Big Picture: Robots

Those that follow my blog will know I’ve become quite a fan of Boston.com’s The Big Picture series of news in photographs. Yesterday’s post of Robots is great. There are a total of 32 photographs of various robots from around the world. Take a look.

 

Robotic systems continue to evolve, slowly penetrating many areas of our lives, from manufacturing, medicine and remote exploration to entertainment, security and personal assistance. Developers in Japan are currently building robots to assist the elderly, while NASA develops the next generation of space explorers, and artists are exploring new avenues of entertainment. Collected here are a handful of images of our recent robotic past, and perhaps a glimpse into the near future. (32 photos total) – Source Boston.com


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Twendy-One demonstrates its ability to hold delicate objects by manipulating a drinking straw between its fingers at the Department of Mechanical Engineering laboratory in Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. The sophisticated robot has been developed by the university's team, led by Dr. Shigeki Sugano, in hope of supporting people in aging societies. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Talk about town, Cape Town weather

cpt-weather-5march2009It’s the hot topic in and around Cape Town right now – the weather! Why? Because it’s a stifiling 42 degrees outside in Cape Town today.

We just came back a little while ago from a presentation and tour of the new Green Point Stadium which was great, but we couldn’t wait to get back to our air-con filled offices to cool off a bit.

To some, 42 degrees (107 F)  may not sound too bad, if you live in the desert that is – but for Cape Town this definitely is an extreme – considering that our average temperature in Cape Town for this time of year usually ranges between 25 and about 32.

Update: 6 March 2009

It doesn’t look like the weather’s letting up, except maybe on Sunday for the annual Argus Cycle Tour.

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