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Telesar V: Your real-life robotic avatar

Posted: 17 Nov 2011 04:24 AM PST

We know that Japan is the land of the robots, and today we have another robot from Japan, and unlike other robots, this one will be able to transmit sight, hearing and touch.

Telesar V is a new kind of robot, and it is created by Professor Tachi from Japan's Keio University, and what makes this robot special is the fact that Telesar V is your real-life robot avatar. Thanks to the 3D head-mounted display, you'll be able to hear and see all the things that Telesar V "sees" and "hears". In addition to that, you'll be able to feel the shape and temperature of objects thanks to the built-in hand sensors. Regarding the movement, Telesar V has 17 degrees of freedom in the body, eight in the head and seven in the arm joints, and the hand itself has 15 degrees of freedom.

Telesar V is an amazing robot, and we can only wonder what will be the purpose of this robot in the future.

[via Wired]


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Socl: New Social Network from Microsoft revealed

Posted: 17 Nov 2011 01:47 AM PST

Few months ago, we wrote about new upcoming social network from Microsoft called Tulalip, and if you're looking forward to Tulalip, we have some good news for you today.

First of all, we have to mention that Tulalip has changed its name to Socl, and according to the reports, Socl should be different than other social networks such as Facebook or MySpace. What makes Socl different is that status updates are focused on whatever you're searching on Socl, and although we're not certain how exactly does this feature works, we know that your friends will be able to comment on your searches, like them or even tag them. There's also a video party features that allows you to watch videos together, and a social search feature. Socl will use user interface similar to Metro UI, and users will be able to sign up for Socl via Twitter or Facebook. We have to mention that Socl doesn't have any form or private messages, replies or groups so far, but those features might be added in the future.

Currently, Socl is a research project, and although we don't know when and whether will there be a public version, but we know that invitation-only beta is coming soon.

[via Ubergizmo]


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