Humanoid

  • Like a teenager going off to college, DARPA's Atlas robot has cut the tether and is walking on its own without a safety line.
  • Toshiba has introduced its own take on human-looking androids at Japan's CEATEC electronics trade show this week. The communication android has been built to communicate in Japanese sign language, requiring fluid and precise movement of its arms and hands.
  • Humanoid robots are continually improving and Honda's ASIMO is no different. Honda's first two-legged robot was born in 1986 and since then, subsequent models have become increasingly advanced. Today's newly-announced version is autonomous, intelligent and responsive.
  • Two new lifelike (some might even say positively creepy) robot creations of Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro have now joined the staff of Tokyo's Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, and will act as announcer and science guide to a new permanent exhibition.
  • Jointly developed by SoftBank Mobile and Aldebaran Robotics SAS, the semi-humanoid robot Pepper is designed to gauge human emotions and alter its behavior accordingly as a way to better fit into family life.
  • Scientists from the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln, UK are using expressive robot ERWIN (Emotional Robot with Intelligent Network) to study how long-term relationships may form between robots and humans.
  • Ez-Robot, a small company based in Calgary, Canada, has introduced its "Revolution" line of robots with modular parts, easy-to-use features, and snap-together mechanics. The line is made up of three new robot kits: a humanoid two legged walker, a spider, and a rover.
  • NASA has released new images and video of the leg modifications to the Robonaut 2 robot currently working aboard the International Space Station (ISS). R2 will receive its new limbs early next year.
  • The goal of DARPA's multi-year Robotics Challenge is to develop robots capable of reducing the danger of rescue and relief to victims and first responders alike. In December, DARPA will pit rescue robots against a series of tasks that represent disaster scenarios.
  • PAL Robotics, bankrolled by a member of the United Arab Emirates royal family, has been developing humanoid robots for almost a decade. Now the company has unveiled the third generation in its line of robots, which will be sold as a research platform to university labs around the world.
  • RoboKind of Dallas, Texas has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise capital for the further development of its Zeno R25 interactive humanoid robot. The robot is designed to interact with humans in an intuitive way by detecting and mimicking emotions.
  • With virtually no commercially-available biologically-inspired humanoid robot kits to choose from, a team from France has opted to design and fabricate its own robot using a 3D printer and consumer electronics. The result is an open source and surprisingly cheaper alternative.