A new generation of robots

Curious Tama turns her head in the direction of the approaching steps. When she sees Toshihiro Tashima, gets her entire body in joyful movement. Lovingly takes Tashima in the arm. It does not bother him that Tamas nose pointed to the side and legs are a little plump. However, it is his own creation: Tamas black and grey tiger skin is a mini robots, program filled with chips and dotted with sensors.
On programmed feeling: “There should lebensahnlich effect and cause feelings,” said the researchers of the Omron Corporation in Kyoto its digital Schmusetier. Depending on the situation, the plush robot anger, fear or surprise. He miaut if he wants to arm, gentle stroking calls a content Schnurren. About his long-term memory Robot recognizes the animal and its owner situations. Tashima proudly led a month ago his cat machines to the public. Tama is the latest model of a new generation of robots, which not only caused a sensation in Japan.

http://www.robots-dreams.com/Asimo_and_me-sm.jpgLast week, Professor Oh Jun-Ho was sacred “Man of the Year 2004″ at the Institute of Advanced Sciences and Technologies of Korea (Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, KAIST), including its work on humanoid robot. He met in recent days to an interview published on Oh My News, in which he explained the specific characteristics and challenges of humanoid robot Hubo. Hubo is a direct competitor Asimo, the robot developed by Japanese Honda: a comparable size (120 cm), it may evolve over two legs, shake hands or carry out specific tasks. One of its main specificities is to have hands with each of the fingers are independent. But the father of the robot can boast especially the speed with which it was developed (two years) and the related budget: “In fact, it may take more than $ 500 000 were invested in this research,” considers Jun-Ho Oh, and although the total budget is usually estimated at one million dollars, it is far from the $ 300 million spent on a Honda Asimo over the past 10 years. “I do not think Hubo is higher than Asimo. This is incredible and deserves our respect