With the rumors of Apple currently working on an newer version of the iPad dubbed as ipad HD now Motorola has joined the race too. According to engadget Motorola is working on a new Xoom.This time it’s focusing on a new screen resolution and format. Motorola believes to compete with the iPad 2 it will need to change the screen format from 16:9 to 4:3 like the iPad and increase the pixel-density to 2048×1536 to compete with the future iPad HD. If they do decide to go with the old-school ratio (4:3), put on a higher res display and run it with the upcoming Android Ice Cream Sandwich, I must say it will be a tempting deal when it lands later this year or early next year. We will have to wait and see what is Motorola planning for the new Xoom.
A Japanese robot manufacturer has built a robotic patient, and it’s just life-like enough it’s almost disturbing. This robotic dentist patient will move her tongue away from a whirring drill as a nervous patient; she also gets tired of keeping her mouth open and even reacts if you slide an instrument down her throat. She’s called ”Showa Hanako 2″
“If you don’t try to make a robot’s face look realistic, it doesn’t have the same effect on users psychologically,” Koutaro Maki, a professor at Showa University, tells Wired. Its is important that the robotic patient looks and feels as real as possible, it should even put out the right emotions at the right time. In the end the student should feel that the robotic patient is an actual a human patient, if yes ,it has achieved its goal.
And yes Hanako will go sale in Japan later this year, before being exported to countries around the world.
With robonaut at the ISS and hanako 2 at the medical center we will soon see robotic technology everywhere, the future is coming sooner than you think.