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Humanoid Robot HR-2

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the bip-bip-bip-bork-bork-bip dept.

Robotics 239

Denix writes "The HR-2 humanoid robot was constructed during a period of three months at Chalmers University in Sweden. It has 22 degrees of freedom which enables it to easily move around imitating human motions. The robot is also equipped with stereovision giving it possibilities to perform hand-eye coordination. For that task an artificial neural network is evolved. Furthermore, the artificial brain is capable of tracking faces as well as recognising them. The HR-2 is also able to speak. The website also contains a movie (35.5 MB) of the HR-2 in action."

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FP (-1, Troll)

napalmsandwich (900537) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110765)

FROST PIST GNAA!!!!!!!!!!!!

How nice of you.... (-1, Redundant)

NEOtaku17 (679902) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110766)

Yeah real nice guys...Link directly to the movie hosted on their main page. Could someone throw up a torrent please?

Re:How nice of you.... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110792)

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Editors responded to the attack by adjusting the "lameness filter" and moderating the crapflood comments to -1. Some have suggested that this attack may reignite the debate on the proposed permanent disabling of anonymous posting on Slashdot.

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Re:How nice of you.... (2, Funny)

Mad Merlin (837387) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110879)

Gotta love first posts that somehow get moderated "Redundant"...

Re:How nice of you.... (1)

ZephyrXero (750822) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111044)

Until then, just use Mirrordot [mirrordot.org] . Although, one could argue that this guy wasn't really thinking things through by not posting it as a torrent to begin with... Of course someone's gonna post a cool ass robot like that all over the net!

Re:How nice of you.... (3, Informative)

d2ksla (89385) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111045)

Actually, it'll be interesting to see how the server holds up. The Chalmers U. network (http://www.cdg.chalmers.se/Natverk/chalmers_bbng. gif [chalmers.se] ) isn't too shabby with Gigabit Ethernet internally, and a 15 GBit/s Internet link (http://www.nordu.net/maps/map_nordunet.png [nordu.net] ).

Re:How nice of you.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13111117)

Who's this General Internet and why's he floating over the Ireland :/

well - see the stats... (1)

lixlpixel (747466) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111172)


the netstat stats [nedstatbasic.net] - see the server scream

fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110767)

fp

lolllllll (-1, Troll)

Dragoonkain (704719) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110771)

heeheheh i love lol
the sweet sexy lollll

why do i love it? hell i cant explain it

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My beauty.. [hai2u.com]

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Re:lolllllll (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110882)

OK, that pic is turning me on.

MOD PARENT UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110885)

His website has lots of info on these specific humanoid robots.

Obligatory comment (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110775)

Can it run Linux?

Re:Obligatory comment (1)

ZephyrXero (750822) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111099)

It appears he's running Windows for image recognition in the video, so probably not :(

torrent test (5, Informative)

Spy Hunter (317220) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110777)

Re:torrent test (1)

Spy Hunter (317220) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110826)

Hm, I'm not seeing any uploading happening on my end. Is anybody trying it?

Re:torrent test (1)

XanC (644172) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110839)

I think we're all trying to figure out Python errors upon installing the .deb...

Re:torrent test (1)

XanC (644172) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110849)

Okay, btdownloadcurses.py says status is "downloading", but it apparently sees no peers or seeds, and isn't actually doing anything. :-(

Re:torrent test (1)

Spy Hunter (317220) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110918)

That sucks. Do trackerless torrents not work? I wondered why I hadn't seen any posted anywhere. I thought it was Bram Cohen's full-time job now to work on this stuff?

Re:torrent test (1)

XanC (644172) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110941)

Seems to be the same story here... The machine I'm using is connected directly to the Internet, so there aren't any firewall issues. It just doesn't find anybody else with the file.

Re:torrent test (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13111001)

i'm gonna be on a 10 day pre-deployment field op, so shoot me an email when you find the answer so I can read up on that when I get back. thx

Re:torrent test (0, Flamebait)

Paska (801395) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110831)

Come on this is Slashdot, you just can't link directly to an Windows executable and get away with it.

Here is the link real people should be using: BitTorrent_OSX_4.1.2.dmg [bittorrent.com]

Re:torrent test (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110854)

Or you could look at it as a compliment. Only the Windows users need to be told where to find BitTorrent...

