educational coding robots. Together, the companies plan to bring STEAM and coding products to more classrooms, homes and educational programs. Combined, Sphero and LittleBits have sold more than $500 million in robots and electronics. They've reached over six million students globally. And with this acquisition, Sphero now has over 140 patents in robotics, electronics, software and IoT.

Amazon Alexa now lives inside a dancing robot . Ubtech ' s humanoid uses voice-recognition technology to talk to you. The Alpha 2 robot will dance its way into your house and your heart. It's smarter than your cellphone and more mobile than your Roomba.

Naturally, you can also keep up with the robot ' s progress on its Twitter feed. Update: And that ' s a wrap for today. Robonaut 2 has been powered down and put to bed, with additional tests planned for tomorrow. NASA activates Robotnaut 2 on board the ISS, watch it live (video). Latest in Humanoid.

MeeBot 2.0 is an Apple exclusive, so you'll have to pick it up in an Apple store in the US or Canada. It's currently priced at $129.99, and you'll need an iPad or an iPhone (iOS 9.0 or later) to use the JIMU app. The free app comes with 3D, 360-degree setup and Blockly coding instructions. If MeeBot 2.0 isn't for you, UBTECH announced two new robot-building kits last week, and we'll likely see a few more educational robots hit the market as the holiday season approaches.

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Developers can now program the actions of Sony's robot dog Aibo .
Aibo, the robotic dog by Sony, recently received a software update that lets developers customize the pup's actions. For years, Sony has been developing robot dogs that have the capacity to emulate the behavior of real pups. Last year, the sixth generation of Aibo went on sale in the US complete not only with pooch mannerisms, but also with AI and cloud-connected technology. Since this launch, Aibo has become as much of a house watchdog as a companion thanks to software updates that take advantage of the device's cameras and sensors to send owners live reports of their house while they're away.

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