Found out about the Nao Robot from watching Discovery Channel's Daily Planet - Hightech Toys week and was highly impressed. Sure, I seen it before in Japan's soccer-bots and similar, but this just stands out on its own for what it can do. It isn't a gimmicky kids toy (hopefully), and it can behave close to a Busou Shinki.
-> Homepage:http://www.aldebaran-robotics.com/en/Di ... tform.html
-> Daily Planet clip - 5:40 in:http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/daily- ... clip826650
This robot seems to be in Stage 1 (or maybe even 3 if we count remote control and Furbies) of Robotics and Busou Shinki intelligence. It isn't close, but it is getting close to it! It knows when you're around, it knows what to say, and it can even correct itself when it falls. It can grab onto things, identify (certain) things, and even connect to the internet to "cheap" for knowledge. It's getting close to the Shinki's we know and love.
I bet we can train it to do some basic cleaning and even tell it to do certain basic things. Just a matter of time before we get close to the Busou Shinki level heh. The way it connects to the internet could be considered to be similar to this image -> http://ghostlysubstance.swgbex.com/Blog ... P10-21.jpg
- Minus the holo-screen.
I would like to have one to see what part of it is a gimmick and what part of it can be pointed towards the Busou Shinki tech-tree. Would also be a dream-come-true if Konami teamed up with this company to make Busou Shinki robots in a similar fashion, while still being affordable in Dollfie price-range, or when PS3 launched by being $1000 CAD. This thing can pretty much do half the things a Shinki can in a general manner. Tech it up!