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Jul 2 2009   6:48PM GMT

Overheard – Transformers in real life

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Autonomous, intelligent robots are great, but when they look like classic Transformers characters they’re even better.

Chris Davies, Chiara Robot with WiFi b/g, articulated claw & Pico-ITX brain [Video]

The handiwork of Mellon University’s Tekkotsu lab, the Chiara Robot has six independent legs, a claw arm with six degrees of freedom, and a combination of webcam and IR rangefinder for spotting objects and obstacles.  Even better, this is no simple lab project: the Chiara Robot will actually be manufactured and sold by RoPro Design.

I admit, Chiara is cool, but I don’t think it’s got the beat when it comes to looking like a classic Transformer character.  The WR-07, created by Nakamura san at Himeji Soft Works, is a robot that morphs from car to humanoid and back.

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