February 4, 2012
iRobot | iRobot Ava™ is a breakthrough mobile robotics platform developed to help robot designers, application developers and market innovation specialists expedite the pursuit of practical, affordable mobile robotic solutions.
Autonomous navigation for independent, proactive point-to-point navigation. The right balance of features and robustness integrated in meaningful and productive ways. A highly accessible development platform for business or consumer applications. Comprehensive sensor arrays (laser, sonar, and 2D/3Dimaging) providing complete… read more
Video Source: iRobot
October 16, 2012
Iuro, or Interactive Urban Robot, has 21 actuators inside its head, giving it fully controllable eyes, eyelids, eyebrows, lips, ears, and mouth. Stereo cameras above the eyes and a Kinect sensor in the chest help Iuro to interact with humans it runs into on the street, interpreting speech and gestures to enable it to find its way from place to place without using maps or GPS.
The overall… read more
Video Source: Interactive Urban Robot Project
March 25, 2013
Actroid-SIT, a lifelike robot from Japanese firm Kokoro can function autonomously, talking and gesturing while interacting with people. Researchers are teaching the robot to handle interruptions and address crowds.
Video Source: IEEE Spectrum
October 24, 2010
Japanese robot girl “HRP-C4,” created at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), danced and sang a pop song on stage at the Digital Content Expo 2010. The android has come a long way since her debut in March 2009. Wikipedia says: “The robot is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 95 pounds, including battery. Its shape and joints are based on the 1997–1998 Japanese… read more
Video Source: Digital Content Expo 2010, Japan’s AIST
AIST Intelligent Systems Group: Humanoid Robotics Group
Digital Content Expo 2010
Japanese Body Dimension Database 1997-1998: anthropomorphic test dummy project
September 28, 2010
Japanese scientists have unveiled a new humanoid walking robot, northeast of Tokyo. Demands are growing for socially useful robots, such as those for caring for the elderly and the sick.
Video Source: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
The HRP-4C humanoid robot
December 2, 2012
Jason Silva | This video maps out Kurzweil’s Six Epochs of Evolution showing the exponential progression in the way the universe stores and processes information. What we see is a bootstrapping recursive complexification leading us towards some kind of intelligence singularity. Created for educational purposes only and non-commercial use by Jason Silva.
Shot by @JasonSilva
Edited by Dan McComb
Music by Nicholas Cotton
Images by Shutterstock and ImaginaryFoundation.com
Shot… read more
August 28, 2012
Trailer of a documentary about the science and philosophy of the longevity movement, and the scientists making science fiction a reality. The film is by Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado.
Video Source: Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado
August 6, 2013
Philosopher John Searle lays out the case for studying human consciousness — and systematically shoots down some of the common objections to taking it seriously. As we learn more about the brain processes that cause awareness, accepting that consciousness is a biological phenomenon is an important first step. And no, he says, consciousness is not a massive computer simulation. (Filmed at TEDxCERN.)
Video Source: TED
July 10, 2012
Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment — and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way.
Video Source: TED
Japanese roboticts at Chiba University have taught one of their robots to repeatedly juggle two balls at once with an incredibly lifelike motion. This high-speed hand and arm combination is coupled to an even higher speed vision system.
Video Source: IEEE Spectrum
Keiichi Matsuda | Augmented City 3D — an artist’s concept of embedded, real time augmented reality.
The architecture of the contemporary city is no longer simply about the physical space of buildings and landscape, more and more it is about the synthetic spaces created by the digital information that we collect, consume and organize.
An immersive interface may become as much part of the world we inhabit as… read more