In the future, you may be able to play Simon Says with a robot. The Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) and Samsung Electronics have unveiled Mahru, a bipedal machine that uses motion-capture technology to mimic human movements in real time. When you wave your arms, he waves his arms. If you do the moonwalk, he'll do his best — at the moment, Mahru's legs lag a little.
Researchers at KIST's Cognitive Robotics Center in Seoul developed two techniques for programming and maneuvering Mahru. While the first method requires filming a person with body markers beforehand, the new real-time system, which can be seen in the video below, enables Mahru to mirror the wearer of a motion-capture suit.
In the demonstration above, the wearer's motions are recorded and transferred to Mahru, who learns them on the spot. Compliant control and force-torque sensors guide the robot's movements so that they are safe and exact.
According to Mahru's inventors, he will someday be able to perform manipulation tasks, as well as approach people and shake their hands.
We should note that earlier versions of Mahru can dance and do Taekwondo moves. You can view more videos of those party tricks at the source.
A dancing robot? Finally! A dance teacher that won't get frustrated with me! Of course, with my luck, the robot would just end up frying its own circuits.
"Taekwondo moves"!?! Here come the ninja robot assassins!
Wow that is just truly incredible.
So what was new about this?
I thought it would learn from watching a human with a camera. This is just plain and simple motion capture, without any learning what-so-ever, except remembering the exact movements for a while.
At least they got rid of the groin charger....
I've been hoping to see more development in teleoperated systems. It would be a better selling point then most people think, to have a robotic system available, so an operator could log in at a moments notice and do the work without having to travel to the work site. A maid could log into the house robotic system, clear the table, wash the dishes and go to her next assignment without leaving a central teleoperator site. A worker could operate the robotic arm on the ISS, then change over and operate a crane at the local shipping docks.
What is it with Asians and robots? I have not seen a single robotic video on this site that was created by Americans.
Come on Americans, get your butt of the chair!
(this was not meant to be racist at all)