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Sony's New Bi-Pedal Robot

CmdrTaco posted more than 12 years ago | from the give-me-robbie-the-robot dept.

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TestBoy writes "Sony is releasing a new bipedal robot for home use. It has a 60,000 word vocabulary and can even sing songs." I am especially amused by the photograph of synchronized dancing robots, and the fact that the new bot will cost as much as a luxury car! But it has some impressive stuff like facial recognition

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Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

nazkilla (411589) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187629)

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Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3187656)

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I thought the Slashdot Janitors preferred... (-1)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187644)

A bi-sexual man-butt!

I know _I_ do!

How in the hell?? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3187580)

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yay (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3187600)

YAY

lalala (2, Funny)

Vodak (119225) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187601)

See, now if Sony can make a Playstation that sings to you when your playing that'd be awsome =]

Re:lalala (1)

Salsaman (141471) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187758)

Hey, go easy on them, they just built a 'Metal Gear' for real...

Re:lalala (2, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187775)

Yeah, "lalala", you'll be griping like Kasparov [ibm.com] when it beats you at games on your Playstation 2 and then regales you with a victory dance, "In YO face, In YO face! Recognize me!" ;)

Sony (2, Insightful)

rot26 (240034) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187606)

I sure hope all the songs it sings are properly licensed.

It's your responsibility (2, Funny)

mobydobius (237311) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187787)

and even sing once programmed with music and lyrics

It's your responsibility to make sure your robot violates no copyright laws when singing.

Every problem has an engineering solution! (2)

why-is-it (318134) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187872)

I sure hope all the songs it sings are properly licensed.

Not to worry - the ever-thinking engineers at Sony have taken that problem into consideration. Your robot will come with a credit card reader and a cell-phone so that it can charge the appropriate royalties to your card on a per-incident basis... In the event that the cell network is down, the robot is equipped with a redundant payment system: there is a coin slot so that you can make your payments on-the-spot.

Can it sing "Daisy?" (2)

1010011010 (53039) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187607)

If a robot can sing, it's gotta sing "Daisy."

Hero Jr. (2)

British (51765) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187743)

Didn't the old school HERO Jr Robot sing DAISY? It also sung about a bicycle built for 2. i borrowed a friend of mine's HERO about 10 years ago, and it couldn't go 10 feet without getting stuck on nothing, proclaming "help! help!". That robot drove the dogs nuts.

Re:Can it sing "Daisy?" (2)

TheAlmightyQ (306969) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187844)

And the transcript of it singing would go something like:

HAL: If you'd like to hear it, I can sing it for you.
Dave Bowman: Yes...I'd like to hear it HAL....Sing it for me.
HAL: It's called "Daisy" Daisy....Daisy.....Give me your answer due.....I'm half-crazy....all for the love of you....

Re:Can it sing "Daisy?" (-1)

l33t j03 (222209) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187908)

No, A Bicycle Built for Two you ignorant geek.

Word vocabulary... (-1, Offtopic)

3nd3r (560984) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187608)

n'est pas?

Re:Word vocabulary... (0)

3nd3r (560984) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187793)

Hey mod this - the post was that the robot had a 60,000 work repertoire...

Yes, it can sing... (1)

DragonPup (302885) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187609)

...but can it trash a major metropolitan area? =D

-Henry

60,000 work vocabulary (3, Funny)

wiredog (43288) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187611)

Hmmmm. So. It can do 6E4 different jobs? But can it be voice controlled? That's what I want, a robot with a 60,000 word vocabulary.

Re:60,000 work vocabulary (1)

Migx (551367) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187825)

a robot with a 60,000 word vocabulary

What you need is a robot able to expand his vocabulary by having the ability to learn "new words", with neural networks for example. That's nice. Fixed vocabularys are ... duh

A bipedal robot? Made by Sony?! (0)

NowIveSeenItAllGuy (236625) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187613)

Now I've seen it all!

But Can it sing Daisy? (1)

MrByte420 (554317) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187614)

...Or will it get jelous of your wife and axe you to complete its mission? Behold HAL!

how long before the robots.... (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187616)

start spouting off the infamous AYBABTU?

