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This robot is more for the show, than for solving a real
need. But once its out, it will open the era of new robots.
The main feature is that it looks and walks like a human,
or at least like a stick figure. So it has a head, two legs
and two hands, in approximately human proportions.
runs by understanding voice commands, but also via a
remote. It has only a few commands: Turn right/left, Go
forward/backward. Put down. Pick up. And STOP.
It has a voice reco interface, which you can teach to
understand the simple set of commands. It can also be
controlled with a remote control.
It keeps balance, using "feelers" in its feet assisted with
binocular front and rear cameras.
It has a set of standard messages that it can learn to say.
Sells for $5000 although it barely does more than a
supermarket wagon (except that it goes up stairs and can
come home with you). At first it will be seen only in the
rich areas. But later on, when prices plummet, will be
bought by museums and theme parks, and by disabled
people (improved versions could even carry them around).
- I remember about 15 years ago when my wife and I
watched a man in an expensive suit get out of his
expensive car, took out his expensive mobile phone and
jot down the supermarket list which apparently his wife
was reading to him. "Tuna? How many?" We thought it was hilarious. Then found ourselves a few years later doing
exactly the same thing.
Within just a short time, the real kitchen aid robots will be
available, helping you see or reach for items on the top
shelf with their telescopic hands and eyes, but still
preserving some sort of "human" look. Also garage aids
that can get under the car, and use a screwdriver and
Summary: This idea is about a simple robot that does very
little, as long as it looks like a human, its a product that
will sell well.
It's even named ASIMO
Honda's bot. [RayfordSteele, Nov 10 2011]
||Asimoes are alarmingly expensive.
||On the other hand, this would make them
something of a status symbol.
||If an Asimo can keep pace with a human, it would
be simplest for it to walk three paces behind,
watching your footsteps as a guide to where to
place its own feet.
||Battery life would be an issue, though, and it
would be embarrassing if your 300kg robot simply
stopped dead in the middle of the pavement. I
guess to save your blushes you could just turn
around and say "Stay!" before walking away.
||The low battery detector could trigger a "leap" mode where it springs forward, wraps its arms round your neck and its legs round your waist and won't let go until you plug it into its charger.
||Or, equally, it could not.
||I have a perfectly functional robot, for a few hundred dollars. It vacuums my floors a few times a week.
||I design another that handles biological samples for testing.
||The term you are looking for is android, not robot, but other than as show pieces, they are not especially likely in the near future. Robots tend to be fairly purpose built machines. The human form, on the other hand, is reasonably good for high flexibility, multifunction operation. While natural language programming is getting surprisingly good, we're still a long way from turning that into something that can program itself to do a task based on generic verbal instructions.
||// //There's an ape for that.// [Marked-for-
||//a "leap" mode where it springs forward, wraps its arms round your neck//
||Made me laugh out loud. Thanks [pocmloc].
||Asimo is too complex. Something MUCH simpler, like
a redesigned UNH biped walker. It has to look like a
stick figure, NOT an android.
||Although "The Shadow Biped" robot project makes
worry that the legs must be bulky - similar to human
legs - so they'll need to be covered. I'm still quite
sure that something linear and more "mechanic" can