DARPA Robotic Challenge Seeks Humanoid Rescue Worker

DARPA Robotic Challenge Seeks Humanoid Rescue Worker

The world of Asimov’s i-Robot may be just around the corner thanks to DARPA’s new robotic challenge. Details of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s new $2 million challenge have been unveiled, revealing a highly ambitious project aimed at developing sophisticated, humanoid robots capable of doing tasks that, to date, only humans have been able to […]

Robot vs. Human distinction in human brain

Robot vs. Human distinction in human brain

In a research study done by University of California San Diego, human brain reaction to the humanoid robots’ human appearance vs. their human-like movements have been examined. The study was led by Ayse Pinar Saygin, an assistant professor of cognitive science at UC San Diego and alumna of the same department.  According to Saygin, the […]

Latest Humanoid Robot by Hitachi

Latest Humanoid Robot by Hitachi

The latest humanoid robot developed by Hitachi is able to recognize and locate objects in a room. It has a huge database of objects which it downloads from the internet and then compares the objects it sees with this database. The robot will not be commercialized anytime soon however. See link for more: http://www.china.org.cn/video/2012-02/28/content_24749235.htm

Nao next generation robot

Nao next generation robot

Aldebaran Robotics, has released its latest version of the NAO robot — NAO Next Gen. The power of NAO Next Gen, the new fully programmable humanoid robot that has the most extensive worldwide use, is opening up new perspectives and fields of application for its users. (December 9, 2011 – Paris, France) “The inception of this new generation […]

Improved Asimo

Improved Asimo

Honda’s famous ASIMO robot, which has just celebrated its 11th birthday recently, was on display last week, with its improved capabilities.  The famous Android can now run 9 km/hour – an improvement from 6 km / hour, it can pour drinks with a bottle and a glass that is arbitrarily placed on a table (including […]

Humanoid robot Nao charges itself autonomously

Humanoid robot Nao charges itself autonomously

Manufactured by Aldebaran Robotics of France, Nao Humanoid Robot has been widely used in robot competitions as well as by research institutions. The 23 inch high robot has sensors such as cameras, sonars, accelerometers, microphones, which enables it to do amazingly human movements. Now its makers gave it the ability to autonomously find its recharge […]

Android robot learns from experience

Android robot learns from experience

In Japan researchers developed a robot that can use artificial intelligence to learn about its surroundings and act accordingly. The android robot which is run by a system called  -SOINN, Self Organizing Incremantal Neural Network – enables robot to perform unsupervised tasks which are autonomously learned. The robot in the video below is able to […]

ROS operated humanoid robot to help in human settings

ROS operated humanoid robot to help in human settings

Finally we will be starting to see humanoid robots in our daily lives more and more… A good example is the M1 robot by Meka Robotics, a humanoid robot on wheels that is able to manipulate its environment. The robot runs with ROS (Robot operating system) extensions. The builders say that the robot is designed […]

Human Robot arm with muscles

Human Robot arm with muscles

Today, motors and servos are used on a majority of robots that we use for various purposes, as well as on the robots in development stage. Artificial Muscles is one alternative way in robotics for providing force to moving structure of a robot. A German company called Festo, designed a robot arm based entirely on […]

Robot programmed to develop emotions

In recent study, performed by a consortium of universities and robotic companies across Europe, the robots are programmed to have emotions and develop bonds with humans. The behaviour is modelled after what a yound child does when he/she interacts with their parents, in the sense that it uses the same type of behavioral cues and […]