Ok, had to get it out of the way early..while we are at it:

I'm afraid I can't let you do that Dave.

Danger! Danger Will Robinson! Danger!!

Imagine a beowulf Cluster of Natalie Portman pouring hot grits over a few of these?

Any other ones I missed?

I'm going to buy one, and then... (5, Funny)

billmaly (212308) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187620)

Name it Hal. Then I'll start referring to my house as my pod. Then I'll come home everynight, and say "Open the pod bay door Hal!". Then I'll giggle insanely! It'll never ever stop being funny! :)

Re:I'm going to buy one, and then... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3187699)

That was a stretch, dude. Not very funny. Head back to the drawing table.

Re:I'm going to buy one, and then... (2, Funny)

meff (170550) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187731)

And you'll get the nearly-2-foot robot to open your door HOW?

;)

Clearly... (-1)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187777)

By "pods" he refers to his testicles. And by "pod bay doors" he means his zipper.

Auto fellatio. Mister Roboto.

It's only a moped if you pedal (-1, Offtopic)

ethereal (13958) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187621)

...and I never pedaled!

HJO (1)

Account 10 (565119) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187625)

As long as it doesn't look like Haley Joel Osment [imdb.com] I'll probably buy two.

JTT (1)

yerricde (125198) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187720)

As long as it doesn't look like Haley Joel Osment [from "A.I." (2001)] I'll probably buy two.

But what about Jonathan Taylor Thomas [imdb.com] ?

Re:JTT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3187776)

What has JTT [imdb.com] been sucking on? He has oddly coloured lips.

Re:HJO (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3187903)

If it does look like like Haley Joel Osment, JonKatz will probably buy eight!!!

Honda, too... (1)

SerialHistorian (565638) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187627)

Honda released its new robot today, too... also bipedal, but not as entertainment-y as Sony's. I can't find a photo/link at the moment.

Here's the new Honda w/ Link (5, Informative)

SerialHistorian (565638) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187663)

Ok, Here's the link to the new Honda Asimo [honda.co.jp] -- THe page is in Japanese, but the photos are good.

library robots (1)

Transient0 (175617) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187885)

Does anyone have any more information on the two entertainment robots that Mitsubishi sold to a museum according to the article?

I would be very interesting in seeing how they react in an uncontrolled environment, particularly one with six or seven screaming children trying to get the robots attention.

The demonstrations of this style of robot have been extremely impressive, but i've been waiting to see how they perform in a environment with more visual and aural noise.

Also I found the use of the terminology "bed-shaped robot" rather than "robotic bed" or even "computerized bed" interesting. I know it's FOX, but it seemed kind of science-fictiony.

Re:Honda, too... (1)

AlgUSF (238240) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187913)

I wonder if I could plug my Honda Asimo, into my Honda Civic, and just say "fsck it" to the morning commute.... :-)

Where are the USA robots? (2, Insightful)

qurob (543434) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187630)

It's nice to see this kind of development, but does it bother anyone that it's all Sony/Mitsubishi?

We've got plenty of bright people in this country, but we don't make things like this.

We can't afford to fall behind in robot development.

Re:Where are the USA robots? (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187688)

Some here [mit.edu] , here [caltech.edu] , here [cmu.edu] , and here [harvard.edu] to name a few, for a large listing try here [google.com] .

Re:Where are the USA robots? (2)

qurob (543434) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187708)

Those are great technological acheivments, but they nowhere near the Japs. It's like comparing a homebuilt PC to a G4 Mac

Re:Where are the USA robots? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3187715)

I'd rather take the home-made PC then that mac crap.

Re:Where are the USA robots? (1)

TheAlmightyQ (306969) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187898)

but they nowhere near the Japs.

Perhaps in terms of being not being in pretty packaging or commercialized. But they are just as, if not more, intelligent than the japanese robots.

Re:Where are the USA robots? (3, Insightful)

mblase (200735) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187704)

We've got plenty of bright people in this country, but we don't make things like this.

That's because rich Americans would rather spend $20,000 on a stereo that does everything, or a handheld that can drive your car, instead of a robot that sings and dances at karaoke parties.

