robotics post of the day
The robot HOAP-2 assumes a sumo stance
Robotics scientists displayed creations that can perfrom acrobatics and martial arts moves at the recent CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) 2003 robotics conference in Tokyo.
Visitors ... met Morph3, a human-like robot about 30-centimetres tall developed by researchers at the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan. It can perform back flips and karate moves thanks to 138 pressure sensors, 30 different onboard motors and 14 computer processors.
Another miniature humanoid robot on display was Fujitsu's HOAP-2. This droid has been programmed to perform moves from the Chinese martial art taijiquan, as well as Japanese Sumo wrestling stances.
HOAP-2 is designed as an aid to robotics research and therefore runs on open source, Linux-based software. Fujitsu believes it will sell between 20 and 30 of the robots to universities and companies in 2004.
But cool your jets, mecha fans: An expert quoted in the story pointed out that increasing robots' physical capabilites, impressive as it is, isn't so much of a challenge as research into artificial intelligence.
Of course, with recent advances in linking mind and machines, maybe it's only a matter of time before we really can metally link with giant robots as in every other anime ever made.
(via Wirehed News; cross-posted at Destroy All Monsters)