Re:torrent test (1)

Spy Hunter (317220) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110930)

OK, that one didn't seem to work. Try this one instead [filecloud.com] . I've put myself as a network seed in addition to router.bittorrent.com, which I suspect is down. However, this means that once I drop out of the swarm, other people won't join unless they are already a part of the global network. Tracking duties will still be shared, we'll see if this one works.

Re:torrent test (1)

XanC (644172) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110959)

Oops, posted on the wrong part of the thread.

Seems to be the same story here... The machine I'm using is connected directly to the Internet, so there aren't any firewall issues. It just doesn't find anybody else with the file.

Re:torrent test (1)

Spy Hunter (317220) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111014)

Well, thanks for testing anyway. Guess it doesn't work. Maybe I'll shoot Bram an email asking why.

Re:torrent test (2, Informative)

paul248 (536459) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111061)

Does mine work? [purdue.edu]

Re:torrent test (1)

Spy Hunter (317220) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111115)

Doesn't appear to, sorry. I'm looking at Ethereal and I see very little traffic that might be part of a distributed hash table. I'm thinking that BitTorrent is having trouble connecting to the P2P network that is supposed to do the tracking; perhaps the canonical seed nodes are down right now.

Re:torrent test (1)

paul248 (536459) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111135)

Mine's uploading now! Hello there, 24.19.25.*. Sorry it's only 40KB/sec.

Re:torrent test (1)

paul248 (536459) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111144)

Now I see 68.2.241.* also.

Maybe so, but... (3, Funny)

jpiggot (800494) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110783)

"It has 22 degrees of freedom" Yes, but if the Republican controlled Senate passes the legislation it wants, they'll be able to cut it down to just nine degrees of freedom. Take that, you godless humanoid robot !!"

Small Size (0)

Jeet81 (613099) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110793)

I was expecting it to be adult size like the Honda robot but this one is pretty small.

Quantum Consciousness, Not Size, Counts (3, Interesting)

reporter (666905) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110908)

The Swedes have done a terrific job. The next step is to construct microtubes that can use quantum states to "perform" consciousness. The Penrose-Hameroff Model [quantumconsciousness.org] explains how quantum states provide the basis of consciousness.

If the Swedes can integrate the microtubes into the neural network controlling this robot, then the Swedes will achieve a sentient cybernetic device. Such an achievement would qualify for a Nobel Prize in physics.

"Impressive. Most Impressive." utters a human-machine hybrid in Star War V.

Re:Small Size (1)

paul248 (536459) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110999)

Honda's ASIMO robot isn't "adult size"... it's only about 4 feet [vnexpress.net] tall.

Re:Small Size (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13111047)

You obviously aren't asian.

MOD THIS UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13111189)

teh funny - sorry (no racism - just humour...)

Re:Small Size (1)

ZephyrXero (750822) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111112)

Makes me think of Sumomo [hurtstothink.com]

I, for one... (0)

mvdw (613057) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110795)

Welcome our humanoid overlords.

Didn't need the karma, anyway...

Re:I, for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13111111)

Oh! Oh! Enslave me! Enslave me!

Re:I, for one... (1)

Parelius (892100) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111154)

Let's just hope the humanoid is not hosting their website, if so the poor guy is having one helluva headache right now!

Lets see.... (0, Redundant)

IRIGHTI (831307) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110800)

I'll take 7.

Re:Lets see.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110953)

I prefer 7 of 9...

Re:Lets see.... (1)

Max_Wells_SH (863873) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111131)

You can keep them. Maybe you missed the motion demo where the robot twists its right arm around, spreads its arms, and then STAB STAB! (Complete with psycho servo sounds.) Actually, maybe with some solid loyalty that could be combined with the target following and hand-eye coordination: the perfect pocket solution to any idiot with a laser pointer. "HR-2, I choose you!" *Fling* *stab stab stab* etc. Perfect for movies or meetings.

Awesome! (5, Insightful)

MindNumbingOblivion (668443) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110801)

Now I know where to go to get my armies of mechanical death.

