Category: DIY & Tutorials

Open Source 3D Printed Humanoid Robots

In this post we give an overview of major open source humanoid robots. Existing ones are interesting and seriously compete with the pre-built closed robots such as the Nao. One surprising conclusion is that going the open source route does mean cheap. Indeed humanoid robots have many degrees of freedom. Usually more than 20 servo […]

How to Make Robots with Lifelike Behavior

Robots with a Soul

A common misconception is that robots need advanced AI algorithms to have fluid interactions with people. Another myth is that robots need to have some special shape to be engaging. According to Guy Hoffman from Cornell University, the actual solution requires 2 complementary ingredients. They were introduced in his awesome talk at TEDx Jaffa entitled: […]

3 Super Simple Robots for Weekend Projects

Robotics is of great fun. But, making robots can take very long time… Or may be not. Checkout the selection of videos below we have gathered for you. Those DIY robots belong to the so called BEAM Robotics. Robots made along this philosophy are based on simple analog circuits with inexpensive and more often scavenged […]

Computers with Emotions Talk by Peter Robinson

The importance of emotional expression as part of human communication has been understood since the seventeenth century, and has been explored scientifically since Charles Darwin and others in the nineteenth century. Recent advances in Psychology have greatly improved our understanding of the role of affect in communication, perception, decision-making, attention and memory. At the same […]

Robots can Help Understand Humans Talk by Pierre Yves Oudeyer

A great mystery is how human infants develop: how they discover their bodies, how they learn to interact with objects and social peers, and accumulate new skills all over their lives. Such development is organized and progressive, and results from the complex growth processes and interaction between brain mechanisms, the physical and the social environment. […]

Human-Level AI Talk by Murray Shanahan

Murray Shanahan is Professor of Cognitive Robotics in the Dept. of Computing at Imperial College London, where he heads the Neurodynamics Group. His publications span artificial intelligence, robotics, logic, dynamical systems, computational neuroscience, and philosophy of mind. He was scientific advisor to the film Ex Machina, which was partly inspired by his book “Embodiment and […]

Learn How Make Robots Hear and Localize Sound Sources

A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), on Binaural Hearing for Robots will start on May 11th, 2015. It will adress fundamental issues in robot hearing and will describe methodologies requiring two or more microphones embedded into a robot head, thus enabling sound-source localization, sound-source separation, and fusion of auditory and visual information (see video below). […]

How Many Actuators are Needed to Build a Robot?

Building robots with a minimal number of actuators is compelling. It allows for a reduction of cost, weight, as well as energy consumption. Besides, the robot needs to carry less battery. However, minimizing the number of actuators is not an easy task. People from UC Berkeley Biomimetic Millisystems Lab have been investigating small legged robots […]

Free Online Course on Developmental Robotics and AI

A team of french scientists in developmental robotics led by Olivier Georgeon is launching the IDEAL MOOC on developmental robotics and AI. This free online course targets a wide audience, since no prior background is required. It aims at introducing the cognitive science and programming basics required to design robots and virtual agents capable of […]