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December 7th, 2007 - Open Knowledge

Dec. 7th, 2007

12:03 am - Violin playing robot

Violin robot

Dec. 6 - The race to produce the first practical home robots has heated up with Toyota’s new range - including one that plays the violin.

In a demonstration of the new robots’ achievements, Toyota brought out a 152 cm (5 ft), two-legged robot dextrous enough to play a few stanzas — complete with vibrato sound — from Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance”, a popular tune at graduation ceremonies.

Toyota said it planned to further advance the robot’s dexterity to enable it to use tools and assist with domestic duties and nursing and medical care. The robot has 17 joints in both of its hands and arms now.

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11:48 am - Ron Paul Blimp is a go!

And it’s already generating media exposure:

http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS119278+07-Dec-2007+PRN20071207

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=3965657&page=1

http://www.boston.com/news/local/politics/primarysource/2007/12/get_ready_bosto.html

http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2007/12/07/a-ron-paul-blimp-in-every-pot/

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20071207/pl_usnw/presidential_candidate_ron_paul_has_a_blimp

However, they still need to raise an additional $175 K to keep the blimp in the air for the full month before the New Hampshire primaries–the $200 K is just a deposit. Anything over that will go toward keeping the blimp flying even longer.

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04:50 pm - Ron Paul Blimp on CNN

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05:49 pm - Ron Paul blimp on Tucker Carlson

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09:17 pm - Dissension in the Ron Paul Campaign

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