Sunday, May 22, 2011

Luna the Personal Robot

Luna, which is claimed to be the first personal robot designed for mainstream consumer adoption, has gone on sale.

Californian company RoboDynamics hopes that it will revolutionise robotics in the same way that the PC did home computing.

They aim to see a robot in every home by 2021.

Practical applications for the five-foot robot have yet to be announced but it is expected that Luna will be able to carry out menial tasks such as serving drinks and walking the dog.

The robot has an 8-megapixel camera and a 3D sensor to stop it bumping into walls.

Powered by a 12-volt battery, Luna runs for 4-8 hours per charge. One thousand robots will begin shipping at the end of the year for $3,000.

Picture: Robodynamics/SchultzeWORKS / Rex Features

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