Category Archives: Robots

RobotShop Blogs are Live


RobotShop

RobotShop launches its new portal and robotics news blogs in English and in French in the fields of Personal and Professional Robotics.

RobotShop is a leader in the online sale of personal or domestic robots and professional robots since 2003 with employees and warehouses in North America. The company also ships worldwide.

I am proud to announce you that I will be part on this new adventure as a blogger, internet and SEO marketer !! More to come soon…. Let’s keep in touch.

The RobotShop website refers to a number of robotic products such as robot vacuums, robot mowers, pool cleaning robots, robot toys, security and surveillance devices, professional robot development platforms and robot parts or kits. RobotShop.com also offers a repair center for robots – known as the Robot Hospital – which brings robots back to life.

“On top of the existing discussion forums, the RobotShop blogs will allow our company to increase our visibility on the Internet and also provide a new dimension to our online sales activities”, said Mario Tremblay, president and founder of RobotShop. “The integration of Vincent Abry, an expert in Internet marketing, to our team will provide new momentum to RobotShop’s Web 2.0 initiatives”, he added.

“A major player in online robotics such as RobotShop owed itself to take a plunge into Web 2.0 to not only share with and inform the public, but also to increase its visibility and presence on the Social Web and in search engines. The extensive experience of the RobotShop team in robotics, coupled with a technological watch blog, will truly bring out the best and satisfy millions of people around the world who are passionate about robots”, he added.

About RobotShop Distribution inc.
RobotShop is a closely held company and a leader in the distribution of domestic and professional robot technology. It provides personal and professional robots, development platforms, robot kits and specialized robotic parts. RobotShop is undertaking a broad strategic program aimed at promoting the evolution of robotic processes within our society, leading to the creation of a whole new world of possibilities: Robotics at your service!TM


Robot Toyota Humanoid Running


Look at this robot running like a human…

This is Toyota Humanoid at speed of 7 km/h


Robot Snake


Robot Snake is looking more and more impressive today.

It could help to save lives in the future.

Made by modsnake lab from Carnegie Mellon University:


RobotShop Affiliate Program


Robot Shop is launching its affiliate program for Webmasters: Robot affiliate Program.

So it’s time for you to make money.

RobotShop is a specialist in Robotics, Domestic Robots, professional robots, robot parts and kits, toys and tools.

See Robotshop website here :

Roomba and Infinuvo Robot Vacuum Cleaners

Wow Wee Rovio Mobile Webcam and Spy Robot - RobotShop

Robot Parts - RobotShop


When Robotics Engineers Get Bored…


Robotics engineering is a great profession. Yet when the engineer is tired of programming industrial robots, he abandons the work with nuts and bolts and switches to “fun.”

However, judging by the video below, it is best to not give the programmation of this to the programmer trainees.

Here engineer’s head goes very closely to the ground.

Fortunately, there are no major bugs ;-0


Interview With RobotShop’s Mario Tremblay


Robotshop

Robotshop.ca is one of the leaders of online robotics. The following is an interview I conducted with its founder, Mario Tremblay. I would like to clarify that this article is not sponsored. I took the time to talk with Mario about Robotshop because I believe that this is an intelligent company at all levels: within its own sector, in Internet marketing, and through the vision of its founder. I discovered Robotshop through a co-worker who left the pharmaceutical industry to work full-time with her husband, who is none other than…Mario Tremblay.

Mario, you are the founder of an Internet site, Robotshop.ca, a leader in robotics. Can you tell us about the company, including its inception (which is part of the adventure), and how many employees you have?

Robotshop, Robotics at Your Service (TM) was founded in 2003. We specialize in robotic technology on both a professional and domestic basis. We offer a wide range of robotic products and services in this sector. Our head office is in Boisbriand, Quebec. Our mission is to provide companies with domestic and professional robot technology that will help increase individuals’ satisfaction, knowledge, freedom and security.

Our team is growing rapidly, and we are very versatile in our expertise; we employ technicians and engineers; robotics experts in Web marketing and logistics; and we also have sales and shipping staff. We are also working with consultant firms for specific tasks that we do not want to take on internally.

Since RobotShop is primarily a specialized online shop, what are your primary products, and who is your target audience: professional, for specialized equipment; or the general public, for domestic robots and toys? Also, whom do you serve? Quebec, the United States, or the International community?

Our clientele is very broad, including students and professors, laborers and blue-collar workers, innovators, “early adopters”, schools and companies, and institutions and governments around the world.

From a surface view, we do feel that RobotShop is primarily a specialty online store. But in reality, RobotShop was developed to distribute the outgrowth of robotic research and development (R&D). It was while we were developing R&D that we noticed shortcomings in the distribution of robotic goods to professionals. So, now we offer specialized robotic parts (microcontrollers, sensors, motors, etc.) Every day, through Robotshop’s Online Support Center, we respond to all sorts of questions about how to build certain applications, what products to use, and so on.

Admittedly, there is one aspect of our robot distribution that improves our everyday lives — the popular robot iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner; so far, more than 3 million units have been sold around the world. This is the first major success in the robotic “servant” field. We were the first to sell them in Canada and the first in the world to repair these domestic robots in our facility. At RobotShop, we bring robots back to life! (TM)

We also just made a breakthrough in the field of professional robots, a more expensive and robust class of robots that can be used in various applications such as surveillance, security, or even to oversee mine clearing. These robots also serve as a development platform.

That being said, our toy robots and the educational kits that are used to build them should not be neglected, because they are not meant to just amuse people while the robots’ batteries are being drained! Rather, they are used increasingly to train young people in our schools and to encourage their desire and knowledge to create. Kids love robots, and if this can give them a feeling of creating and inventing something useful for society, then that’s a very good thing.

