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Haswell powered mObi robot with Microsoft Kinect will help restock supermarket shelves [Video]

Boasts omnidirectional movement made possible through 'ballbot' technology
Fri Jul 12 2013, 15:48

AN INTEL HASWELL POWERED robot called mObi has been shown off at a press preview of the chipmaker's Experience festival in London, boasting omnidirectional movement made possible through "ballbot" technology.

Built by San Francisco based Bossa Nova Robotics, the mObi robot appears to float as it moves around due to its "ballbot" platform, which allows the robot to balance and move on a sphere.

Developed at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, this patented technology uses balance physics control provided by Primesense 3D depth sensors so that it doesn't fall over. It also deploys legs in the event someone delivers a hefty knock to it.

On the top there's also a Microsoft Kinect integrated into the robot so that it can look around and scan images.

Bossa Nova Robotics said that the robot could one day be installed in supermarkets to help with stock replenishment, or could work as a security guard in secure places where always-on eyes are required.

The robot that features in our video is just a prototype, but it should be available for researchers and developers some time later this year. µ


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