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Acroban, A Playful Humanoid Will Appear At SIGGRAPH 2010

SIGGRAPH 2010 is still a few months away (it takes place July 25th ~ 29th, 2010) but we know at least one robot will be present as part of the Emerging Technologies wing of the conference.  It was built by a group of French scientists headed by Dr. Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, who previously worked on cognitive robotics using AIBOs at SONY’s Computer Science Laboratory in Paris; the same lab that worked on language acquisition using the QRIO.  No doubt inspired by his experiences with the QRIO, in 2007 he and a small team developed RhoBan, a 42 cm (16.5″) custom bipedal humanoid built with 22 servos.

Video (Mirror):

Their new robot, called Acroban, will be presented at SIGGRAPH this July:

Acroban the Humanoid

Olivier Ly, INRIA/LaBRI; Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, INRIA

Acroban is the first humanoid robot able to demonstrate playful, compliant, and intuitive physical interaction with children while moving and walking dynamically. Also, it is able to keep its equilibrium when moving even if unpredicted physical interactions are initiated by humans.

Potential Future Use:
The system is presented in an entertainment human-robot interaction context specifically meant to engage children. In this demonstration, the robot has a range of behaviors that it combines in order to react intuitively, naturally, and creatively to uncontrolled external intervention.

Sounds interesting!  Unfortunately no photos or video are available at this time, but we’ll keep you posted.

[source: SIGGRAPH Media Blog]

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