The NAO robot is amazing, and a great preview of future toys

So, if you haven’t seen the NAO robot before prepared to be amazed. I should point out that this amazing little creature is only available to labs and educational type places because it’s still being perfected. But when you see this if you’re anything like me you know you want one NOW! (get it, NOW not NAO.. I kill myself)

It’s amazing to think that a robot can be trained to recognize voice commands, faces, instructions and be capable of learning new things. Honestly I think the price tag is great and the fact that the OS is open source means that in a few years the amazing developer core that is out there will have hacked together thousands of new improvements for this little guy.

I thought I’d put together a list of things I’d like to see this guy perform.

  • Helping kids learn: NAO can probably recognize more objects than most 1 year olds. So imagine pairing one up with your kid to help him learn language skills. Every time the baby picks up an item NAO can let him/her know what it’s called.
  • Helping the blind: Why not right? NAO could help blind people locate things in the house by telling you roughly where they are using 3d space coordinates you’ve programmed for you house.
  • Assisting the disabled: “NAO, can you please hand me the remote control” “sure Andy”.. every step we can take to creating tools that make life easier for the disabled is a step in the right direction.
  • Mine field clearing: yes, I know as is the NAO probably isn’t the best equipment but with such a low price tag we could try releasing thousands of these into Cambodia in hopes that we can clear mines and protect children.

I’m very excited for this project to move forward and to see what it does in another 3-5 years. Thanks to Alderban Robotics for such a fantastic innovation (www.alderban-robotics.com)

Firefox 4 Review – It rocks my world

Firefox 4 Own You Have you had a chance to check out Firefox 4 yet. If you haven’t please press pause on the YouTube window you have open (yes I can see your screen… spooky) and go get it immediately. It’s o.k. I’ll wait.. oh, a link would help: Download Firefox 4.

Looks: Is it just me or is this one nice looking interface? Honestly if Firefox 4 was a guy he’d be on the cover of GQ. If Firefox 4 was a girl you’d be following her on twitter.. let’s just say it’s got it going on..

Is it faster? I’m not nerdy enough to load up laptops with every variable the same and different version of FF but anecdotally I can tell you that yes, it’s a BMW M3 compared to the beat up 325i you used to get your first handy at prom (was that just me?).

Does it work well? Well, let me put it this way, I didn’t use Chrome for months after it came out because the Add-On that I live and die by (Roboform) didn’t work. I decided since it works in I.E. and Chrome I’d upgrade to Firefox 4 anyway (Yes, I regularly use all three browsers, and Rockmelt too when I feel like complaining about something). It worked guys, right out of the proverbial box. Roboforms, Firebug, Aerofox, all of it….

Final Verdict: 9 out of 10 (and other browsers all now get deducted 1 point for not being as great)

Thanks Firefox team.. seriously you should all go support them in any way you can.

And if you’re a lady and you stumbled across this entry don’t worry I have something for you too. Not only is Firefox now the best browser HANDS DOWN but you get to watch cute little cuddly Fox cubs play around in their den supported by the team.

Watch the Firefox Live FoxCam