We don't know about you, but we definitely find it hard to get our mind around spatial concepts, and we've never been able to just glance at a table of numbers or a spreadsheet and immediately make sense of it. So, when we tackle a project like building and programming a bipedal robot, we find it extremely helpful to construct a mental model.
This may come as somewhat of a shock, but it's pretty apparent that most people, including ourselves, really don't know how to walk. As infants we try our best, struggle a lot, fall down a lot, and try our best to copy what we see others doing. Sooner or later we manage to stand erect and start moving around on two legs. Once we reach the point were we don't have to consciously think about walking, then we stop learning. So, when it comes time for us to teach our robots how to walk we tend to get really frustrated at how difficult the 'simple' task really is.
Many of us dream about chucking our "day jobs" and starting a business that would allow us to focus all of our time and energy on something we really love - something we have a deep, deep passion for. For most of us, it's just a dream. But Yuki Nakagawa decided to stop just dreaming. She, and her group, gave up their "day jobs", and have committed all their time and energy to making RT Corporation the leading robot school in Japan, and eventually perhaps the world.
’Making A Robot Dream A Reality – RT Corporation’ continues
The Robosapien V2 robot has been shipping for about six weeks now – long enough for some problems to start cropping up, and for users to experience some difficulties. Thankfully, WowWee seems to be paying attention to all the customer feedback. They created and posted an extensive troubleshooting guide on the V2 website.
’Robosapien V2 Troubleshooting Manual’ continues
Halloween evening, 1998. A robot named Toh-Loo-Ka experiences what appears to be a sudden mental and physical breakdown followed quickly by its totally unexpected death. Toh-Loo-Ka is only three days old. The authorities call for a full autopsy. The results are shocking. . .
’Robot Autopsy’ continues