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Posted: Jul 11 2005, 05:41 AM
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Quick, which one is the robot?

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Repliee Q1 (at left in both pictures) appeared yesterday at the 2005 World Expo in Japan, where she gestured, blinked, spoke, and even appeared to breathe. Shown with co-creator Hiroshi Ishiguru of Osaka University, the android is partially covered in skinlike silicone. Q1 is powered by a nearby air compressor, and has 31 points of articulation in its upper body.

Internal sensors allow the android to react "naturally." It can block an attempted slap, for example. But it's the little, "unconscious" movements that give the robot its eerie verisimilitude: the slight flutter of the eyelids, the subtle rising and falling of the chest, the constant, nearly imperceptible shifting so familiar to humans.

Surrounded by machines that draw portraits, swat fast-moving balls, and snake through debris, Q1 is only one of the showstoppers at the expo's Prototype Robot Exposition, which aims to showcase Japan's growing role in the robotics industry.

But given Q1's reported glitch-related "spasms" at the expo, it may be a while before androids are escorting tour groups or looking after children which may be just as well. "When a robot looks too much like the real thing, it's creepy," Hiroshi told the Associated Press.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/20...0610_robot.html




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Posted: Jul 22 2005, 07:26 PM
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"When a robot looks too much like the real thing, it's creepy," Hiroshi told the Associated Press.


Yes that thing is very creepy and I really wouldn't like to run into it. clubinhand.gif They'd be picking up pieces of it for days if I ran into it.

The most disturbing aspect of it is that it was reported that the thing defended itself by blocking someone trying to slap it and probably would have violated one of the supposed laws of robotics if it had been programmed to retaliate. The glitch related spasms that it seems to be having doesn't sit too well with me either.

Fortunately only its upper body appears to move and its legs are not operational. They might of made it look human but they haven't perfected a perfectly human looking android that can walk upright for various reasons including the ability for it to keep its balance like a human can.

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"legs are not operational"

So THEY say.

The press release is usually 50 years behind the facts.


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Posted: Jul 27 2005, 07:41 AM
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"legs are not operational"

So THEY say.

The press release is usually 50 years behind the facts.

I'm sure the military has their own or is close to having their own fully mobile female robot with operational legs with a bonus built in nuke for placement behind enemy lines. robotskull.gif Of course it might walk like its drunk or with crutches unless they figured out little balance problem. bartborg.gif


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Just like a Bugs Bunny cartoon? laughspin.gif Femmebots.

It is a serious possibility. Journalists can get in just about anywhere and they don't look like everyone else to start with.


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Posted: Jul 27 2005, 07:42 PM
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Japan has a walking and running robot called ASIMO built by Honda.

They have built him small to appear less threatening.

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Japan, Honda Offers ASIMO for Science Classes ... ASIMO, Honda's advanced humanoid robot...
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Honda Debuts New Humanoid Robot "ASIMO"
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http://www.world.honda.com/news/2000/c001120_1.html

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Honda's ASIMO is world's most advanced walking robot, and from 16 to 22 February 2004 visitors to the Science Museum will have the opportunity to see ASIMO in four performances each day. ASIMO is turning into something of a global celebrity, but the Science Museum will be welcoming him for his very first visit to the UK.

What makes ASIMO so different is that while he is human shaped and 1.2m tall, he also has many more human characteristics. ASIMO can walk, turn corners, climb up and down stairs and follow people. ASIMO can recognise voices and postures, react to an offered handshake and adjust his centre of gravity.
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/asimo/index.asp

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I recall seeing the latest sexual-play-toy-full-size dolls on some tv show, and they were so lifelike that it was almost unbelieveable.

It's just a matter of time before a lifelike robot is walking among us and, I shudder at the thought, having sex with people.




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Posted: Jul 31 2005, 09:58 AM
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"legs are not operational"

So THEY say.

They don't need legs.

The fastest ones have wheels.

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Japanese electronics firm Hitachi has unveiled its first humanoid robot, called Emiew, to challenge Honda's Asimo and Sony's Qrio robots.

Hitachi said the 1.3m (4.2ft) Emiew was the world's quickest-moving robot yet at 6km/h (3.7 miles per hour).

Two wheel-based Emiews, Pal and Chum, introduced themselves to reporters at a press conference in Japan.

They will be guests at this month's World Expo. Sony and Honda have both built robots to showcase engineering.

Explaining why Hitachi's Emiew used wheels instead of feet, Toshihiko Horiuchi, from Hitachi's Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory, said: "We aimed to create a robot that could live and co-exist with people."

"We want to make the robots useful for people ... If the robots moved slower than people, users would be frustrated."

Emiew - Excellent Mobility and Interactive Existence as Workmate - can move at 6km/h (3.7 miles per hour) on its "wheel feet", which resemble the bottom half of a Segway scooter.

With sensors on the head, waist, and near the wheels, Pal and Chum demonstrated how they could react to commands.

"I want to be able to walk about in places like Shinjuku and Shibuya [shopping districts] in the future without bumping into people and cars," Pal told reporters.

Hitachi said Pal and Chum, which have a vocabulary of about 100 words, could be "trained" for practical office and factory use in as little as five to six years.

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Robotics researchers have long been challenged by developing robots that walk in the gait of a human.

At the recent AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) annual meeting in Washington DC, researchers showed off bipedal designs.

The three designs, each built by a different research group, use the same principle to achieve a human-like gait.

Sony and Honda have both used humanoid robots, which are not commercially available, as a way of showing off computing power and engineering expertise.

Honda's Asimo was "born" five years ago. Since then, Honda and Sony's Qrio have tried to trump each other with what the robots can do at various technology events.

Asimo has visited the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic, France and Ireland as part of a world tour.

Sony's Qrio has been singing, jogging and dancing in formation around the world too and was, until last year, the fastest robot on two legs.

But its record was beaten by Asimo. It is capable of 3km/h, which its makers claim is almost four times as fast as Qrio.

Last year, car maker Toyota also stepped into the ring and unveiled its trumpet-playing humanoid robot.

By 2007, it is predicted that there will be almost 2.5 million "entertainment and leisure" robots in homes, compared to about 137,000 currently, according to the United Nations (UN).

By the end of that year, 4.1 million robots will be doing jobs in homes, said a report by the UN Economic Commission for Europe and the International Federation of Robotics.

Hitachi is one of the companies already with home cleaning robot machines on the market.

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