PK Remote Sensing presents KommuniKate

PK Remote Sensing is a small development studio from Aachen in Germany, run by Paul Kocyla. He developed an interactive, female robot. She got some artificial intelligence built in: KommuniKate recognises faces and can interpret language. She is connected to a universal net of wisdom and information (guess!) and can not only answer your questions, but also can show context-sensitive multimedia with the projectors attached. The bot was build by Paul Kocyla and Anja Hammes with IT-help of Mario Lukas.

Be sure to meet KommuniKate during the summer 2010!

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Tags: artificial intelligence, elisa, pk remote sensing, aachen, germany, female
Dec_21:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

How automation changes work

To all the people, who cry "WACHSTUM! WACHSTUM! WACHSTUM! (growth!)" all the time. Please open your eyes and see, how the world has changed. Not only the internet, but also automation made enormous changes to the "workplace". Why do the people yelling for growth all the time? Yes, because growth should result in work. Well, that was true in history. But look at this:

1952

2009

Also look at this home-automator-robot from Fanuc.

The only thing to think about on the present is money and work. And how to deal and distribute with it. Not necessarily growth! Let's change the direction of thinking! Read i.e. Nicht die Armut, das Wachstum muss bekämpft werden.

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Tags: factory belt, automation, time, history
Nov_04:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Slope Skiing Robot

Cute robots in real-life situations are coming. Yehaa! Look at this tiny skiing robot, that is able to really ski down the slope. It was researched by Bojan Nemec at the Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia. The robot navigates autonomously using video camera and other sensors.

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Tags: robot, ski, reallife, research
Oct_25:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Sum of the Thrills: Rollercoster Robot

A robot of an entertaining kind is placed at the "Sum of all Thrills" in the Epcot themepark in Walt Disney World Resort, asking questions of human-robot interaction and trust.

The robot is simulating a rollercoaster-ride. Before you enter, you use a virtual screen to plan your route, the speed, velocity and this sort of thrills. The ride than is simulated on the screen. If you like it, than you can approve it.

Next up you will enter the "robotic-arm". At the top there are seats and video-screens. The rollercoarster-ride will take you up. The screen is showing the ride, while the robot is shaking you, in order to simulate the physics on your human body.

This robot is clearly for fun. BUT... would YOU trust the debugger?

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Tags: fun, rollercoaster, play, simulation, leisure
Oct_21:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Funktionide: Emotional Pillow Robot

Designer Stefan Ulrich made a huge step in interaction design with something we used to call "robot". Look at this soft and wobbly something. A mix of pillow and robot. With this you should also be able to do "intelligent conversation". Ulrich says about the work:

Based on an intensive two month research (in cooperation with FESTO Germany and the EMPA Switzerland) concerning artificial muscles (electroactive polymers) my work reflects upon how new technologies will change future products (and society), and the way we interact with them.

2009 will end as a year of "emotional robotics". More and more concepts arrive, that try to address an emotional relationship between moving machines we like to call "robots" and humans. Lately it was for example this air-breathing toy sloth, this floor wiping worm, this laughing machine or this cute human-robot-interaction study.

PS: For the ones interested, there is also a [making of Funktionide}(http://vimeo.com/5421831) available.

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Tags: art, pillow, concept, interaction, emotion, festo, germany
Oct_06:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Homo Evolutis: The future über-human-robot

Juan Enriquez held an TED talk and took a much more broader picture than most other experts do. He starts with taking a look at the financial markets, but then tool a deeper glance at current trends in science and technology. He merges trends from medicine, microbiology and robots to build a picture of a new step of evolution, that *is* coming.

People only interested in robots skip the first 10 minutes of this talk.

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Tags: future, science, research, evolution, theory
Sep_18:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Vinspired Voicebot: Write a message to your MP

Robot art. I love it. This one is a new project, dealing with robots, democracy and participation. It is eventually also aimed at members of parliament (MP), who literally read the internet printed out on paper.

The project is made in the UK. You can send there a message to an MP, but the message arrives at this robot. He writes everything you wrote down on paper. Please notice the wonderful handwriting of the robot!

On a more sophisticated level, this art-project shows something very substantial about robots, society and democracy. The machine (aka robot) is part of the communication-process between citizen and member of parliament. Is this one step up the ladder in society for robots? Out of the endless stupid work on the factory-belt, towards being a writer for parliament?

The robot will writing messages until 16. October 2009. It's a special prepared Kuka-Robot. Look at the Vinspired Voicebox Website for every detail.

Lately there has been other art-experiments with human text and robots. The first ones were the Robovox, that were touring to Europe, speaking out loud text-messages from people. The second was the chalk Tour de France bot. He took chalk to write user-generated-messages on the streets, to cheer for the bicycle-guys at the Tour de France.

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Tags: art, human, text, speech, democracy, roboethics
Sep_15:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

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