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SOINN enables robots to learn and adapt to new situations

By Damir Beciri
1 August 2011

robot-soinn-hasagawa-labResearchers from the Hasegawa Group at the Tokyo Institute of Technology are developing a robot capable to think, learn and take on tasks it hasn’t tried before. By using Self-Organizing Incremental Neural Network (SOINN), the robot can think in a way similar to humans, because it can make educated guesses and decisions based on its… »


Nao robot used by researchers to implement machine ethics

By Damir Beciri
9 November 2010

machine-ethics-robot-naoBy using information about specific ethical dilemmas supplied to them by ethicists, computers can effectively “learn” ethical principles in a process called machine learning. A team of researchers programmed Nao robot (toddler-sized robot we wrote about in our article about RoboCup 2009) with an ethical principle that was discovered by a computer. This learned principle… »


US Navy develops robot Octavia for more natural human-robot interaction

By Damir Beciri
17 June 2010

octavia-robot-1The number of various army robots is rising, whether those are scouting drones, bomb squad robots, search and rescue robots or assault robots. Most of the mentioned robots are remotely controlled with small interference from their autonomous systems, however, the US Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence (NCARAI) is working on more natural… »


eyeDriver software enables car steering with your eyes

By Damir Beciri
One Comment29 April 2010

spirit-of-berlin-carGerman researchers have developed a new technology that lets drivers steer cars using only their eyes. The scientists Berlin’s Free University developed the software eyeDriver which is responsible for the steering of their car dubbed “Spirit of Berlin” just by the movement of the eyes. Raul Rojas, an artificial intelligence researcher at Berlin’s Free University,… »


Homemade robot Loki is a hobby project of one man

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments9 February 2010

loki-robotMost of the robots we wrote about are made by corporations or research laboratories. In this article we’re going to write about a robot made by a single man. Loki, which takes its name from the Norse god of Mischief, is a robot build for hobby. It was made by software engineer David Shinsel, who… »


New extinction of robotic pets – Pleo the dinosaur euthanized

By Rob Aid
3 Comments16 May 2009

thepleo.jpgIt is a trend around the world to cancel the production of projects which bring the joy to our children or the child within us all. Sony stopped producing the lovable doggy AIBO and the development of their very agile dancing robot QRIO in the beginning of the year 2006. Ugobe, the Idaho-based consumer robotics… »