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Chiara Robot with WiFi b/g, articulated claw & Pico-ITX brain [Video]

Chiara Robot with WiFi b/g, articulated claw & Pico-ITX brain [Video]

Autonomous, intelligent robots are great, but when they look like classic Transformers characters they're even better.  The handiwork of Mellon University's Tekkotsu lab, the Chiara Robot has six independent legs, a claw arm with six degrees of freedom, and a combination of webcam and IR rangefinder for spotting objects and obstacles.  Even better, this is no simple lab project: the Chiara Robot will actually be manufactured and sold by RoPro Design.

Video demos after the cut

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D-Link DCS-1100 and DCS-1130 IP webcam promise simple setup

D-Link DCS-1100 and DCS-1130 IP webcam promise simple setup

D-Link have announced two new network webcams which promise plug-and-play remote viewing using the company's online streaming portal.  The D-Link Network Camera DCS-1100 launches today, while the DCS-1130 - with WiFi draft-n - arrives later in the month.

Both cameras can be accessed from any browser by going to D-Link's mydlink.com portal.  However they can also be used to stream live video to cellphones, with sound from the integrated microphone and remote control of 16x digital zoom and motion detection.

Muvi Micro Camcorder also works as webcam

Muvi Micro Camcorder also works as webcam

Tiny gadgets have an unmistakable allure, so a 5.5 x 2 x 2 cm camcorder is always going to catch our eye.  The Muvi Micro Camcorder is apparently the smallest in the world, but marketing hyperbole aside it does offer a compact way to capture VGA 640 x 480 25fps video to microSD card.

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PCCW Eye 2 IPTV, VoIP & UMPC leaks

PCCW Eye 2 IPTV, VoIP & UMPC leaks

Color us a little confused on this one, but we'll never knowingly turn down a cool touchscreen tablet.  According to our tipster, you're looking at the 8-inch wireless control unit for Hong Kong telecoms provider PCCW's new Eye 2 service, which will blend multimedia services like NowTV, Moov and Snaap! with video calling.

Video of the device in action after the cut

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-2000 is budget-friendly

Microsoft LifeCam VX-2000 is budget-friendly

Microsoft announced a new webcam today that's aimed at the budget crowd. It's called the LifeCam VX-2000, which is perfect for people with desktop computers that need basic video chat capabilities without all the extra features.

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Autonomous DIY robot based on cheap MAKE Controller

Autonomous DIY robot based on cheap MAKE Controller

It seems like DIY robots are gaining momentum, as more low-cost and straightforward controllers become available.  Latest is this wireless-equipped model, based on the MAKE Controller and using a Logitech wireless ethernet bridge actually intended to get an Xbox console online.

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Nerf Sentry Gun checks badges, shoots intruders

Nerf Sentry Gun checks badges, shoots intruders

We've seen automated guns and remote-control weapons here on SlashGear before, but this Nerf Sentry Gun is particularly slick.  Designed and created by Jason Wright and Jeremy Blum as part of their robotics class at Cornell, the sentry uses a webcam to authenticate ID badges; if your name isn't on the list then, like Finland in Eurovision 2009, you're shot down.

Video demo after the cut

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Microsoft Xbox 360 3D webcam tipped for E3 unveil

Microsoft Xbox 360 3D webcam tipped for E3 unveil

Microsoft's Xbox 360 webcam could be announced as early as at E3 next month, according to the latest sources talking to the WSJ, using 3D camera technology believed to have been acquired when the company bought start-up 3DV Systems.  3DV developed the ZCam, a 60fps 3D-capable camera that is reportedly low-cost, and which can track a gamers movements and gestures.

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Surveyor SRV-1 WiFi webcam robot

Surveyor SRV-1 WiFi webcam robot

If WowWee's Rovio whet your appetite for a remote-controlled WiFi webcam robot, but it's just too big to surreptitiously scurry around your office, then how about the Surveyor SRV-1 Mobile Robot.  Small enough to fit into a (relatively meaty) palm, the SRV-1 connects via WiFi b/g and can beam back video from its 1.3-megapixel camera.

Video demo of the SRV-1 after the cut

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Netbook sales miss targets; ASUS taking CULV webcam risk

Netbook sales miss targets; ASUS taking CULV webcam risk

Netbooks may have been seen as the recession-proof answer to dwindling consumer electronics budgets, but failed sales goals suggest otherwise.  Acer, ASUS and MSI are all said to have missed their sales targets for the first three months of 2009, according to channel vendors, pushing two of the three companies to invest more heavily in CULV ultraportables.

Dell SX2210 21.5-inch Full-HD LCD on sale

Dell SX2210 21.5-inch Full-HD LCD on sale

Dell's Full-HD 21.5-inch LCD, the Dell SX2210, is now on sale, offering 1920 x 1080 resolution and a super-snappy 2ms grey-to-grey response time.  First spotted sharing press-shot space with the Dell Studio XPS 435 desktop back in February, the Dell SX2210 also has a 2-megapixel webcam that - if you're running Vista - will support facial recognition authentication.

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Grandstream GXV3140 plug-&-play IP multimedia phone

Grandstream GXV3140 plug-&-play IP multimedia phone

Grandstream have announced a new IP phone, the GXV3140 IP Multimedia Phone, and unlike most of its rivals this isn't a launch solely for the benefit of big enterprise customers.  The Grandstream GXV3140 supports VoIP and video conferencing via an integrated 1.3-megapixel webcam, together with IM, internet access and streaming radio, and the company claim that out-of-the-box you can be making video calls within minutes of plugging it into a broadband router.

 

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