Monday, July 9, 2007

AIBO lives! Meet BJ, without the Sony bugbear

With Sony's AIBO long pushing daisies, it's getting harder and harder to field a team in RoboCup's
four-legged league. No longer: meet BJ, the dark lord successor to the
Sony AIBO. Developed specifically for research and competition, the BJ
from aXi stands 12.2-inches tall and features a Linux OS, ARM11 CPU, Kondo
KRS-4013 robot servo, 64MB RAM / 16MB ROM, 350k pixel CMOS sensor, IR
sensor, accelerometer, and 4x "meat sphere sensors" (as translated by
Google) which should allow the wee bot to hone in on the jugular jewels of any unscrupulous referees. Due to hit North America and places beyond this Fall for about ¥600,000 or $4,853.

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