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When you go for a jog do you precisely measure the angle of each of your joints to keep you from falling over? No, of course not, only robots do that …and if Ryuma Niiyama has his way, they won’t be doing it for much longer either. The former University of Tokyo post-doctoral student created “Athlete” a bipedal robot that runs on legs powered by pneumatic “muscles”.
Robot see, robot do. 2010 may go down in history as the year of gesture recognition .
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Born in Belgrade, in what was then Yugoslavia, Maja Matarić originally wanted to study languages and art.
From parade appearances to his most recent star turn at Sundance , it looks like Asimo's re-invention as a song-and-dance man continues unabated. Most recently, those crazy intellectual property lawyers-cum-bloggers at Stamoulis & Weinblatt, LLC have hepped us to a patent app in Honda's name that describes a robot that can not only pick up a beat and dance along, but recognize the tune and sing its lyrics as well. The latter is accomplished by a wide array of techno-stuff, including a "sound collecting unit," a "voice signal generating unit" capable of both scat singing and singing singing, a "self-vocalized voice regulating unit," and more.
The New York Times today reports on an awesome experiment in which thoughts were extracted from a monkey in the US and used to control a walking robot in Japan.