I have to admit that when I attended the University of Tokyo/Aldebaran Robotics press conference a while back I was pretty skeptical. Bringing French humanoid robots to Japan, especially introducing them into one of the leading Japanese research organizations, was a little like "carrying coals to Newcastle." What would the Japanese do with the cute NAO robots that they couldn't do with domestic humanoids?
It turns out, as you can see from the video below, I didn't have to worry. Researchers at the JSK Lab have been able to accomplish some truly amazing work, including somethings that are totally beyond my limited imagination.
For example, I never would have guessed that they would be able to develop cooperative systems where several NAO humanoids work together to conquer obstacles - like climbing stairs, or four robots working dynamically together to carry a platform with a fifth NAO robot while figuring out how to navigate to their goal.
Or, how about circus trapeze artist humanoids swinging in the air and catching each other?
Pretty impressive work. It will be interesting to see what they can come up with over the next few years.
Via: JSK -Research-