Sony has announced
a new biped robot that will join the AIBO in Sony's line of consumer
robots. The SDR-4X is 50cm tall, weighs 6.5kg, and uses a pair of 64-bit
processors. It has speech recognition, speech synthesis, stereo
CCD vision sensors to provide face recognition and distance measuring
capabilities. It can stand on one leg, get up if it falls, navigate
around obstacles and climb stairs. No pricing or ship date is set yet.
A more detailed
article can be found on the Sony Australia site.
However, it seems they are "announcing the development of a
prototype". Did I miss a release date? They mention that it "will be
shown" March 28 through 31, 2002. Does anyone know if it was shown?
Seven microphones in the head? Wow...it would probably take a
dedicated DSP just to do the phase calculations for those.
This looks incredibly cool, and incredibly unaffordable...sniff...
Yes it was demoed at Robodex 2002 earlier in the year. It looks like a
very nice piece of engineering, but I bet its absurdly expensive.
This is a japanese site, but there are some good videos showing the
I bet in ten years time you will be able to buy this sort of thing in a
yeah, the news is a few months old but I think we didn't have
any good links to photos or specs last time I posted about it, so when I
ran across the specs in the press release I had to post it...
If I run across anything newer that has info on the price or a release
date, I'll post another update.
Other reports I'd seen estimate price for the SDR-4X in the $30-$40K
range. Hmm, buy a new car... buy a robot... decisions, decisions...
This is a really cool robot, have watched various videos of it's
preformance and that of it's predecessor the SDR-3X. Robodex in Japan
had this little guy demoing, and a couple other Japanese get togethers,
but no demo here yet. I want one, but I just don't have that kind cash
laying about to try it. Maybe something closer to people sized?