::CACKLE CACKLE LIGHTNING CACKLE BRRZZT COUGH COUGH::

In seriousness, is there a reason for trying to build a bipedal, humanoid, robot? I mean, this looks cool and all, but what are the advantages (or conversely, disadvantages) to such a design (IANSC [I Am Not Susan Calvin])?

Re:Awesome! (4, Insightful)

JanneM (7445) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110869)

In seriousness, is there a reason for trying to build a bipedal, humanoid, robot? I mean, this looks cool and all, but what are the advantages (or conversely, disadvantages) to such a design (IANSC [I Am Not Susan Calvin])?

We have buit our entire environment for bipedal movement. Just ask anybody with a walker or wheelchair just how inconvenient (and, without help, occasionally impossible) it is to get around when you're no longer bipedal.

Also, the question of just how we manage to walk, run, climb and so on is interesting in itself. And there's no better way to test ideas than to try them out in reality.

Re:Awesome! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110961)

fuck you you fucking swedish fucker

Re:Awesome! (1)

JPriest (547211) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111011)

Cool, you can start a company selling bipedal cars, bicycles, skateboards, wheelchairs, and roller blades since it is so much better. Profit!

Why not instead make the robot do something useful instead of "hey look, just $3,000 in parts later and it walks almost 2 MPH!"

Real progress will be made only after people stop trying to build a human from machine parts and focus more on usefull applications.

Re:Awesome! (2, Insightful)

CurlyG (8268) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111170)

Robots have been used all over the place in industry for 20 or more years.

Your statement that "Real progress will be made only after people stop trying to build a human from machine parts and focus more on usefull applications." is just silly. It's not like huge resources are being poured into making humanoid robots. (Nobody is trying to make a 'human from machine parts' - that's a very odd idea, and I suspect gives an insight into your objection to this sort of work.)

I would also suggest to you that there are very few skateboards, bicycles and rollerblades that aren't designed for bipedal use! Just how do you propel yourself when you're cycling, skating or rollerblading?

Re:Awesome! (5, Insightful)

JanneM (7445) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111184)

Real progress will be made only after people stop trying to build a human from machine parts and focus more on usefull applications.

Hard to build useful applications before you know how to make it walk safely, consistently and energy efficiently on at least a reasonable subset of human-constructed terrain types.

I'm always astounded by all the backseat drivers of the world who always know so much better what people should do, without ever feeling the need to do it themselves. Since you want useful applications, go to it. Nothing is stopping you. If you're right that applications is the best focus, you'll undoubtedly eclipse these pitiful, wasteful efforts.

Re:Awesome! (1)

BFaucet (635036) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110886)

We have constructed a world optimized for 5.5' tall bipedal organisms with hands and arms.

If we can build a robot that can move like humans, it will be very versitile and will function well in most environments where humans dwell.

... that and it's pretty friggin' cool!

Just mimicking evolution (1)

Wrexs0ul (515885) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110967)

It's probably not the best solution, but it's a machine theoretically capable of going anywhere a human could go, doing anything a human could do. Practical value is a machine that can access areas otherwise harmful to humans, but designed at a time when only humans could operate the controls... and boy are there a surprising number of those.

This also ties in with evolution; humans are by far not the fastest runners, best swimmers, or even half-decent flyers. We do however have body that's multi-functional: we run ok, we climb ok, we've got great precision with our hands. Copying organic constructs helps with design because there's thousands of years of failed evolutionary ideas we don't have to try first (or we're looking to God's creations for ideas depending on your beliefs).

Oh, and I've been watching original BSG: we need human-shaped robots to fulfill their destiny as man's conqueror.

-Matt

Re:Awesome! (1)

pintpusher (854001) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111008)

seems to be a good generalized form that can perform a wide variety of tasks with or without specialized tools.

try getting an auto-plant welding-bot to weed your garden for you....

make for great fireworks, but not much in the way of produce....

Re:Awesome! (2, Interesting)

EMIce (30092) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111118)

A bipedal robot with stereoscopic vision and so many degrees of freedom could potentially perform some complex tasks that traditional robots have been laughed at for trying.

Robots are often clumsy, and a big reason for this is inadequate sensory ability. Robots are already good at responding very precisely with their limbs, because they have a computer model of how their limbs react and can sense how they are presently positioned, at least with respect to the robot itself. But clumsiness becomes a factor when limbs must be positioned with respect to outside objects - this requires recognition.

