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in on Simon, he was moving pretty slowly, moving some blocks from
one bin to another, and while he was creepily silent, we still had high
hopes for his future. Well, Simon’s seemingly come a long way — if
recent footage of him and his creator, Georgia Institute of Technology
researcher, Andrea Thomaz — are to be believed. Simon’s host of new
features now include voice recognition (he’s got a Stephen Hawking-style
voice of his own), facial recognition, sound localization, plus he’s
way speedier now. All of this helps Simon learn how to do things on his
own without constantly being commanded. And in case you were wondering
— Simon the robot
is no fanboy — his various software programs run on Windows, Linux,
and Mac machines. Hit the read more to view the video.
He may have plastic boobs saggier than Dame Judi Dench, but
as Wired points
out, this RoboThespian "shows more acting range than some Hollywood
stars." The British robot has been programmed to show off a variety of
His creators, Engineered
Arts, have made him completely self-supporting, with his torso
capable of bending and turning, his arms able to move about, and even
basic facial gestures performed. He is powered by compressed air, with
the control system sitting in his torso along with the air valves that
help him move.
The best bit however is that he can be fully-programmed to perform a
script on cue, translating text to speech in English, Spanish, Germany,
French and even Mandarin Chinese.
This morning, NASA and General Motors unveiled Robonaut 2, aka R2, which
is a weird name considering it looks nothing like the real R2.
Robonaut 2 was designed to assist both astronauts and auto workers. It
has no legs. More details and video after the jump.
From Popular Mechanics:
"We had a common agenda with NASA," says Allen Taub, vice
president of global research and development at GM. "They wanted to make
a robot that could work next to an astronaut," he says. "The question
we wanted to answer was, ‘How do I make a robot so it can work with
operators, without all of the safety precautions and cages?’" As they go
through their automated routines, industrial assembly bots are
inherently dangerous to be around. And according to Taub, installing
cages and other safety measures often costs more than the robot itself.
"This robot can be going through its paces, and if you just hold your
hand up, it hits your hand and stops," he says…
GM’s goal in co-developing R2 is to eventually install similar
systems in its plants, performing the kind of repetitive, ergonomically
difficult jobs that might injure a human operator. Vision sensors in the
robot’s head, as well as pressure sensors in its fingers, allow it to
manipulate parts with near-human precision. The biggest upgrades from
the original Robonaut are R2’s thumb, which now have four degrees of
freedom (as opposed to three), and its overall speed, which have
improved by a factor of four. One result of all of this engineering is
the kind of breakthrough only a roboticist would swoon over: R2 can use
both hands to work with a piece of flexible material. If that sounds
simple, consider the amount of sensory data, cognitive processing and
physical dexterity needed to manipulate something that flows and bends
in your fingers.
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Fred Astaire act a while back we knew he had star quality — and
now it looks like the feisty robot is finally getting his big break. Living
With Robots, which just premiered at Sundance Film Festival, was
directed by Joe Berlinger (who directed Metallica’s Some Kind of
Monster) and tells the story of a humanoid robot that gets stranded
at home while his family flies overseas for Christmas. Instead of
calling the police, he stays home — alone — and bravely
fights off Joe Pesci and some other guy whose name we can’t remember.
[Editor’s note: This is patently untrue. Actually, the film promises to
investigate "humankind’s keen interest in robots and how robots can
challenge the impossible by saving lives while also holding the promise
to become more integrated and helpful in daily life." So there.]
Interested? We bet you are! Check out the PR, and the eight minute
short film, after the break.
Willow Garage is giving away up to ten of its new PR2
mobile-manipulation robots to research institutions that send in
proposals "describing the open source and scientific contributions that
they can make with a PR2."
For the past couple of years, our researchers,
developers and interns have used prototypes of the PR2 to build
exciting new capabilities for robotics. The PR2 program kickstarted
development of ROS, an open source robotics platform. It also helped
drive new capabilities in the OpenCV computer vision library. One year
ago, we accomplished our first Milestone: autonomous navigation with
the PR2 robot for 2π kilometers. Six months ago, we accomplished our
second Milestone: opening doors, plugging in, and 26.2 miles of
autonomous navigation. We are now completing our third Milestone, which
solidifies the ROS and OpenCV software platforms that form the basis of
the PR2 software system.
It looks like a friendly fellow, but stay clear of that beak.
haven’t had breakfast yet, so these breakfast robots from Korea are
looking all the more attractive. KIST has developed two ‘bots which can
operate a microwave, serving tea with toast and carrying it to the
In the video below, Mahru-Z (the boy robot with two legs, who took
two years to create) carries a cup of something hot from the microwave,
which he opens, picks the toast up from the toaster, and places them
both in a basket. That’s when his ladyfriend Mahru-M comes in, who’s
equipped with a nice round wheely bottom. She picks up the basket, and
serves it to the human member of their breakfast party.
KIST is hoping to develop Mahru-Z and Mahru-M to the point where
they can aid families in household tasks, including washing the dishes
and preparing food. Just make them a little faster so the toast is
actually still warm when it reaches me, and I’m sold. [MT News via PlasticPals]
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We’ve got no idea how this nugget of glorious mechanized boogie snuck
past us — we’ll blame it on the horror we experienced while watching Doka Harumi’s robot dance routine.
Another entrant in that same Japanese robo-dance contest, this
red-blazered drone brings the pain, the funk, and all necessary
accessories to rock your world. We’re not kidding — if you don’t like
this, you don’t like technology. Skip past the break for not one, but
two doses of that mind-altering video action.