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The Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany has developed a new four-legged robo-critter they’re hoping will be a worthy successor to Sony’s defunct AIBO (at least among researchers, hobbyists and the education market). The bot is basically a bigger, badder 21st century take on AIBO. It works with both Linux and Windows CE, has a color headcam that’s 10 times higher-res than AIBO’s, and uses a 500 MHz AMD-Geode-LX800 32Bit processor with 256 MB (extenable up to 1 GB) DDR-SODIMM main memory on a PC104 board from Digital-Logic. They never use the term “open source,” but they say the bot will sport “open, modular and reconfigurable hardware and software structures.” They hope to have it on sale by the end of 2007 for around (gulp) US$4800.

Oh, and what’s it called? Apparently the “New Four-Legged Robot” or the “New4LR.” And all through the site they talk about the “Old Four-Legged Robot” and the “New Four-Legged Robot.” Why, I can’t *imagine* who they’re talking about.

The New Four-Legged Robot – Link

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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