Humanoid Robot HR-2

The HR-2 robot was constructed during a period of three months at Chalmers University in Sweden. It has 22 degrees of freedom which enables it to easily move around imitating human motions. The robot is also equipped with stereovision giving it possibilities to perform hand-eye coordination. For that task an artificial neural network is evolved. Furthermore, the artificial brain is capable of tracking faces as well as recognising them. The HR-2 is also able to speak.

Robots to Save Japanese Culture?

Roboticists at the University of Tokyo and Kawada Industries have made great strides programming complex leg movements in biped humanoid robots with the necessary stability to pull off intricate dance maneuvers. HRP-2, weighing in at 5 feet and 125 pounds, uses a video motion-capture system to record dance lessons replicate them convincingly. In the video below, the robot was able to watch an instructor perform a folk dance called Aizu-Bandaisan and accurately perform it.
Source: Wired

Autonomous Vision-based Exploration and Map

This video shows the progress of a robot as it explores a real-world environment. It uses a stereo camera (and no other sensors) to detect obstacles and localize itself. It makes its own decisions about where to go, based on its expectation of the value of visiting any particular location. The environment is an indoor planar lab, about 20m on each side. Hat tip to Simra 

SuperBot Modular Robots

Wei-Min Shen of the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute recently reported to NASA significant progress in developing “SuperBot,” identical modular units that plug into each other to create robots that can stand, crawl, wiggle and even roll. He illustrated his comments with striking video of the system in action, video now posted on line (watch below). Continue reading

Robot Domo Making a Drink

Introduction to Humanoid Robot Domo