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'Emotional' robot can be your salesman

Mon, 2014-06-09 07:58
Tokyo, June 9 (IANS) Beware salespersons! An "emotional" robot designed to converse with shoppers has been brought to life. Named Pepper by its developer Softbank, a Tokyo-based internet company, the humanoid robot struck conversations with shoppers and collected the opinions of customers. The robot was billed as "emotional" by SoftBank president Masayoshi Son, who said it understands "70 to 80 ...

'Emotional' robot can be your salesman

Mon, 2014-06-09 07:58
Tokyo, June 9 (IANS) Beware salespersons! An "emotional" robot designed to converse with shoppers has been brought to life. Named Pepper by its developer Softbank, a Tokyo-based internet company, the humanoid robot struck conversations with shoppers and collected the opinions of customers. The robot was billed as "emotional" by SoftBank president Masayoshi Son, who said it understands "70 to 80 ...

Thanks to My Grandma's Robot (in Arts and Culture)

Mon, 2014-06-09 03:30
In Japan, an assistive robot brought my obaasan new life. Canadian seniors may soon benefit, too.

Thanks to My Grandma's Robot (in Culture)

Mon, 2014-06-09 03:01
In Japan, an assistive robot brought my obaasan new life. Canadian seniors may soon benefit, too.

First Listen: Meridian Brothers, 'Salvadora Robot'

Sun, 2014-06-08 23:24
The Colombian band thoroughly understands musical traditions. How better to eviscerate them? Meridian Brothers' off-kilter melodies veer from the inviting to the dissonant in a matter of seconds.

Soon, robots to behave as humans?

Sun, 2014-06-08 05:06
What if a robot could behave like a human? Scientists at University of California are working on a "neurotic" robot that can copy human behaviour. "We are trying to make the robot brain more like human brain," said lead researcher Jeff Krichmar, a professor of cognitive science at University of California, Irvine. The team is making a robot act like a mouse in a cage.

Engineers Create Robot Sperm

Sat, 2014-06-07 03:16
Engineers have created a robot sperm that can be controlled using something as simple as a fridge magnet. The minuscule robot is made using a super strong polymer, the head is then coated in metal allowing it to be controlled using weak magnetic fields. Created by engineers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, the robot sperm could potentially used as a drug delivery method or to help ...

Human-like robot 'Pepper' can analyze gestures, expressions and voice tones

Sat, 2014-06-07 00:38
London, June 6 (ANI): Japanese telecommunications and Internet Corporation, Softbank has unveiled a human-like robot called Pepper that can analyze gestures, expressions and voice tones. The robot uses an 'emotional engine' and a cloud-based artificial intelligence system and people can communicate with it just like they would with friends and family. Softbank says it plans to launch the robot ...

Chatty Japan robot makes friends on first day at work

Fri, 2014-06-06 13:46
A chatty humanoid robot whose makers claim it can understand people's emotions made its first friends Friday as it struck up conversations with shoppers in Tokyo. And the device -- named Pepper by its designers -- proved an effective marketing tool for mobile carrier SoftBank, delighting managers who put it to work collecting customer opinions. The 120-centimetre (four-foot) tall robot which ...

Chatty Japan robot makes friends on first day at work

Fri, 2014-06-06 13:46
A chatty humanoid robot whose makers claim it can understand people's emotions made its first friends Friday as it struck up conversations with shoppers in Tokyo. And the device -- named Pepper by its designers -- proved an effective marketing tool for mobile carrier SoftBank, delighting managers who put it to work collecting customer opinions. The 120-centimetre (four-foot) tall robot which ...

MIT designs 'bake-your-own' robots

Fri, 2014-06-06 10:42
A robot made of printable components that self-assemble when "baked" has been developed by researchers at the Massachusets Institute of Technology (MIT). The work of MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Daniela Rus, the baked robots work on the principles of origami to unfold. As the parts fold and contract during the heating process, they pull the components together to ...

A Robot to Care for You in Old Age

Fri, 2014-06-06 10:40
Researchers in the field of artificial intelligence have long dreamed of creating human-like intelligence in machines and empowering them to perceive their environment and take actions that solve problems. How would you feel about interacting with a machine rather than a human being when it comes to addressing your daily activities?

A Robot to Care for You in Old Age

Fri, 2014-06-06 10:40
Researchers in the field of artificial intelligence have long dreamed of creating human-like intelligence in machines and empowering them to perceive their environment and take actions that solve problems. How would you feel about interacting with a machine rather than a human being when it comes to addressing your daily activities?

World's first emo robot?

Fri, 2014-06-06 08:19
Ever feel like no one really understands you? Well "Pepper" could be about to change all that.

An open-source robotics OS is moving from the lab to farms and even into space

Fri, 2014-06-06 07:25
Five years ago, a robot slowly trundled around a Californian office doing things like opening doors and using electrical sockets. They’re routine activities for people, but this was a Willow Garage PR2 alpha robot. By navigating through eight doors and using nine outlets, it notched an important milestone—using the Robot Operating System (ROS) to accomplish its complex mission. PR2, a bulky ...

Robot 'powered by love inside a family'

Fri, 2014-06-06 06:12
Ever feel like no one really understands you? Well "Pepper" could be about to change all that.

Chatty Japan robot makes friends on first day at work

Fri, 2014-06-06 05:06
A chatty humanoid robot whose makers claim it can understand people's emotions made its first friends Friday as it struck up conversations with shoppers in Tokyo. And the device -- named Pepper by its ...

SoftBank’s Emotion-Reading Robot Is Son’s Dream Come True

Fri, 2014-06-06 03:32
SoftBank Corp. (9984)'s emotion-reading robot Pepper is a result of time billionaire Chairman Masayoshi Son spent as a child watching the TV show "Astro Boy." Unlike the character from the 1960s Japanese animated series who couldn't experience feelings, the 1.2-meter (4-foot) tall humanoid robot estimates human emotions based on expressions, the company said yesterday. The machine, manufactured ...

SoftBank’s Emotion-Reading Robot Is Son’s Dream Come True

Thu, 2014-06-05 23:30
SoftBank Corp. (9984)'s emotion-reading robot Pepper is a result of time billionaire Chairman Masayoshi Son spent as a child watching the TV show "Astro Boy." Unlike the character from the 1960s Japanese animated series who couldn't experience feelings, the 1.2-meter (4-foot) tall humanoid robot estimates human emotions based on expressions, the company said yesterday. The machine, manufactured ...

Emotional robot set for sale in Japan next year

Thu, 2014-06-05 22:54
A cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile. Son's mobile phone company ...