10 Robots to Rave About

By Jennifer L. DeLeo  |  Posted 2006-09-20 Print this article Print

These innovative robots—from femme bots to guinea pigs to trees—will leave a lasting impression. (PCMag.com)

When I think of robots, the first image that comes to mind is "Johnny 5," from the 1986 film "Short Circuit." Johnny 5 was a robot designed for military use, when suddenly he is struck by lightning, giving him human-like characteristics. Hes able to laugh at TV programs, gain more "input" through reading books, and even master 70s dance moves.
Today, robotics isnt too far off.
There are robots that can boogie, pose, taste test wine, and roller skate. And thats only the beginning. Click here to read more about the capabilities of modern robots, from cleaning floors to saving lives. Here Ive gathered 10 far-out robots that will keep your actuators running overtime. The Talking, Walking Einstein Hard work never goes unrecognized. I think thats what is behind the Albert Hubo. Developed by Hanson Robotics using the patented Frubber skin, this Einstein-inspired robot utilizes over 62 muscles in its face to illustrate very humanlike features naturally. He can walk or roll on wheels and recognizes speech. The company manufactures humanoid robots for many purposes—including entertainment, museums and education—in any character you choose. Imagine a hip-shaking Elvis robot, or a bawling Lucille Ball. Check out the video to witness this all-too-real Einstein bot. Read the full story on PCMag.com: Ten Robots to Rave About Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
Jennifer L. DeLeo

Jennifer L. DeLeo is an Associate Editor for PCMag.com. When not ogling over kooky clocks and strange USB products, she is involved in various geeky tasks. Her pride and joy is writing the popular top ten products series, reporting on some of the wackiest and coolest tech around including High-Tech Umbrellas, Disgusting Tech, Unsinkable Gadgets, and Wacky Toasters.

She is involved with editing PCMag.com news stories, conducting search engine optimization, and testing various digital photo frames.

In addition, she's a regular contributor to PC Magazine's gadget blog, Gearlog.com, where she writes under the name of 'The Weird Hunter'. Catch her every week on Gearlog Radio as co-host.

Jennifer has a Master's Degree in Web Publishing from New York University and a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University at Albany. She enjoys kayaking, scrapbooking, bicyling, concerts, movies, and reading.


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