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by   -   September 2, 2015

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Jibo may be a robot, but the last thing the team wants is for Jibo to sound like a robot. In these two video interviews, Jibo’s design team talks about how they selected Jibo’s voice, how that then manifests itself as the voice you’ll hear when you interact with Jibo, as well as the engineering challenges of Text-To-Speech (TTS) technology and how the team solved for them.

 

by and   -   August 28, 2015

Ava, android star of British indie film The Machine, is a robot to be reckoned with.

by   -   August 28, 2015

Do you like cat videos? Or maybe you prefer golden eagles hunting goats by throwing them off cliffs? Or perhaps you favor strange new life forms, recently discovered at the bottom of the Pacific? Anything that you like watching creatures do could also eventually be possible with virtual creations.

Close up, in 3D, what jumps out at you is not just how astonishing today’s humanoid robots are, but also how miraculous the human body they mimic is. National Geographic’s Robots 3D is showing in big screen, IMAX and digital cinemas throughout the world this summer. It presents an authentic and fascinating glimpse into the work of replicating some of our most challenging human characteristics.

Promotional image for Spillikin. Source: Engineered Arts

Robotics company Engineered Arts has teamed up with Pipeline Theatre for a new play, Spillikin: a love story between a robot and an elderly woman. The collaborators plan to debut their work at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world, but they need your help and have created a campaign with some exclusive robocentric rewards.

It may be low budget, but sci-fi adventure Robot Overlords is an action-packed feast full of technical prowess. Learn about the tech and VFX that made these robots so convincing on the silver screen.

A glimpse behind the scenes of sci-fi blockbuster Ex Machina, with visual effects supervisor Andrew Whitehurst.

by   -   June 25, 2015

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Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, Rise of the Robots; Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future and Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot and the Battle for the Amercan Dream – new books that have recently come to market. You may find some or all of them of interest.

Gemma Chan plays the synth Anita in Humans. Source: Channel 4
Gemma Chan plays the synth Anita in Humans. Source: Channel 4

There are two very good reasons to watch Humans, the new robot-themed drama series that premiered in the UK on Sunday. Firstly, it’s a well-made high-energy thriller with a pacy storyline, focusing on a domestic future not unlike the present –  only with robots. Secondly, it tackles the questions we should be asking about that future.

iPetCompanioniPetCompanion have developed telepresence technology that allows you to manipulate toys so you can play with your pets while you’re away. The team has installed the system in hospitals and animal shelters to connect sick kids to homeless pets in need of interaction. Now they are crowdfunding on Kickstarter to bring a consumer version into people’s homes. 

by and   -   May 21, 2015

While robots are being deployed in factories at a high pace, their presence on construction sites is close to nil. However, there are many architectural robotics research projects in academia, and during this decade they will surely start to appear in real-life construction. What will these robots look like?

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In this video lecture, Massimiliano Zecca from the Healthcare Technology and Head of the Healthcare Technology group at Loughborough University discusses emotional robotics, musical robotics and wearable bio-instrumentation. He centers his research on robotic systems and technologies that assist those in need due to advanced age or illness.

When most people think of AI getting out of control, they almost always point to Terminator or HAL. In ‘Transcendance,’ Johnny Depp, plays Dr. Will Caster, whose work in AI creates PINN, (physically independent neural network), the core of which is used to create a transcendent Caster after he dies of radioactive poisoning from a terrorist group.

by   -   April 28, 2015
Baymax, Chris Atkeson and Hiro from Disney's Big Hero 6. Source: Chris Atkeson
Baymax, Chris Atkeson and Hiro from Disney’s Big Hero 6. Source: Chris Atkeson

Baymax, the lovable, inflatable robot star of Disney’s recent hit, Big Hero 6, is far from a movie fantasy. With their soft cushiony bodies, robots like Baymax have very real prospects as future care-givers, space-travellers and more. Robohub’s Helmut Hauser spoke to the man who inspired Baymax – Chris Atkeson, Professor of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University – about the hard science behind soft robotics.

by   -   April 16, 2015

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Underwater Dreams is a documentary that follows a team of undocumented students from an Arizona high school and shows their perseverance and ingenuity to win a NASA- and ONR-sponsored underwater robotics competition. President Obama filmed a 1-minute introduction to the documentary and hosted a screening at the White House to a group of 100 students during National Robotics Week.

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