Rationalization with a human face remains Vision

Humanoid robots are among researchers a much-debated topic – deployments in enterprises and in everyday experts appear initially but unrealistic: So far, most such robots for the stage.
Augsburg. Matthias Hackel, managing director of Mabotic in Leverkusen has a new friend: SAM. Unlike his predecessor H10 can SAM with eyes rolling, his head move and gesticulate. The humanoid robot, the founder of a company to control and automation technology together with the University of Bielefeld has developed can be built FireWire cameras even target objects. The development of robot prototypes but rather was paid hobby as a profession, says Hackel, whose main business is the digitization of components. A real market for robots with human features and capabilities exist in Germany yet. But medium-sized companies monitor research at the human machines. Because in the future could the results of robotics research and industrial robots or everyday intelligent systems. “For many entrepreneurs, the robot technology as an important future topic perceived,” said Jochen Steil, managing director of the Research Institute for Cognitive and robotics at the University of Bielefeld (CoR-Lab). Results of research on human robots could eventually transferred to other technologies. Therefore, Steil believes that in five to ten years everyday devices such as browsers or motion detectors intelligent detection mechanisms. With fine sensors could be a motion detector, for example, a person of a moving dog. Or the navigation device could generate the voice of a car driver. “People Similar robots are against being pure research topic,” said Tamim Asfour, director of Sonde rfor schungsbereichs Humanoid robot, which since 2001 by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). 40 researchers at the University of Karlsruhe, the Fraunhofer Institute for Information and data work, and various research centers are working on the development of robot technologies. The aim of the research work: a robot with human skills for everyday life. Asfour expects finds itself with a service Revolution through the metal colleagues: “In a few years, humanoid robots service the way into our everyday lives, such as the Internet in recent years has done.” For Sven Behnke, director of the Working Humanoid robots at the University of Freiburg since April and department head at the Institute of computer science at the University of Bonn, the personal financial Butler initially opposed a pure vision. Even relatively well-developed Japanese robot with human traits, such as Toyota and Honda last vorfuhrten were only for the stage. Stakes in less controlled environment was still not possible. From our fast, complex life would grow. “Although we already have a high level reached in mechanics, are moving on uneven terrain, intelligent reliable speech recognition and computer vision are still great technological challenges,” says the scientist.
His experience taught him: In a controlled environment is already much possible: It is Behnkes robot soccer team Nimbro acting world champion of the annual football championship Robot Cup. Here researchers from all over the world robots against each other. The researchers dream of, in 2050 to win against people. The always great interest in robots with human skills for the developers, meanwhile a very practical reason: “We have made our world for human body built,” says Alois Knoll, professor of real-time systems and robotics at the Technical University of Munich. The advantages Human robots are as clear: You can use our tools, our climb stairs and our work. “The communication is easier if we were dealing with a species have to do to an intelligent beings recalls,” says Knoll. Indeed, the CoR also Lab CEO Jochen Steil. The humanoid form increases the empathy, the people of the technology would lead to any contrary. For example, scientists at the University of Bielefeld find that robots similar subjects treated like little children as far as they where in their limited abilities similar.