Teresa Escrig

News and oppinion about Cognitive AI & Robotics

Many robotic prototypes built, few arrive to the market

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I really enjoyed  the following video from iRobot that shows their museum of all of the robotic prototypes and applications they’ve been working on over the years.

It’s amazing stuff, and very important to realize the amount of work that needs to be done to prove a concept. Even when proven, the robot may not meet some of the needs of the user, and not a best seller anyway.

Next time you buy a sophisticated toy or a small (not so intelligent) vacuum cleaner, remember all of the time, money, research and work behind it!

Thank you iRobot for showing us this treasure!

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February 11th, 2013 at 11:33 pm

What are the benefits of Artificial Intelligence in Robotics?

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Happy New Year to all!  It’s been a while since my last post. Too busy. Now, I’m back.

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Robotics is not only a research field within artificial intelligence, but a field of application, one where all areas of artificial intelligence can be tested and integrated into a final result.

Amazing humanoid robots exhibit elegant and smooth motion capable of walking, running, and going up and down stairs.  They use their hands to protect themselves when falling, and to get up afterward.  They’re an example of the tremendous financial and human capital that is being devoted to research and development in the field of electronics, control and the design of robots.

Very often, the behavior of these robots contains a fixed number of pre-programmed instructions that are repeated regardless of  any changes in the environment. These robots have no autonomy, nor adaptation, to the changing environment, and therefore do not show intelligent behavior. We are amazed by the technology they provide, which is fantastic! But we can not infer that, because the robots are physically so realistic and the movements so precise and gentle, that they are able to do what we (people) do. Read the rest of this entry »

Real or fiction? How far is the robotic industry to produce something like this?

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Gumdrop is a 27-year old Bulgarian robot-actress who has appeared in films with Fred Astaire and Charlie Chaplin, and now she’s auditioning for a new film with someone called TikTok.

Gumdrop is one of the most cute and endearing robots that have been creating in film. This is a short film from Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow director Kerry Conran is totally worthy of a feature length version, diving into the life of Grumdrop.

What are the features of this bot-actress that does not exist in our current robots yet?

  • Gumdrop is flexible in her body and mouth movements
  • Gumdrop has an intelligent communication
  • Gumdrop has a history as an individual robot (“when I was a litte robot”, she recalls)

Find the full article about the movie here.

The current robot that reminds me to Gumdrop is Tico, from Adele Robotics. Look at the following video:

Do you find more differences?

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December 3rd, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Amazing examples of the variety of uses of service robotics

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By Ann R. Thryft 11/12/2012

Service robots often mean robots that assist the elderly, or help with the rehabilitation of medical patients. But the range of services that robots can perform is extremely broad.

From a robotic fish that uses artificial intelligence to detect and identify pollution in seawater created by SHOAL,

 

 

 

 

 

 

To a telepresence PatrolBot which will let disabled police officers and military veterans serve as distance patrol officers, filling a gap in both the lack of patrol staff, and the lack of available jobs for disabled vets and officers, developed by Florida International University. Read the rest of this entry »

If you can imagine it, you can do it

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Our brain is the starting point of our creation.

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November 15th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

What would you do if money was not an object in your life?

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Do in life whatever you are passionate to do!

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November 15th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Echoes of creation.

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Sometimes we get too enclosed in our little boxes. This movie allows us to change perspective of live.

There is no mediocrity in Nature.

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November 13th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

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Follow your passion to succeed

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You probably have seen this video (more than 15 Million watches), but if not, please, remember that your passion is what drives you in live, both personally and professionally.

Enjoy!

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October 24th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Fiona, a community robotic project to create an artificial mind

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Adele Robotics has launched Fiona, a project for the robotics community to create an artificial mind.

This is another example of Cloud Robotics and reproducing the Apps economy for the robotics industry, the future of robotics.

Congratulations Adele!

Robotic Operating System (ROS), the standard that the robotics field desperately needed

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October 19, 2012 by David Pietrocola at Robohub (Robohub is an online platform that brings together leading communicators in robotics research, start-ups, business, and education from around the world).

Open-source software is making it easier to reuse algorithms and allow engineers and researchers to focus on their problems of interest instead of reinventing the wheel for each project. Not an expert in path planning or don’t have the time (or patience) to implement SLAM? There’s a package for that. Manipulator control? Package for that too. Additionally, falling component prices and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) devices are making robotics hardware more available. This tutorial will teach you how to put together a simple remote teleoperation robot using these principles.

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Cognitive Brain for Service Robotics (R) from Cognitive Robots is created with ROS.