The big deal is that processor technology is getting to the point where a robot can analyze high bandwidth sources like video in real-time, for use as feedback for its limbs, or whatever else it may control. With stereoscopic vision the robot could constantly refactor it's movement based on analyses of video, so it could say, go into the garage and roll out the garbage while avoiding obstacles. Or how about the watering plants? Or returning scattered items to their pre-defined places? Wiping down the kitchen counter? Doing laundry? Robots will play a big role in our future, for better or worse. The market will find them hard to resist once they actually become useful.

Fast digital signal processors will play a role in this, not unlike the 7 SPEs found in the Sony/IBM CELL processor. Fast, commoditized (read: cheap) DSPs for this sort of application haven't been available, and that will soon be changing. I suspect PS3 games will use those vector processing units for responding to and learning from high bandwidth inputs like audio, video, or even EEG data to sense states of mind. I mean they called the thing the CELL after all. Likely because of it's seemingly organic response to stimuli.

Chalmers University (2, Funny)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110807)

Sorry I gotta

SKINNNER!!!! /ob simpsons

Re:Chalmers University (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13111055)

"Hi, Principal Skinner! Hi, Super Nintendo Chalmers!

Hi SuperNintendo Chalmers (1)

pchan- (118053) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111076)

Principal Skinner: Oh, well, that was wonderful. A good time was had by all; i'm pooped.
Superintendent Chalmers: Yes, I should be -- Good Lord! What is happening in there?
Skinner: Aurora Borealis.
Chalmers: Aurora Borealis? At this time of year, at this time of the day, in this part of the country, localized entirely in your kitchen?
Skinner: Yes.
Chalmers: May i see it?
Skinner: No.
Agnes Skinner: Seymour, the house is on fire!
Skinner: No, Mother, it's just the Northern Lights

Cute (1)

under_score (65824) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110808)

Not exactly a ton of info on the site, but it is a very cute robot. Much smaller than I expected. I don't work in robotics, so it is cool and suprising to see how small actuators must be to enable this sort of machine.

Typical slashdotter! (5, Funny)

piecewise (169377) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110863)

Geez. What ROBOT is cute?? What about the woman in the video! SHE'S cute! Get your act together.

Re:Typical slashdotter! (1)

dirtsurfer (595452) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111066)

Well if the video file wasn't slashdotted before, it definitely will be now.

Re:Typical slashdotter! (2, Funny)

d474 (695126) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111139)

"Geez. What ROBOT is cute?? What about the woman in the video! SHE'S cute! Get your act together."
Yeah! What is that guy, some kind of electrosexual? I saw him eyeballin' that little robot's range of motion...sicko.

When can we buy it? (5, Funny)

j79 (875929) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110816)

Awww...the thing is so freakin' cute!

Of course, if it was 6ft tall, I'd be saying something along the lines of, "I for one welcome our new robot overlords..."

Re:When can we buy it? (1)

keepright (897691) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110848)

I agree it is very cute. If it was 6ft tall it could replace my girl friend. Its just functional enough to wash dishes but dumb enough to have an off switch.

Re:When can we buy it? (1)

Mozk (844858) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110872)

I agree. When I looked at the pictures I started laughing 'cause it looks so cool! After watching the video I have to say that this is about the coolest thing I have ever seen. I want one!

Volvos (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111028)

Of course, if it was 6ft tall, I'd be saying something along the lines of, "I for one welcome our new robot overlords..."

Wouldn't it be terribly ironic if the country that brought the world Volvos, ended up bringing us killer robots as well?

They can't fool me. I saw that "smash the inferior human's head" manuever it did early on in the clip!

Re:Volvos (1)

O.W.M (884392) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111161)

Well, actually the robot was constructed to help people with the, until now, almost impossible task of putting together furniture from flat packages [ikea.com] .

HR-2, I need you to tell me (4, Funny)

AEton (654737) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110819)

What happened to HR-1?
I'm sorry, my responses are limited. You must ask me the right questions. ...plot, "nice shoes", ...

Is HR-1 standing right behind me with a sledgehammer, awaiting your orders to kill me?
Ah. Now you are asking the right questions!

