August 13, 2009

ASIMO Learns Navigation

Part of the charm of ASIMO is lost once you know that he is still being guided by someone behind the red curtain, but he continues to make headway in the intelligence department. He can now navigate around objects in his path thanks to researchers at Carnegie Mellon. The system uses algorithms and a camera that views both hazards and robot. We expect that eventually every family will have its own ASIMO once he reaches that totally independent stage.

Via CMU

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August 11, 2009

iCub Learns a New Trick

The 5 year project RobotCub, funded by the European Commission, is a work in progress. The purpose is to study cognition in an open source platform and they are hoping to share the knowledge and work with other humanoid creators. Not only does the iCub, designed to resemble a 3 1/2 year old, play the drums, he has learned to recognize objects a second time once he sees them.

Via RobotCub

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August 5, 2009

Kondo + iPhone = Robochan

When you have all the basics of your iPhone down, why not turn it into a robot? After creating an app, "ogutti's" Robochan is a combination of a Kondo KHR-2HV humanoid and an iPhone 3GS head. He can be programmed to dance or to make other moves. While we find his demeanor enchanting, we are not sure about the leek-spinning dance music used in the demo.

Via Pink Tentacle

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July 29, 2009

Miim Dons Wedding Dress for Runway

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This is getting downright eerie. Saya teaches, Actroid DER-2 acts and now Designer Yumi Katsura uses Miim to model a wedding dress. As HRP-4C strutted her stuff down the cat robotwalk, she commented that she was happy to be wearing it. Miim's developer, Kazuhito Yokoi, claimed he felt like the "father of the bride." Hoping to continue to promote his creation, he would like her to work more in fashion and entertainment. Maybe she should meet with DER-2 for some tips.

Via nine msn

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July 28, 2009

Actroid DER-2 to Replace Billy Mays?

Kokoro's Actroid DER-2 has made her debut in a TV commercial for Kincho's Preshower UV insect repellent/sunscreen spray. Entitled "The Woman Who Doesn't Rust," we figure there is a valid point there.

Via Pink Tentacle

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July 21, 2009

Wakamaru to Appear in Drag

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Walkamaru is joining Osaka's Tenjin Festival this month. About a million visitors will be treated to the MHI bot that is being taught the Osaka-jime and will meet and greet during the boat parade.

Via Pink Tentacle

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July 8, 2009

Chinese Doppelganger Creepily Realistic

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The Xian Chaoren Sculpture Research Institute in China can duplicate humans so realistically that you can have your own doppelganger. The sculptures are made of simulated silica gel and are apparently a hit at art exhibitions, museums, and those who can afford them. Take a look at their site...which is the human?

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June 24, 2009

JAST Robots Anticipate Human Needs

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The European Commission's Joint-Action Science and Technology researchers built a service bot that they say can anticipate needs of humans. The robot is programmed to help them put together a toy, pays attention to what part the person has, then finds the right tool to use. If a piece can be used in multiple ways, the bot will ask what the human is building to try to deal with a possible mistake.

The JAST team is hoping that it will lead to cooperative service bots who can anticipate and question human actions, as opposed to those that are pre-programmed. We figure that if they can let us know where our keys are, we are all for it.

Via JAST

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June 15, 2009

Koeda Improves Locomotion in Robot

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Masanao Koeda created a bipedal robot with the express purpose of teaching him to move more like humans and to be able to turn around more easily. Now it seems that the Associate Professor at Osaka Electro-Communication University has now taught him some new tricks. He has smoother locomotion and the ability to know the difference between surfaces. Check out the video here.

Via Digital World

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June 12, 2009

Dancing Manoi Go!

Robotic experts Dr. GIY and Okamoto got together to make this hybrid breakdancing MANOI GO! Because we don't speak Japanese, we needed Robots Dreams to alert us to the fact that "go" means "5" and may suggest that the bot costs about 4 times the amount of the original. Be that as it may, this is one fine example of humanoid robot capability, even if his mother dresses him funny.

Via Robots Dreams


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