Household

  • Meet DiGORO, the android that will one day clean your house for you

    Meet DiGORO, the android that will one day clean your house for you

    DiGORO is certainly not the first robot taking care of household chores out there, but it’s definitely one of the coolest. Developed by a team of researchers at Honda Research Institute and other Japan-based organizations, the robot is capable of imitating human movements like wiping or moving objects from one place to another. Read More

  • Meet Mamoru-Kun, the little robot that will get your misplaced glasses and slippers

    Meet Mamoru-Kun, the little robot that will get your misplaced glasses and slippers

    The Information and Robot Technology Research Initiative, a research body of the prestigious University of Tokyo, has developed a small desktop robot that assists elderly people in managing daily tasks. The robot was developed in cooperation with various Japanese companies such as Toyota and Fujitsu. Mamoru-Kun (“Little Protector”) is a robot that is able to tell his owner where… Read More

  • University of Tokyo unveils robot that does household chores, learns from mistakes

    University of Tokyo unveils robot that does household chores, learns from mistakes

    In cooperation with Toyota, the Information and Robot Technology Research Initiative, a research body of prestigious University of Tokyo, has developed a robot that handles household chores [JP, PDF]. The humanoid was demonstrated to Japanese media last week and was able to clean up rooms, put away dishes from tables, open and close doors and do the laundry. The so-called “Home… Read More

  • Kleenex Pillow: A Pillow with Kleenex!

    Kleenex Pillow: A Pillow with Kleenex!

    Why didn’t we have one of these when we had that cold last month that knocked us on our collective ass? The Kleenex pillow is not for wiping your snot-holes, but is a regular pillow with a built-in Kleenex dispenser. After blowing your sick into the tissue paper, what you do with it is up to you. Maybe you need a garbage-can/end-table combo, we dunno. The point is, no more reaching a… Read More

  • Good Morning, Starshine: The Wake-Up Light

    Most Americans don’t get enough sleep, period. This is because of a combination of an overwhelmingly Puritan work ethic coupled with really good late night talk shows. It’s endemic and must be stopped. The Wake-up Light can help you, though. Instead of blaring Top 40 or Stern to shock your system into wakefulness, the light starts at a dim level, gradually increasing over half an… Read More