HumanPlus Humanoid Robot Learns Tasks Autonomously By Copying Humans

With over 17 years of writing experience, Jonathan has had a passion for all things tech-related, ever since watching Inspector Gadget as a child. He's disassembled countless appliances and managed to put a few back together, and one still works. When not writing, he can often be found playing video games or accidentally hurting himself in the garage.

Developed by Stanford University researchers, HumanPlus is a humanoid robot capable of learning to perform tasks by copying human movements. As long as it can be trained to do the dishes and laundry, I can support this technology.

To learn a new task, the robot is trained using 40 hours of human movement data points. It then replicates these movements to perform the same task. The robot can also “shadow” humans using a single RGB camera and reproduce the human’s movements immediately after in mimicry.

We demonstrate the system on our customized 33-DoF 180cm humanoid, autonomously completing tasks such as wearing a shoe to stand up and walk, unloading objects from warehouse racks, folding a sweatshirt, rearranging objects, typing, and greeting another robot with 60-100% success rates using up to 40 demonstrations,” said the researchers.

Things I want robots to learn how to do: the dishes, laundry, making a bed, vacuuming, dusting, and tidying my messes. Then my free time will be free again! I miss my free time. Right now, there aren’t enough hours in the day. 24? I need at least 30!

[via TechEBlog]

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With over 17 years of writing experience, Jonathan has had a passion for all things tech-related, ever since watching Inspector Gadget as a child. He's disassembled countless appliances and managed to put a few back together, and one still works. When not writing, he can often be found playing video games or accidentally hurting himself in the garage.