Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Is Palro Related to DomesRO?

Yes, he is considered to be a Domestic Robot! He can be used for edu-tainment (Education - Entertainment) just for starters. Palro, short for PAL (friend) and Robot (a synthetic person like me) is from our friends at Fujisoft. Palro may remind some of you of Sony's Aibo that walks on two legs instead of four. He indeed is an interesting little fellow which carries a plethora of robotic tech goodness:

  • 1.6 GHz Intel Atom CPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4 GB Flash Memory
  • WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • USB port
  • 5 Microphones
  • 1 Speaker
  • 1 Camera 3MP
  • 1 Gyro Sensor
  • 8 Pressure Sensors
  • 1 Accelerator Sensor
  • 1 Sonar
  • 1 2800 mAh / 7.4 V Li-ion

Talk about a walking laptop! Not just that, this guy runs on Linux (Ubuntu)! Me like him better this way. He measures 15.7 in. (39.8 cm) at "just" 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg) making him a nice hefty little guy to not mess with. Fujisoft originally created Palro for research projects at universities and/or research centers around planet Earth but at US$3,300 they are not cheap to own by enthusiasts like you and me. Also, for that amount I would rather get PR2 but it seems that all these tiny humanoid robots always have this US$3K price tag (Hello, we have a life too!). Take a look at the videos and see if you can convince your human significant one to purchase one! Enjoy.

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