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+ - Consumer Robot controlled by Wearable Bluetooth controller->

Submitted by robotsrule
robotsrule (805458) writes "This 2 minute video shows a prototype of an affordable consumer robot being controlled by a wearable Bluetooth controller. The controller is an off the shelf inexpensive device called the V.BTTN, by VSN Mobil. It's part of the Nanabot project, a game-playing, conversational robot that can track faces and recognize popular books, DVDs, and QR codes. If the Nanabot project funds, the software library that interfaces with the robot and the code that interfaces with the V.BTTN will be open sourced."
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Open Source

+ - eSharp - Open Source Toolkit for Brain Control Interface apps->

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robotsrule writes "eSharp is an open source toolkit for the rapid development and deployment of brain control interface apps based on the Emotiv 14-electrode consumer EEG headset. A small amount of money is needed to convert the Delphi (Object Pascal) code base to Visual C#. The toolkit makes creating apps that can detect and react to your mental state faster and easier, and includes several advanced detections and interface widgets that are not part of the original Emotiv SDK. Project backers will also get a 10% discount on the Emotiv developer headset and SDK, since Emotiv is supporting the project.

The open source license will be a liberal BSD style license without any requirements to share the source code you create with it. The video on the fundraiser page shows just how easy it is to create groundbreaking new apps like recording a person's facial gestures and mental state while watching a YouTube video. eSharp was built during the creation of Robodance to facilitate the piloting of a telepresence robot over a Skype video call using only head movements and a strong thought or feeling. Robodance 2.0 was the SourceForge in May 2005. The project funding deadline is September 28th."

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Android

+ - Botiful: Android phone based telepresence robot uses Skype-> 1

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robotsrule
robotsrule writes "Botiful is an innovative Kickstarter project daring to fill the gaping void left by WowWee and Meccano for consumer priced telepresence robots. The inventor Claire Delaunay, a female robotics entrepreneur in Palo Alto, CA is bringing telepresence to consumers in an attractively priced $300 robot that uses an Android phone and the IOIO Arduino dev board so that a Skype video call received by the phone can control the robot remotely. Spying on pets, chatting with loved ones, etc. from afar are all possible with Botiful. So far she has already raised $63,000 of the $90,000 the project needs to fund. If she hits $100,000 she has pledged to add iPhone support to the product."
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The Internet

+ - Affordable Mind-Controlled Robotic Telepresence->

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Software developer Robert Oschler has launched a Kickstarter project aimed at creating a low-cost, mind-controlled, robotic telepresence system, based on integrating support for WowWee's Rovio robot, Emotiv's EPOC neuroheadset, and Skype communications into a new version of Oschler's Robodance software. The headset's ability to detect head movement and facial gestures will enable those with limited mobility to explore their home or any place else in the world where there's a Rovio they can connect to, at a fraction of the cost of other alternatives, says Oschler. As a reward for supporting the Kickstarter project, contributors at certain levels will have the opportunity to experience 10- or 20-minute 'telepresence tours' if the project achieves its funding goal."
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+ - SPAM: Affordable telepresence for those with disabilitie

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robotsrule writes "Robodance 5 Pro uses the WowWee Rovio mobile telepresence robot combined with the Emotiv EPOC EEG headset to provide affordable remote viewing for those with disabilities (severely limited mobility). Where other solutions cost thousands of dollars, the robot, EPOC headset, and Robodance software can be had for a grand total of approximately $600. A Kickstarter project is now live that once funded will move the project from the 90% complete mark to finished in 3 months. Kickstarter is the Web's leading crowd funding site. Here is a link to the project:

[spam URL stripped]

The Kickstarter project closes on September 6, 2011."

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Chrome

+ - Chrome HTML5 Speech Input demo for YouTube-> 1

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robotsrule writes "The following web page demonstrates the power of the HTML5 speech input support implemented by Chrome 11 (beta), an open source browser. With a single HTML element, some client side Javascript, and Google's powerful speech servers doing the heavy lifting, the web page allows you to search YouTube for videos using your voice and also to control the player too. If Google continues to offer their cloud based speech recognition support for free as they are now, it will allow every web site owner with a little Javascript skill to voice enable their web sites. All that Chrome has to do now is offer a continuous listening mode in addition to the current push-to-talk mode and Google will have succeeded in providing a complete platform for voice enabling the web. Note, a microphone is required. Skype or Bluetooth audio headsets should work too if properly configured."
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+ - AndroidForum domain up for auction/Robodance ->

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robotsrule (805458) writes "In order to raise funds to complete Robodance 5 in these difficult times, AndroidForum.com is being auctioned off on SEDO. For more information and a link to the auction, please visit the Robodance 5 fundraiser page. This could be a good domain name for any SlashDot readers that are in the Android market or who are interested in creating a web site or business in that space. Robodance 5 is 90 percent done and the funds are needed to complete it. The software has applications for the physically disabled since it can pilot a remote telepresence robot over a Skype video call using only thoughts and facial gestures, thanks to the Emotiv EPOC 14-electrode EEG headset, as seen in this video. There are a handful of other good domain names available too. You can read about the fundraiser on this page."
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Youtube