Re:HR-2, I need you to tell me (1)

ValiantSoul (801152) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110998)

That was a holograph programmed by Lanning before he died and he only gave it certain responses - this is a robot.

Please Reply (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110821)

Dear Sir,

I read your article about a humanoid robot with interest. I am eagerly downloading your movie now.

Please advise where I can purchase this excellent device. I am seeking a model which is at least 2.5 metres tall. If you have a submachine-gun attachment, that will be even better. Please send details of options and available colours.

I dunno.. (5, Funny)

badfrog (45310) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110825)

Doesn't look like it has the weight distribution to fetch me a beer.

Re:I dunno.. (3, Funny)

stoph ct (899877) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110851)

It doesn't look like it could climb over a beer!

I'll take the 30 meters tall version, ala Power Rangers.

Re:I dunno.. (1)

Alien Being (18488) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111023)

You have to ask for two at a time. It's not a bug.

Re:I dunno.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13111094)

Based it it's walking I think it sampled a few beers. Nothing worse than a drunk robot. Wait'll they start driving. Can't even run a breathalizer on the sneaky little critters. Can't even tell them to touch their nose. All the cops are left with is walking the white line. They'll probably cheat and use a tracking laser. Just can't trust a drunk robot!

Can you say... NIGHTMARES??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110833)

That robot's face is FREAKY!

Forget the robot.... (5, Informative)

d474 (695126) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110837)

I was more impressed with that hot European chick "playing" with the robot. He's all "show me your move", she moves the object up and down, and then little robot starts a movement closly resembleing masturbation. OMG LOL!!! It was even funnier because that girl is so cute....

Obligatory (1, Funny)

jmking1 (899043) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110856)

I, for one, welcome our new European chick overlords.

Humanoid vs task-specific robots (5, Interesting)

Arpie (414285) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110860)

Sure, as a geek I love the idea of humanoid robots, but in practice how useful can they be?

Aren't in most situations robots designed specifically for one task (or a small group of tasks) better?

My Roomba robot vacuum broke a few weeks ago and it took 2-3 weeks to be replaced. If that same robot also washed my clothes, did my dishes and cooked my food, I'd have been in bad shape.

[end serious post]

[start joke]
Come to think of it though, I'd definetly spend serious money on a robot that vacuums the floor, washes clothes, does the dishes and cooks... and does not demand attention, new clothes, a wedding... Heck, let's go make these humanoid robots already! And, of course, they'll need some specific, er... anatomic, parts and capabilites. And they absolutely must have an off and mute switches.

I can help you (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110914)

Hi ! Well, when you fat doughnut eating, Fox loving, stupid ignorant fuckwit Americans blindly vote in Arnold Schwarzeihateniggers as your president in 2008 or whenever it is he will build you an army of robots to wipe out the Middle East. Then America can be safe and secure and uphold wholesome values in their protected DRM bubble. You wont have a constitution anymore but it will be for your own good and you will feel 'safer'. As long as their is no dissent toward President Schwarzeihateniggers that is. Or you will be carted off to Gitmo and tortured and then terminated.

best regards

Re:I can help you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13111019)

you do realize he's not a natural born citizen and consequently cannot run for PotUS, right?

Re:I can help you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13111127)

That won't stop him. [arnoldexposed.com]

Re:Humanoid vs task-specific robots (1)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111054)

The more a robot must interface with regular humans (i.e., not anyone maintaining them), the more humanoid it should be.

Re:Humanoid vs task-specific robots (2, Insightful)

Beolach (518512) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111059)

Isaac Asimov made several arguments in favor of humanoid robots over task-specific robots. Your "joke" is actually one of them, a humanoid robot would be more versatile, and capable of performing a wider variety of tasks, than a task-specific robot. In theory, a completely humanoid robot would be capable of doing everything a human can do.