US companies can't see the return (2)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187805)

There wouldn't be a return in cash terms within 2-3 years so they aren't going to be interested.

Re:Where are the USA robots? - No Big Deal (1)

dtabraha (557054) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187852)

It's not that big of a deal anyways, companies like SONY and Mitsubishi toss plenty of money at the US and vice versa.

International competition is great for the world economy, but you have to be careful that things don't turn out like the Japan Bashing [sfsu.edu] that still sometimes happens because of the auto industry.

Singing and Dancing? (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187631)

These are not the droids I'm looking for.

Re:Singing and Dancing? (1)

meff (170550) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187759)

I don't recall the Jawa's selling these neither.

Move along.

Re:Singing and Dancing? (1)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187798)

They must have 'Intel Inside'.

Advanced Realdoll (2, Funny)

meff (170550) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187632)

I wonder when they will merge robotic technology with the Realdoll line. Bring your dreams only made in movies to life! Or, possibly, too much life if the bitch takes over and electrocutes you ;)

playing games is part of human nature (0)

datatrash (522537) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187633)

i wonder if he can sing DeBarge's "Who's Johnny?"

Finaly! (4, Funny)

ShaniaTwain (197446) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187634)

Now I can re-enact this scene [popealien.com]

I've always wanted a pet robot, now I can feel like it's really the future.

Nothing new (1)

keep_it_simple_stupi (562690) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187638)

This is nothing new, except maybe that a company with the consumer influence of Sony is backing the project.

Go here [caltech.edu] for a list of more interesting projects...

vocabulary is rather small (-1, Flamebait)

dithi (88241) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187639)

but apparantly it is 59,999 words larger than Taco's.

Get the Expensive Ones Out of the Way Now (2, Insightful)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187658)

So they will be affordable in my lifetime.

This is just too cool. All the Asimov I read growing up and to be honest I never thought I would personally own a robot.

Sure I wont be able to afford one of these. But I can remember when my dad couldn't afford a digital watch or calculator.

The expensive, limited units today. The cheap, multifunctional units tomorrow.

This is cool!

.

Robot bed (1)

Strange_Attractor (160407) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187659)

End of the article: "Yaskawa Electric Corp... has developed a $105,000 bed-shaped robot that can help rehabilitation patients who need to strengthen their legs. "
That is a bit more practical than the Craftmatic teach-yourself-autofellatio model [craftmatic.com] that's been on TV for years.

Who cares what they can do! (1)

sup4hleet (444456) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187667)

When are they gonna make them look like Natlie Portman!!

In costume (1)

BaltoAaron (242546) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187669)

I'd only buy one if I could dress it up as Chucky and take it to parties!

ED-209 (1)

pbryan (83482) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187678)

Face recognition? Expensive? Bah, the ED-209 [angelfire.com] has all these features, and more.

next AI soccer match? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3187679)

I wonder if these will be used in the annual AI soccer match. In the past, the contest used Aibo. I guess now grad students participating in the AI soccer match might get to play with even better toys.

Looks pretty sweet and could be fun to program.

At least it doesn't look anything like Rob... (2)

dpilot (134227) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187684)

...Robin Williams. And I'll bet you thought I was going to say Roblimo. Actually, I didn't think The Bicentennial Man was *that* bad, but I just wish they'd stuck a little Susan Calvin footage in.

I got no strings to hold me down (2)

yerricde (125198) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187693)

Sony's not the only company attempting to recreate Pinocchio [imdb.com] . It'll face competition from ZMP Inc's "Pino" robot [google.com] .

Question: Who will get the Disney deal [imdb.com] first?

No Kids (1)

mobydobius (237311) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187701)

Thank God! Now I don't have to have children.

...it has some impressive stuff like facial recognition

Sadly, I'd be more impressed if it had stuff like facial hair.

Battle Bot... (4, Funny)

DeltaBlaster (300386) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187717)

Hmm.. how long will it take someone to mod one with a chainsaw and a flame thrower and use it as a battle bot? :)

Re:Battle Bot... (1)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187862)

In that top picture, it looks like it's gonna jump off and do some serious Kung-fu. Imagine a Beowolf cluster of these, beating the hell out of Keanu Reeves...Matrix Style!

