Photos: Robots on parade

Photos: Robots on parade

Summary: A robot that plays the Violin? ZDNet Australia visited NICTA's Neville Roach Laboratory to see what all the fuss was about. We also discover what other amazing things today's robots can do.

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

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  • Carnegie Mellon University announced its 2007 inductees into the Robot Hall of Fame at RoboBusiness 2007, an international robotics conference in Boston.

    For the first time, more actual robots were inducted than fictional ones. The only fictional robot honoured this year is Lieutenant Commander Data, the robot played by Brent Spiner on the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    Data was honoured for the questions he constantly posed on both human nature and the rights of humanoid robots, said Matt Mason, the director of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon who announced the inductees.

    Text by Candace Lombardi, staff writer, CNET

    Credit: CBS Paramount Television

  • Domo is the robot developed by Aaron Edsinger, a member of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory's Humanoid Robotics Group at MIT. Edsinger has just completed his Ph.D. He spent three years of his life developing this partner robot to work alongside or aid a person.

    Most of the computer power behind Domo goes to its vision, which are two cameras positioned as eyes on the robot. Domo's "eyes" can detect human faces and track them, in addition to aid it in finding and handling objects. Tapping it on the arm, for example, will prompt Domo to move its arm and look down to see what's touching it and then look up at the person. It responds to human voice commands.

    Text by Candace Lombardi, staff writer, CNET

    Credit: Candace Lombardi/CNET

  • The teleMax, took part in a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) response evaluation in Texas. It provides explosive-ordnance disposal or excellent stand-off capability for hazardous material responders, according to Texas A&M University's Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). It has a fully articulated arm and features chemical, gas and/or radiation sensors, TEEX added.

    TEEX is operated by Texas A&M University. TEEX opened Disaster City, a 52-acre training centre in 1997 to train the state's emergency response forces and firefighters and rescue workers from all over the world.

    Credit: Martial Voitier, TEEX Communications

Topic: Emerging Tech

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