Sony shows off jogging robot

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  1. iGav macrumors G3

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    It walks, it jogs.. :eek: :D

    I want one of these so badly... imagine if they made it human sized!

    This is the sort of thing that Tomy threatened with the Omnibot 2000 back in the early 80's!

    rinky dink link

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3330183.stm

    mayzin'

    <edit> and the picture of that Aibo.... it has a head that looks like a Giger Alien... :eek:
     
  2. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Very cool stuff - in a few decades, with the further development of synthetic muscle and better power systems, we'll see even more elaborate robots.....all will go well as long as they're programmed with the Asimov's 3 Laws of Robotics :D

    We don't need to have any of those evil robots running around.....

    D

    There is a new movie coming out based on Asimov's books. I, Robot

    http://www.irobotnow.com/index.php

    wow!
     
  3. mrsebastian macrumors 6502a

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    the terminators are coming, the terminators are coming... RUN!

    ;)
     
  4. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    more like the Cylons.....;)

    But damn that was amazing and very scary......

    Is there any video of them jogging?

    D
     
  5. Gymnut macrumors 68000

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    If I saw it jogging down the street I'd want to punt it into orbit. :D
     
  6. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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  7. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Nice video, Arn--thanks. Saw a shorter version on the Japanese news last month, but it's cool to see a full dance. Ironically, being a control system programmer, the first thing I thought was "Are they running off a timer, are they synchronized to a transmitted clock that's synched to the music, or are they listening, and running off the beat?" Would be interesting to know more details about how they programmed that dance.

    Now to get into a wild rant, just because I feel like it:

    Cool technology aside (which does have many useful real-world implications eventually--cybernetics, public saftey, haz-mat jobs), these things say more about modern Japanese culture than the future potential of robotics. The Japanese are getting to the point where they have more empathy for their Aibo than they do for a real dog.

    On one hand, the Japanese (on average) have an admirable ability to empathize, and this carries over to a surprising degree to inanimate objects (I've heard it credited to TV shows like Astroboy, but I'm skeptical that's the whole reason). On the other hand, they've been growing increasingly engrossed in a technological world, to the point that not only do you have innovation and mass acceptance of new technologies absolutely without reason or need (buy it because it's new, and does more--most other Westerners are familiar, but it's worse in Japan than anywhere else in the world I know of), but on the whole the Japanese are growing distant from anything BUT technology.

    There has been and is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with this in artistic media, but it's subtle and without real effect so far. Basically, the Japanese are so willing to accept things like cute robots or pink flashing cellphones as an integral part of their lives that they're loosing the ability to relate to living creatures or see themselves in a natural environment at a frightening rate.

    Heck, I live in the US where it's bad enough, and I'm a computer geek who spends more time in front of my monitor than I do outside, but the Japanese take it to a whole new level. At least I know how to tell the difference between the affection of a puppy and a well-programmed plastic automaton.

    [end random armchair sociologist rant]
     
  8. FriarTuck macrumors 6502

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    As with other recent technological advances (the VCR, the internet, broadband), real growth in this area will only occur when the adult entertainment industry finds a way to put it to use.
     
  9. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    where's the iPod porn?
     
  10. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020

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    Don't worry.

    It's coming.

    :eek:
     
  11. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Do you have this in a Mac form? I just got computer language, thanks arn.

    Even if they perfect the robot. They still cannot replace humans when it come to the caring professions.
     
  12. Kid Red macrumors 65816

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    Great clip Arn-
    I'm still floored. Those little guys move better and more fluid then most white people I know. Amazing skill, range of motion and overall balance. I'm just amazed, absolutely impressed.
     
  13. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    LOL that was awesome and so funny! They have really come a long way, they move so smoothy, there is no jerky motions whatsoever, the future may be here before we know it.
     
  14. FriarTuck macrumors 6502

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    Come on. "About Last Night" came out in the 80's and featured walkman porn. Same concept.

    But here's your ipod pr0n.
     
  15. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020

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    You missed the pun!
     
  16. iChan macrumors 6502a

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    the most impressive thing about these robots is that way they morve soooo smoothly!!!
     
  17. Yikes macrumors newbie

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    I didn't know that Kraftwerk were on tour again

    "We are the Robots"
     
  18. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Actually, that's exactly what the Japanese eventually hope to use these for.

    The Aibo already serves a fair chunk of that area--something friendly to come home to for people who can't be bothered with an actual living pet. Same as those Tamagotchi things that were a huge hit a few years back--an electronic device that mimics something living to relate to.

    With the rapidly aging population of Japan and incredibly low birthrate, there will eventually be far more people in nursing homes than there are people to take care of them, and a whole lot of younger kids and grandkids who have absolutely no intention of helping. Hence one huge potential market for something that can putter around the house, help out a bit, change a sheet, and provide some companionship, all without having to pay a living, breathing human or do it yourself.

    I wish I was making this up, but I'm not.
     
  19. iChan macrumors 6502a

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    I know when it comes to carework, a robot without emotion would be perfect for caring for my nan as she wants nothing but a cup of coffee in the morning and consistent meals... a robot could do that, and then some...
     

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