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Toshiba will introduce their Personal Robot Prototype ApriAlpha on this years Robodex 2003 in Japan. The Robot can recognize up to 100 faces and has built-in speech recognition and a voice synthesizer. The autonomous robot can communicate via wireless LAN (802.11b), IR and bluetooth with other devices in a networked home. The built-in Video Camera can also be used to take photos and send them via i-mode to a mobile Phone. The robot moves around by itself and avoid obstacles automatically.
With the same form factor as the NR series, including the clamshell shape and built-in keyboard, the Sony Clie PEG-NX70 series will run Palm OS 5 on a 200 MHz Intel XScale processor with 16MB of RAM. Like the NR series, a 320 by 480 screen will be used, where the camera-equipped model will be capable of taking video in MPEG4 format at 640 by 480. Featuring a CompactFlash slot which will only work with Sony’s PEGA-WL100 wireless LAN card and a built-in microphone with the same MP3 playback ability as the NR series. The NX series will be announced next week and will be available at the end of October. The version without the camera will cost $500 and the one with it will be $600. SPUG still has the pdf document which Sony asked to be taken out. Other sources of information: ClieSource thread, Geek.com news, and CNET news. [Oct 02 Update: Sony has officially launched the NX70V and the NX60. More from Palm InfoCenter and InfoSync.]
The new Sony AIBO ERS-220 looks more robot-like as compared to its predecessors, with an antenna instead of ears and fancy lights including a retractable head light. With an optional wireless LAN card, one can watch live footage from its cameras and control it wirelessly up to a distance of 90 meters or 295 feet. BBC News has a review.