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When you need to move something but it's too heavy to lift off the ground, most of us default to one of two strategies: find someone stronger, or shove it along the floor instead. Researchers from the University of Tokyo's JSK Laboratory are now teaching robots to do the latter. The latest version...

June 2nd 2015 at 3:24pm 0 Comments
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There may be plenty of robots out there able to avoid or overcome obstacles, but we can't say we've seen too many that are actually able to use obstacles to their advantage. That's the claim to fame of this so-called HRP-2 robot built by researchers at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industr...

December 26th 2010 at 11:07am 0 Comments
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Some George Costanza-types at Carnegie Mellon have repurposed their own hard earned knowledge of Frogger maneuvers at the university arcade into useful object avoidance techniques for robots. They've outfitted both ASIMO and HRP-2 with versions of the technology, which allows the robots to detect t...

August 4th 2009 at 10:48am 0 Comments
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If no one's complaining when the Rock-afire Explosion busts out a Bubba Sparxxx jam, we doubt the future alien population of this here planet will have any beef with an android cousin doing the Tango. In a bizarre feat of preservation, a team from the University of Tokyo, Japan has used "video motio...

August 10th 2007 at 11:41pm 0 Comments
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We've liked what we've seen so far from the Kawada's HRP bots, what with the dancing and the martial arts and the industrial capabilities, but their latest update for the HRP-2 has just vaulted the line from a life of menial tasks straight to middle management. The bot is now capable of accepting...

January 24th 2006 at 7:00pm 0 Comments