I noticed that RobotShop has a strong presence in the sponsored links (Google Adwords). Do you have a big marketing budget, and have you developed a strategy for it on the Web?

We are investing a lot in marketing since the web is our main market. We have been committed to it in the past, and our consulting firms have recently decided to use our own internal expertise to build our own Web Intelligence Center. This department is expected to really grow and become the heart of the company’s strategic operations. Our goal is to become the world leader on the Internet in the field of robotics and domestic work. We are now preparing to take a dominant position. Our main strategy is simple: know yourself, know your field and know your competitors. With this information at our disposal, we can be proactive and in a position to prepare good action plans.

As I have already pointed out, you do not have an affiliate program, which nevertheless could serve as leverage in your online sales. Is this something you plan to initiate in the near future?

You know, there are different Web strategies. At RobotShop, we believe that good content attracts good links and, thus, good traffic. Tha’s how we’ve built RobotShop in the last 5 years. In recent months, we decided to develop and launch the new Web RobotShop platform, as well as the Forum and the Wiki, which will help build our community on the Web. Our programmers are actively working with the help of our robotics team to provide good content. The most important thing is that consumers find what they are looking for when they need it and at the price they are ready to pay for it. At RobotShop we strive to offer a pleasant shopping experience.

To respond more specifically to your question, we have considered an affiliate program in the short and medium term, but it’s not really a top priority. We don’t believe that this would be as advantageous as other ideas we are implementing right now, steps we are taking right now, but we do believe that this would be an asset at some point.

I see on your site that you are now concentrating on these matters, in particular (Specialists in Robotics, Internet Content, and Internet Marketing Strategy, in charge of Purchasing and Inventory Management), which is a good sign. Do you feel the company can develop this quickly? What about your sales, if that is not too delicate a question?

RobotShop is growing very rapidly, and by its own means. The company has a growth rate of 80 to 100% per year, which it has had every year since its inception. Also, all profits from the company, which has been profitable since its first year, are re-invested. Because we are a privately owned firm, I prefer to keep some things confidential, but I can tell you that the management team is made up of very smart people who complement each other well to make the best strategic decisions. In addition, employees are consulted and actively contribute significantly to the collective intelligence of the company. The continual hiring of skilled creative and visionary personnel is a priority. At RobotShop, we are invested in a mission, and all who are part of this venture firmly believe in that mission.

You should also know that many experts foresee domestic robotics as the next major industrial phase that humanity will experience. Our campaigns have been launched ; we have launched research in the United States, Asia and Europe to create robotic services for everyone. Major funding has been made available by the government to promote research and development, thereby increasing the expertise in technology integration dedicated to domestic robotics. Robotic technology will be everywhere, both to address environmental disasters, for exploration on land or in space, or simply to improve the conditions of the lives of human beings.

What is your long-term goal, and what are your most cherished wishes concerning RobotShop? Are you looking for exponential growth or a takeover by a big company?

Let me personally hope that RobotShop will retain its own soul. You know, there are so many companies that exist only to take advantage of people and are only there for the money. RobotShop is a fine company that has a great mission. I would like to live in such a way that we can all be proud of, and that our children and grandchildren will be proud of. Maybe that’s why it should remain a privately owned firm. You know, at a time when we lose our greatest corporate emblems to the hands of foreigners, and when our governments are trying to save declining industries, it is difficult to predict the future. But I can give you a clue: money has never been my source of energy. It’s the achievement that pushes me forward, and now with the team that we have put in place, I believe we can accomplish a lot of good things. I hope that RobotShop continues its expansion and becomes one of the “success stories” of tomorrow.

Thanks, Mario, for giving me this interview.


Boston Dynamics: Big Dog Video is back


Big Dog from Boston Dynamics is back with a new video.

This video shows the high technology of the beast : it can climb a slope in a wood, it can walk in the snow, on ice, is pushed roughly without saying a word, jump over an obstacle without contact, climb a wall of bricks… and all this without never falling down.

What this robotic quadruped is able to achieve is incredible. But the most unsettling is its shape, its body like a beast or a giant spider with a permanent noise of a big bee. We could easily think that there are also two men hidden under the Big Dog.

Big Dog weights 235 lbs (106.7 kg) and can carry more than 340 lbs (154.3 kg). A Monster.

Big Dog

The new Big Dog Video from Boston Dynamics :

The program is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA).


The RoboPhilo Dance


A nice choregraphy by 3 robots RoboPhilo

This small humanoid Robot is for sale at around $500.

The 13-inches Robot has more than 20 individual functions for his head, legs, arms and other articulations.

You can program advanced functions directly on your PC or with the remote control included.

Robophilo

Robot philo


Toyota unveils two New Robots


Toyota violin robot

Toyota just unveiled 2 new domestic robots, one playing violin with 17 computer-controlled joints in its arms and fingers and the other carrying people.

Toyota has one goal : having robots being capable to help people in domestic duties, nursing, healthcare and short-distance personal transport by 2010.

Toyota also presented a two-wheeled intelligent mobility robot that can be used for elderly or disabled people over uneven ground and around obstacles “without disturbing the person sitting on the chair because of the wheels’ ability to adjust at the changes“.

Toyota Intelligent Robot

Watch these 2 robots on video :


Future Scanner : Digg for Future


Future Scanner

Future Scanner is a new Digg-Like on Future.

Community members add stories about the best future-focused content (predictions by experts, discoveries that will impact future events, product prototypes, industry forecasts, useful resources, etc.) and sorts it by future Year and Category.

The design of Future Scanner is pretty ugly but stories are interesting.

Among Hottest Scans we can find The Future of e-Books and Flying Cars Ready To Take Off.

Future Scanner is part of the MemeBox Network (Jeff hifford is the CEO.)
Nice niche-content digg-like for all of you who like technology, innovation and future of humankind.