60k words? (1)

Elias Ross (1260) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187724)


60k words? That's more than all the slashdot editor's vocabularies put together!

Actually, not too many people have a spoken vocabulary that large.

You don't need more than 200 words (2)

yerricde (125198) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187778)

60k words? ... not too many people have a spoken vocabulary that large.

Humans don't really need thousands of words to communicate. Some spoken languages have about 1000 words; others have fewer than 150 [tokipona.org] . Indian Sign Language has about 200 words in common use [inquiry.net] .

$1 per word (1)

Penguinoflight (517245) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187732)

60,000 words, luxury car cost == 60,000 dollars. Somehow it seems a bit high.

Oh yeah, Sony is always overpriced :-)

Yeah, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3187736)

Can it get itself back to the charging station?

Imagine the implications of this.. (2, Funny)

Ligur (453963) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187738)

for the pr0n industry! Dress it in high-heels (it could handle uneven sufaces, right?) and a corset and you have the gadget-lovers dream partner!

What we need now. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3187745)

What we need no is a WWF smack down between the Sony SDX and Honda's ASIMO [honda.co.jp] . Or at least an appearance on Robot wars.

In any case, as soon as I get my first ASIMO, I'm going to program him to kill my neighbor's Aibo, if he comes in my yard again. That little robot dog's turds have wrecked my lawn mower three times now.

Technical info (5, Informative)

LinuxTek (36519) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187750)

In this [smartmoney.com] article there's some extra technical information, like the fact that it has 2 64-bit RISC processors and runs the Apertos [sony.co.jp] Operating System (now called Aperios).

Roujin Z (2, Interesting)

tempmpi (233132) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187757)

Yaskawa Electric Corp., which supplies robots to auto assembly lines, has developed a $105,000 bed-shaped robot that can help rehabilitation patients who need to strengthen their legs.

Sounds like Roujin Z [animefu.com] to me. Roujin Z is a very funny anime by Katsuhiro Ôtomo, the director of the famous Akira. In the anime the story follows an old man in a new hightech bed, that is made to care for him. You can read a much longer review here. [haverford.edu]

"a bed-shaped robot"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3187773)

I need a bed-shaped robot when I'm having sex. Definitely.

Re:"a bed-shaped robot"? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3187811)

I need to have sex with a bed-shaped robot. Definitely.

Re:"a bed-shaped robot"? (1)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187883)

It also has 'facial' recognition.

eww.

Cool (5, Funny)

crumbz (41803) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187774)

Now it can walk my AIBO at 6:00 in the morning.

Get it for free... (1)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187784)

I will buy one, then film the Lego version of "The Day The Earth Stood Still". I will recoup my losses in just a few weeks!

George Lucas, Fear Me!

poke... poke... (1)

JiffyPop (318506) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187794)

Is it bad that the only thing I can think of that I would want to do with this robot is stand it on a table and see how hard I could poke at it without it losing its footing? ("hmmm. looks like it is more succeptible(sp) from the back-left...) What more practical use does this thing have?

Song and dance routine (1)

tykeal (36629) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187796)

I want to see one of these perform "I'm a little teepot" I think it would be great! :)

I don't want a maid... (1)

feloneous cat (564318) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187801)

That I have to reboot in the middle of vacuuming the carpet ("Shut it off! The cat is in there!").

Heh, just imagine at next years' Cebit... (5, Funny)

Salsaman (141471) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187806)

MS employee: excuse me Mr Sony exhibitor, you aren't allowed to let customers play on your Playstations, you will have to pack 'em all up and take them away !

Sony employee: ah Mr Microsoft exhibitor, allow me to introduce our latest model bipedal *hunter-killer* robot, fresh from our development labs...

Robot: is there a problem here ?

MS employee: erm, on second thoughts, just carry on as you were...

Teddy in AI (2)

C. Mattix (32747) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187810)

I just want the technology to progress to the point where I can get a "Teddy" from AI.

