Many new robots look less like the metal humanoids of pop culture and more like high-tech extensions of ourselves and our capabilities.
SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA), the newly established North American headquarters of SoftBank Robotics Holdings, today invites developers into its new global Developer Portal, to gain access to the next level of interactive high-tech: Pepper, the humanoid robot.
University of Michigan has a free-standing bipedal robot capable of walking down steep slopes, across a thin layer of snow, and over jagged and uneven ground. The feedback control algorithms of the robot can now be applied to assist other two-legged robots, including powered prosthetic legs to achieve similar capabilities.
A collaborative research team has found humanoid robotics and computer avatars could help rehabilitate people suffering from social disorders such as schizophrenia or social phobia. It is thanks to the theory of similarity, which suggests that it is easier to interact socially with someone who looks, behaves or moves like us.
Dennis Hong, director of UCLA’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa), with his graduate and undergraduate students, have designed innovative robots that can extinguish fires on ships, enter power plants to stop radiation leaks, climb up construction sites to do risky inspections, and safely pass through battlefields. Some robots can even play soccer, one tiny robot can break-dance. These robots come in different sizes and shapes, with various numbers of legs.
Children with autism have special difficulty in expressing emotions, usually have no social skills and face major problems when communicating. In order to help children with this problem learn to recognize facial expressions in themselves and in others, a group of researchers at the Tec de Monterrey, in Mexico, created a robot using artificial intelligence.
Parents want the best for their children's education and often complain about large class sizes and the lack of individual attention.
Researchers at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA) have developed a unique artificial fingertip that provides sophisticated tactile data to amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen.
The rapid pace of artificial intelligence (AI) has raised fears about whether robots could act unethically or soon choose to harm humans. Some are calling for bans on robotics research; others are calling for more research to understand how AI might be constrained.
Senior citizens would likely accept robots as helpers and entertainment providers, but are leery of giving up too much control to the machines, according to researchers.