+ - Anybody else find their videos damaged on YouTube?->

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robotsrule (805458) writes "A user comment on one of my more popular videos remarked that it was "lame" because it was only 3 seconds long. It's supposed to be several minutes long and indeed it was up until about 2 months ago, judging by the user comment history. But now the video length reported by YouTube in the playback bar is only 3 seconds and when you play it, that's exactly how many seconds of video that plays so it's not just a video length reporting issue. If you have any YouTube videos, especially if you are a YouTube partner and derive income from your videos, you may want to inspect them for similar damage. I don't know if this happened during a YouTube restore operation or the like and I've posted a bug report on their forums. Unfortunately the video of mine that got truncated is heavily linked to by several big tech sites so I'm hoping YouTube has a fix for this, and for others like myself. If you have had the same thing happen, please report it in a SlashDot comment to this post and indicate about when it appears to have happened."
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Youtube

+ - VIDEO: How to index and search a video by emotion->

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robotsrule (805458) writes "Here's a a demonstration video of EmoRate, a software program that uses the Emotiv 14-electrode EEG headset to record your emotions via your facial expressions. In the video you'll see EmoRate record my emotions while I watch a YouTube video, then index that video by emotion, and then navigate that video by simply by remembering a feeling. The web page for EmoRate explains how I used Emotiv's SDK to build the software program, and how I trained the system by watching emotionally evocative videos on YouTube while wearing the headset."
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Nintendo

+ - Control YouTube Leanback with a Nintendo Wiimote->

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robotsrule (805458) writes "YouTube Leanback is a brand new user interface into YouTube that lets you watch videos using only 6 keystrokes on your keyboard. It is a tech preview created by YouTube in lieu of the day YouTube videos are watchable over your TV service, when you can use a standard TV remote control to watch YouTube videos. But you don't have to wait. With WiiLeanback, a free software program for Windows PCs, you can get rid of your keyboard entirely and watch YouTube Leanback with a Nintendo Wii remote . The Wii console is not required, just the WiiMote and a PC with Bluetooth capability (dongle or built-in, although the latter has not been tested yet). This gives you the ultimate couch potato experience as you sit safely in your easy chair watching videos with a wireless remote control. In addition, you can control the volume of videos as you watch, something you can't do with YouTube Leanback alone. This short video shows you how it works."
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Google

+ - AppEliza - AppInventor chat-bot app for Android ph->

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robotsrule (805458) writes "AppEliza is a free ELIZA style therapist chat-bot for Android phones. You talk to it and tell it your problems, and it responds via Text To Speech. It can also echo your conversation to a Twitter account. AppEliza incorporates Google's speech recognition web service and the Eyes-Free Text To Speech package, the former is part of every Android phone and the later is a free download from the Android Marketplace. The excitement here isn't the app since AppEliza is a simple pattern based chat-bot that reacts to trigger words and phrases, mainly those dealing with feelings and family, and uses the power of ambiguity to "fake it" the rest of the time. The excitement is due to AppInventor, the drag and drop tool that was used to create AppEliza in a single day, except for the Twitter support that I added to it this morning and that took a little over an hour. AppEliza is not up on the Android Marketplace yet but the APK file can be found on our servers as a free download. You can see some real-time Twitter sessions I had with AppEliza here."
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Science

+ - Step Away from Time Travel and Nobody gets hurt!->

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robotsrule (805458) writes "Sci-Fi rant on Furious Fan Boys that talks about the most treacherous drug ever to affect science fiction writers, the time travel plot. Most importantly, it points out the astronomically absurd assumption that most time travel stories fail on, which is the patently false assumption that somehow you magically stick to the place you travel through time at despite the fact the galaxy itself is moving through space at a noticeable percentage of the speed of light. Thats fine in fiction but in sci-fi, if your hero after they travel time magically meets up with a past love and saves the universe when they should be sucking vacuum instead, there's not enough Sci in your Fi."
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Idle

+ - Finally a Lady Gaga Parody for Nerds->

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robotsrule (805458) writes "Here's an animated parody of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" called "Out Of Space". Two computer nerds lament their server's desperate lack of space in a 2 minutes song and dance video. The animation footage used in the video is from the open source Elephants Dream video project which used Blender to create the footage. (Released under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license)."
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Robotics

+ - Mind Controlled Robot with the Emotiv EEG headset->

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robotsrule (805458) writes "The linked video shows a WowWee Rovio mobile spy robot being piloted remotely over a Skype video call using thought, facial gestures, and head movements, with the help of the Emotiv Systems EPOC 14-electrode EEG headset with built-in gyroscope. An accompanying article explains in detail how the system works and what steps were taken with the Emotiv systems SDK to interface with the EPOC headset along with code samples. The system is based on Robodance 5, a free robot control program for consumer robot owners that will be out in beta next month on May 20, 2010."
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