Watch as this presumably drunk $8,000 humanoid NAO robot tries to feed a dog a Pop-Tart. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned.
The owner hands him the toaster pastry, and the robot is all impressed saying, “Wow!”
If robots and humans are to work together, we need to destroy all copies of The Matrix, The Terminator and other media portraying robotic uprising. That’s the first thing we should do. Only after we have done that should we expand on the experiments being done in the Jouhou System Kougaku (JSK) Lab of the University of Tokyo, which involves teaching robots to work together.
The inverse proportion of awesome Kinect hacks to decent Kinect games continues. Software engineer Taylor Veltrop used a combination of store-bought items and his non-store-bought brain to come up with a robot that mimics his movements sends video back to him in real-time.
The French company Aldebaran Robotics just released their next generation NAO mini-humanoid robot, which boasts a bunch of new features that will make it quite formidable. The compact ‘bot stands 1’ 10″ high, and “sees” using high-resolution cameras.
Nao, that lovable robot that has entertained us by dancing and doing all kinds of other awesome tricks, now has another capability. Aldebaran Robotics has created, the makers of Nao, have created a sort of home base for the robot, where it can chill, charge up or just relax after a long day of entertaining humans.
I don’t quite know why, but I rather enjoy watching robots dance. Maybe it’s because they’re supposed to be designed to do more serious things like assembling cars, detonating bombs, or performing surgery. However, there’s nothing quite like a little robot choreography as a form of digital entertainment.