This is so cool! (2)

Jodrell (191685) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187813)

I can't see something as expensive as a car becoming especially popular, but it's great to think about what might evolve from these little dudes in a few years' time. Five or so years from now they'll probably be down to a few thousand dollars and ten times as intelligent. I can see them being used for things like domestic maintenance, helping the elderly and disabled, going into dangerous environments, they could even have military applications.

Plus, it's just be cool to have one in the server room to reboot boxes for us, and make coffee :-)

Re:This is so cool! (1)

radpole (39181) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187894)

Actully in five years it will be like the IBM commercial where all the servers are gone.

You walk in and there are a group of robots sitting at a table playing cards. You say, "What happened to all the servers?" One of the robots says, "We are the servers! Now close the door your letting all the cold air out. ..... and speaking of out. I fold, cause I have to compute payroll right now."

The future (2)

3ryon (415000) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187855)

Entertainment robots are fine....I'm sure I would love to have one. But the company who develops the first robot that can: do the dishes, mow the lawn, and vacuum the floor will change the world. I don't care if it can sing or not.

translation issues (1)

patmfitz (517089) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187856)

``This robot will be cost as much as one car, a luxury car,'' Doi said.
Doi also led the translation team for the robot, which utters phrases such as "now we do super happy fun time" and "all your base are belong to us".

Music industry beware (2, Funny)

Fraz (95727) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187858)

How long will it be before we have "bot bands" taking on the charts? Move over NSYNC bring on the "Backstreet Bots".

Kudos to Sony... (1)

TomRC (231027) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187859)

I have to admire a corporation as large as Sony that will invest so much and so long in a dream. They've come a long way in their anthropomorphic robots. The key to making a useful robot is as much or more in mechanical engineering as in computer science.

What they really need is an affordable non-biological equivalent of muscles. No pulleys or gears, totally silent, quick and strong and reasonably accurate and energy efficient.

Vocabulary (5, Funny)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187871)

It may have a 60000 word vocabulary, but 30000 of the words are "beedy-beedy-beedy" [imdb.com]

And the optional computer to translate for you is another $60k.

Work Vocabulary (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3187877)

I hope its "work vocabulary" is better than the spelling on this site.

I certainly hope that this robot... (1)

Mode Frozen (559419) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187890)

Doesn't have opposable thumbs... so that it cannot use things like weapons and (equally dangerous) keyboards ;)

"Oh my god! ITS GOT A GUN!"
"HAL! put the gun DOWN!"
"I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that"
...

prototype video (2)

SubtleNuance (184325) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187893)

Sony released a prototype calld SDR-3X some time ago. You can see an article of it and video here [nikkeibp.co.jp] .

Annother Article (1)

Catskul (323619) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187901)

This one is more focused on Honda's robot, and their goals. Sony, Honda battle over bots [com.com]

Something unnerving about it (1)

kvn299 (472563) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187907)

Aibo was just cute, and having four legs really made it easy to think of it as just a metal pet. However, to me this thing is a bit creepy. I don't know how well I would sleep knowing it was walking around the apartment, maybe staring at me in the darkness. Think: clown doll in Poltergeist.

Kidding aside, it really sounds amazing.

Nice blurb (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3187910)

I hate it when people don't end a sentence with the proper punctuation

they used what?? (4, Funny)

flumps (240328) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187915)

"For that, the robot has sensors on the bottom of its feet to help it walk on uneven surfaces such as carpeting and has been programmed to tumble without falling apart and then get up on its own, Doi said."
er, scuse me mr doi, but how do you program it not to fall apart when it falls over?
...
if(robot->sensor.overload && robot->falling)
{
robot->say("danger, danger, get the hell out my way!");
robot->donotfallapart = true;
}
...

hmm
:)

Like all Sony products... (1)

Negadecimal (78403) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187919)

I wonder where they put the Memory Stick slot.

Dear Santa... (1)

cmstremi (206046) | more than 12 years ago | (#3187920)

Wow! This has got to be the coolest toy in the world.

It'll be even more appealing when it can perform more intelligent tasks. Such as feeding my dog, laying out my clothes for the day, making me soup when I'm sick in bed, fetching items from across the room, ...
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