robots humanoid_robots asimo nao kirobo icub artificial_intelligence tech science

Mechanical Sidekicks Show Softer Side Of Robotics

by Txchnologist staff

By now, you’ve probably seen Boston Dynamics’ ATLAS, the six-foot, 330-pound humanoid robot that is part of DARPA’s robotics challenge. While this machine is one of the most advanced humanoid robots out there, it’s not exactly the type of creation you’d want to bring home to play with the dog. To be fair, it hasn’t been designed to be your buddy. Rather, top among its purposes is to assist soldiers on the battlefield and accompany first responders during disasters.

There are, however, a number of robots that may not be as capable as ATLAS, but would be more fun to see wandering around the house. Click through to learn more about the bots in the GIFs above.

ASIMO

ASIMO, a humanoid robot created by Honda, has been around for a few years, but engineers keep improving it year after year. ASIMO is one of the most coordinated robots out there—it can run faster than five miles per hour and balance on one foot. It’s just four feet tall, but Honda says its height is perfect because the robot is eye level with a seated adult. The main goal of ASIMO is to eventually be used to assist people who have limited mobility.

KIROBO

KIROBO is a Japanese robot that was developed with the intent to usher in a wave of robots that can easily communicate with people. In August, KIROBO was sent to the International Space Station to talk with Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata. KIROBO’s first words in space were, “On August 21, a robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all.”

NAO

NAO robots are small humanoid machines built on an open-source software platform. They come equipped with cameras, microphones and touch sensors. They can also be connected to the Internet, which means they can do things like look up Wikipedia articles for you, give you a personalized weather report and even stream Internet radio. There are a number of educational projects the NAO robots are involved in, including one called Autism Solutions for Kids (ASK). The ASK project was started because children with autism respond well to technology, leading NAO developers to send the robots into classrooms to “support teachers with in-class tasks, facilitate communication with parents, and therefore help children with autism reach new levels of greatness,” according to the developers.

iCub

iCub is being developed to reach cognitive levels on par with a human child. According to its developers, it’s the first humanoid robot that has both open-source software and hardware. iCub was first developed in Italy at the Italian Institute of Technology and is currently being used in 20 different robotics laboratories across Europe. One of the main goals of the iCub project is to advance “embodied cognition,” a field of artificial intelligence that explores whether a robot’s physical body can help it learn from its surroundings and eventually behave and interact like a human.

577
577 notes
http://www.tumblr.com/reblog/64298009458/7NiyTdXM
Permalink
  1. proud-to-be-nerd reblogged this from the-jamjam
  2. the-jamjam reblogged this from txchnologist
  3. rescogitons reblogged this from we-are-star-stuff
  4. thorvertonian reblogged this from txchnologist
  5. clitorisklein reblogged this from halibutblues
  6. brendasimo reblogged this from txchnologist
  7. fuckyeahfutureshock reblogged this from txchnologist
  8. zenpaper reblogged this from crookedindifference
  9. doctorgiggles reblogged this from verwus
  10. impededstream reblogged this from we-are-star-stuff
  11. arancore reblogged this from txchnologist
  12. manga-sama reblogged this from txchnologist
  13. nature-of-reality reblogged this from txchnologist
  14. masterofmagicians reblogged this from txchnologist
  15. luizsiqueiraneto reblogged this from txchnologist
  16. process-effect reblogged this from buzzfeedgeeky
  17. inferiorloaf reblogged this from atamajakki
  18. viirulentscience reblogged this from we-are-star-stuff
  19. matildathewolf reblogged this from crookedindifference
  20. duckadoo reblogged this from astrotastic
  21. timeandchange reblogged this from crookedindifference and added:
    I want the dancing ones!
  22. nihilarian-u reblogged this from malphalent
  23. polymethodic reblogged this from ajora
  24. ajora reblogged this from astrotastic
  25. amphibious99 reblogged this from atamajakki
  26. srancamon reblogged this from atamajakki
  27. verwus reblogged this from atamajakki
  28. atamajakki reblogged this from radioclubjp
  29. obsessed-writer reblogged this from faisdm
  30. thehofabides reblogged this from buzzfeedgeeky and added:
    OMG KIROBO IS ADORBS!
photo

LATEST

blog comments powered by Disqus