An interactive fighting game between human & robot
RT Corporation showcased a taller version of their tablet-powered “Robot Inside Character” at Google I/O 2012. The RIC Ninja Master stands 120 cm (or 3 ft 11 inches, including tablet), which is 30 cm (about 1 foot) taller than the company’s flagship model, the RIC-90. Visitors to the interactive demo booth can play a fighting game with the full-sized robot, which is a world first according to the company.
Two people control the robot: one for the arms using an Xtion Pro Live motion sensor, and another makes the robot walk using a game controller. The Android-based tablet (which serves as the robot’s head and face) uses the RT-ADK (a general I/O board specialized for Android OS) and V-sido software to translate the players’ commands into actual movements.
A sensor on the robot’s body determines when it has taken a hit, and it wears padded gloves to avoid hurting people. Perhaps the gloves contain a sensor to detect when it has scored a hit, but I doubt it is agile enough to hit you if it is as slow as earlier models. And RT Corp has published a video of its demonstration so we can see how it really works.
I’m guessing the human participants went a little easy on it, because it looks like it wouldn’t take much to knock it over in one punch…