However, while that argument does have merit, by itself I don't think it's enough to mean that humanoid robots should be developed rather than task-specific robots. What I think is more important to consider is the cost to develop and produce humanoid robots versus task-specific robots. Asimov started writing about robots before computers really started taking off, and so the AI for his robots comes from a fictional device called a "positronic brain" (which, by the way, Star Trek borrowed for Data). In Asimov's stories, the positronic brain was the most expensive (and important) part of a robot, and so it was cheaper to install the positronic brain in a humanoid form, where it would be most versatile, than in a form specialized for one task. But that aspect of Asimov's stories may not accurately reflect reality. In reality, computers and software would be the source of a robots AI, and in reality it is much simpler (and therefore cheaper) to develop & produce computers and software that is specialized for one task.

Which really, is what I find most impressive about this HR-2. In the video, they show it imitating human behavior, playing a game where the human holds a block and moves it up and down, and then the robot holds a block and moves it up and down. If the robot was simply programmed to move the block up and down, no big deal, that's not tough to do. But my impression is that it wasn't programmed to do that specific task, but rather it was programmed to be capable of analyzing what the human was doing, and then to imitate that. Which is very impressive to me.

Re:Humanoid vs task-specific robots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13111071)

Would you rather have a CPU that does just one task really well, or a CPU that doesn't do those tasks as well, but is turing complete?

Mirrored at (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110865)

PlanetMirror [planetmirror.com]

Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110867)

but can it give handjobs?

Re:Great (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110883)

you must have a really tiny penis if you're expecting that thing to give you a handjob.

HR-1's Fate (1)

most_unique_name (901148) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110875)

After failing to appear in Terminator 3, HR-1 was forced to work for the family to raise money for HR-2 in preparation of Terminator 4...

Sorry, no bittorrent available for video on http://www.hr1fate.com/ [slashdot.org]

Looks a lot like the Kondo KHR-1 (5, Informative)

thzinc (679235) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110893)

This looks a lot like the Kondo KHR-1 [robotshop.ca] mentioned a while ago [slashdot.org] here, but a bit more advanced. Looks like some pretty nice enhancements, though, I do agree with a lot of other /.'ers in that I would like more information.

What the hell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110912)

22 degrees of freedom? What additional dimensions is it rotating/translating into?

Also, why would I want a humanoid robot capable of tracking feces? With hand-eye coordination?

This is a little more advanced (4, Interesting)

Sheetrock (152993) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110924)

Than the one I saw at a Japanese facility, which had no adaptive neural network. However, it was capable of voice- and image-recognition, which helped it perform the following tasks:
  • Dispense coffee, refilling when empty
  • Pick up and deliver print job from the company printer
  • Write simple routines, such as C++ class templates, and fix broken HTML pages
  • Greet visitors and direct them to the appropriate department if expected
  • Allowed customers to choose from a number of top music artists, expelling a shrink-wrapped disc and playing the most popular song off the album as it danced around
  • Stack and unstack a series of boxes by color
  • Empty garbage, albeit into a pile that was then shovelled into a dumpster
In a way, I think the 'intelligence' behind these robots is more than enough; now it's time to find practical uses for them.

HR != Human Resources (2, Funny)

SpikyTux (524666) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110944)

As long as HR doesn't mean Human Resources. As if the current HR isn't bad enough.

So how long before... (1)

StarkRG (888216) | more than 9 years ago | (#13110960)

...it comes in an anatomically correct female form? I mean, isn't all technology for the sake of sex or sex-like sensations? That's what the internet's for after all... All this web board/blog/research stuff that people do is just a side effect...

Everybody knows Sweden INVENTED robots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13110986)

They invented EVERYTHING [freespaces.com]

In Soviet Russia... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13111015)

Human imitates Robot.

22 degrees of freedom... (1)

mattkime (8466) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111077)

...and still a slave to the humans.

*sigh*

Not quite so small (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13111097)

It's not quite so small. From the looks of it there is no processing power in that robot. Looks like it's being run via cable from a SUN box.

the girl (0, Redundant)

daevux (626542) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111104)

Am I the only one that thinks the girl in the video (face rec and imitation scenes) is cute?

Re:the girl (2, Funny)

game kid (805301) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111130)

Absolutely not. I concur with your perception of hotness.

I'd imitate her anytime.

Hi Tiny!! (1)

mbrewthx (693182) | more than 9 years ago | (#13111185)

Aren't you a little short for a protocol droid???

This reminded me of the Episode 3 video game on the X-box. My son likes playing with a cheat code that makes the BAttle droids appear to be only 8" tall.
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