Archivio per luglio, 2009

EINSTEIN-bot learns to smile, teaches us how to feel

sabato, luglio 11th, 2009

Einstein robot

by Donald Melanson, posted Jul 10th 2009 at 8:36PM

By now, you’re no doubt well acquainted with the Albert Hubo Einstein robot developed by the mad scientists at KAIST,
but some researchers at the University of California, San Diego has
also been working on their own Einstein bot for the past little while,
and they’ve now managed to teach it some new tricks. While the bot has
previously been able to display a full range of expressions through
some pre-programmed facial movements, it’s now able to teach itself
how to smile or display other emotions thanks to a new trial-and-error
technique dubbed "body babble." That apparently works by comparing
Einstein’s attempts at an expression with some facial recognition
software, which provides Al with some positive feedback each time he
manages an actual expression. Did we mention there’s a video? Check it
out after the break.

[Via Switched]

OBAMArobot & C.

sabato, luglio 4th, 2009

Walt Disney World unveils incredibly scary, robotic version of President Obama

by Laura June, posted Jul 3rd 2009 at 9:04AM

Now,
we’ve never been to this "Hall of Presidents" at Walt Disney World in
Orlando, Florida (our parents instead taking us to real, disused
dungeons and battlefields for family entertainment), but we’re thinking
about heading down there today — not because the newest animatronic addition — President Barack Obama
— has just been unveiled, but because his likeness is so… unlike
him, so incredibly, terrifyingly creepy (and yet still impressive all
the same). Yes, we’ll pop all of our closest friends’ children into the
van and take a fantastic voyage down to the southern tip of our great
nation just to see their reactions to this horrifying robotic
educational presentation. What better way to celebrate our nation’s
independence? Come to think of it… maybe our parents weren’t so bad
after all. Videos of Obamatron and of the President himself recording
audio for it after the break.