Don't worry about robots replacing humans on the soccer field. There's a much more preeminent threat. Dancers are about to be replaced by their android counterparts.
Wataru Yoshizaki is, without a doubt, an absolute wizard at real time control systems for humanoid robotics. I've been impressed by a lot of his work over the past couple years, especially his V-Sido robot control application.
Now he's raised the bar even higher. By expanding on the already impressive V-Sido functionality he's able to capture choreography by dancers and translate that into realistic humanoid robot movements that don't miss a beat.
Here's his latest video featuring several of the RIC series humanoid robots developed by RT Corp:
The dance choreography data is from Perfume, one of the top Techno-Dance groups in Japan. They've taken the unusual, and very welcome, approach of making the motion capture data of their performance freely available for download via their website (with certain usage restrictions.)
Via: V-Sido Website
Sublime (Brad) at Tantillus.org printed a fully functional hobby lathe using PLA plastic capable of cutting metal parts. Each of the parts necessary to build the lathe was small enough that they could be produced on an affordable 3D printer within the budget of most robot hobbyists.
The lathe design was the result of contributions from many people, though Sublime added his own touches/improvements. The surprising thing for me was that it is definitely possible to bootstrap from a low-cost 3D printer to create other tools that most robot hobbyists want for their home workshops.
I'll be posting more about Sublime's work and the creation of the Tantillus 3D printer in subsequent videos.
I just added John Long's new book, "Darwin's Devices" to my reading list. Long serves as the director of Vassar College's Interdisciplinary Robotics Research Laboratory and is also a professor at the same institution focusing on cognitive science and biology.
Surfing the web, I ran across some recommendations and reviews of Long's book, and the subtitle, "What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology", immediately caught my attention.
Long's unique approach has been described as:
… he creates robots that look and behave like extinct animals, subjects them to evolutionary pressures, lets them compete for mates and resources, and mutates their ‘genes’. In short, he lets robots play the game of life.
Here's the author being interviewed about his new book:
Rich Brown at CNET provides a good overview, including covering some of the tradeoffs and purchase/implementation considerations, of the MakerBot Replicator 3D printer.
Brown's overview doesn't contain anything surprising or new for people already involved in the 3D printing movement, it will be quite useful for those looking to purchase or build their first printer.
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Johnny 5 and RoboSapien learn the First Law of Robotics - "Get Down!" in their latest music video from IceBlockFilms. Any resemblance to The Beastie Boys is purely intentional.
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Shelly Palmer is introduced to the Aldebaran NAO humanoid robot by Intel, and gets some insight into how it is expected to improve and enhance human quality of life.