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Wednesday, June 01, 2005


NASA Experimenting With Robots That Have Human Traits

One of NASA's current goals is to make robots more understandable and amenable to humans. This project will be conducted in coordination with several other leading robotics research organizations: NASA Ames; NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.; the Naval Research Laboratory; and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

"Our goal is not for robots to have the same 'thought process' as humans, but rather for them to act, respond and interact more 'naturally' in ways that humans do with other humans," said Illah Nourbakhsh, a scientist who leads a group developing human-robot teams at NASA Ames Research Center, located in California's Silicon Valley.

Here's a detailed article on these speaking and gesturing robots.

New York Toy Fair has a short but interesting piece on their visit to the New York Toy Fair. They had a chance to talk with inventor and get the latest scoop on the , , and robots. They talk about International, the distributor of the Robosapien line, in an older article about their visit to the American International Toy Fair.

Update On The Consumer Robot Market

While the market for robot vacuum cleaners is improving the market for robot lawn mowers has had some casualties. Already gone are notable early entries like the iMow unit from lawncare company Toro.

More news on the robot lawn mower market and related to the subject.

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