Mechanize your bling with robotic rings

(Credit:
Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)

Next time you’re tempted to flip someone off, these robotic rings might help you get the message across.

The prototype rings consist of motorized eyes and a mouth. Developers from Japan’s Keio University showed them off at Interaction 2012 last month in Tokyo, along with a whack of other nutty notions like cyborg houseplants.

The idea is to promote wearable robots and expand the natural expressive abilities of hands.

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As the vid below shows, the rings look like a toy for kids, and could be used for simple finger puppet games. They’re also aimed at enhancing physical communication.

You still have to use a bulky push-button remote control to make the mo… [Read more]

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Mechanize your bling with robotic rings

(Credit:
Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)

Next time you’re tempted to flip someone off, these robotic rings might help you get the message across.

The prototype rings consist of motorized eyes and a mouth. Developers from Japan’s Keio University showed them off at Interaction 2012 last month in Tokyo, along with a whack of other nutty notions like cyborg houseplants.

The idea is to promote wearable robots and expand the natural expressive abilities of hands.

Related stories

As the vid below shows, the rings look like a toy for kids, and could be used for simple finger puppet games. They’re also aimed at enhancing physical communication.

You still have to use a bulky push-button remote control to make the mo… [Read more]

Related Links:
Cyborg houseplants can wave back at you
Researchers mod computer to copycat human motions
The robots are coming! Better get used to it
DARPA seeks humanoid robots in Grand Challenge
Elektro: 1939 smoking robot saved from oblivion

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