Robot baby learns how to crawl then walk then take over the world and grind humanity under its boot

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Robot baby learns how to crawl then walk then take over the world and grind humanity under its boot

(OK the last one was an bit exaggerated) A team of researchers in Osaka, looking to learn more about the mechanisms involved with infant development, publicly presented a robot on March 3rd that is designed after human babies. The robot named the M3-neony has learned to crawl on all fours, among other child-like capabilities.

Weighing 3.5 kilograms, and 50 centimetres from head to toe, M3-neony has software that can experiment randomly with its 22 "muscles" to learn the consequences of its actions and build up coordinated patterns of movement.

The robot's body has 90 touch sensors, twin microphone "ears", cameras, and acceleration and gyro sensors. They allow the robot to connect the signals sent to its muscles with the consequences of its movements.

The M3-neony has been under development since 2005 by a team at Osaka University, under the leadership of Professor Minoru Asada, and in conjunction with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

According to a press release by the JST, the M3-neony has learned movements, such as rolling over, crawling, and using objects to help it stand up, through “body babbling” – a technique where the robot acquires body parts control through initially random movements.

The M3-neony name was originated from the combination of the words [WO]MAN MADE [WO]MAN and neonate, a word that refers to a newborn baby. As the name suggests, the robot is designed to look and to function like a human infant. It has a height of approximately 50cm (~20 inches), and weights about 3.5kg (7.7 lbs).

The M3-neony has a head, torso, two arms and two legs. The entire body contains 22 separate motors for movement. The head has two cameras for eyes and two microphones for ears. The torso contains a two-axis gyro and a three-axis accelerometer for balance and posture. The M3-neony also has 90 sensors under its robotic skin to detect touch. If someone places a finger or hand on part of the robot, it will turn its head and look in that direction.

Also on display on March 3rd by the team was another robot named the M3-synchy – after the word synchronize. The M3-synchy is designed to research the development of human communication abilities, particularly eye movement and other non-verbal signals.




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By netchicken: posted on 5-3-2010








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