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May 23, 2007

MIT Leonardo Robot

at 5:57 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks

What looks to be a cute bear is more that meets the eye. This MIT Leonardo Robot packs some serious computing power.
Watch some videos of it in action, Video 1, Video 2, Video 3.

“Rather than requiring people to learn a new form of communication to interact with robots or to teach them, our research concerns developing robots that are natural for people to teach and collaborate with. In contrast to many statistical learning approaches that require hundreds or thousands of trials or labeled examples to train the system, our goal is for robots to quickly learn new skills and tasks from natural human instruction and few demonstrations. Once a task is learned, the robot should then be competent in its ability to provide assistance; understanding how to perform the task as well as how to perform it in partnership with a human. Leonardo has 61 degrees of freedom — 32 of those are in the face alone. As a result, Leonardo is capable of near-human facial expression.”