Robots’ Asimo ‘proved to be a referee

http://www.tranism.com/weblog/images/asimo-kids.jpgHonda Human robots’ Asimo ‘has learned a new trick: He can be equipped with a sophisticated hearing the exclamations of three people at a time. This is possible thanks to an order of eight microphones and a new Japanese scientists developed software.
Initially Asimo it simply acts as an arbitrator playing rock paper scissors. The ‘HARK’ referred to in the future software will also be able to cope with complex sentences, reports the trade magazine New Scientist. Eight microphones on the face and body of the robot provide input for HARK. The software analyzes the images to determine where a voice comes and separates them from other noise sources and the other speakers. Then HARK examine whether the individual votes really well insulated, before the data to a speech recognition software forwarded. This is the HARK system on the possibilities of the human hearing, said the researchers. “There can be several things simultaneously and not just listen to a single source of noise in focus,” says co-HARK Hiroshi Okuno of the Kyoto University. Continue reading

Japan: robots, artificial animals and anime-Stars

In hardly any other country in the world there is such a great enthusiasm for high-tech, robotics and artificial worlds, as in Japan. Various museums reflect this vehement wider interest and provide visitors with an impressive and comprehensive insight into the future, the already long since begun. Since October 2006 astounded the robot museum in Nagoya visitors with cutting-edge exhibits. At present, is in conjunction with the exhibition “Think Robo” the development of the robot from the beginning of the 20th Century until now at the centre. The special interest is the “humanoid” robots “Wabot” from the’70s on “ASIMO” from the House of Honda, whose course is similar to that of the people, to the household robot Wakamaru. Continue reading

Dextre, the mechanical robot from space

http://graphics.boston.com/resize/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2008/03/16/1205722256_6016/539w.jpgIt is equipped with sensors and socket wrenches. His mission: to work on the outer part of the International Space Station. In a perfect autonomy. Dextre is the work of the Canadian Space Agency. Behind his small name, which speaks volumes about his dexterity, lies a more technical name: Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator. The robot is part of the trip that must be carried out, this week, the American shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station (ISS). Continue reading

A path mapped out for any robot

http://www.art.eonworks.com/gallery/concept/military_robot_design-200316-SM.jpgThe company is a leader in the field of domestic and military robot. It relies on its model vacuum to invest European homes. robot is not one of these start-ups that surfing the past few years alone on the new wave of robots. As explained in the preamble to Expansion in an interview with the CEO and co-founder Colin Angle, robot has become in 18 years the first global robotics company with 450 employees and an annual turnover of nearly 250 million dollars. ” His weapon of conquest, or rather its weapons? On the one hand, robots developed for military purposes, including for demeaning operations of the U.S. military in Iraq. On the other hand, domestic models capable of performing the tasks of daily less favorable. Roomba, its best-selling product, aspires dust in full autonomy, also using an algorithm originally developed for robots mine detectors. Continue reading

Sony returns his jacket and gives the brain of the robot in science

http://www.geekologie.com/2007/11/28/soft-touch-robot.jpgLast October, Sony accused of hacking those programs changed its Aibo robot dog. Today, the Japanese giant announced it will enter the public domain software who run the head of its creature. The Japanese group has made a big decision about his famous cyber pet, Aibo: June 3 next year, it will publish on its website Aibo.com details of the software Open-R, which allows you to program the robot’s behavior. Continue reading