Robot summit shows off innovations

Robot summit shows off innovations

Summary: At the Innorobo conference in France, visitors were treated to an array of robotic inventions, including machines designed to mimic human movement and play football

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

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  • Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered (ECCE) robot

    Robots of every shape and size were on show at the recent Innorobo conference in France.

    Nearly 10,000 people registered to attend the three-day summit, which examined the role that service robots will play in everyday life.

    This photo shows the Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered robot, or ECCE robot, which has been designed to have a human-like upper body.

    Researchers plan to use the robot to test hypotheses about human motion and compare the motion of the machine with that of people.

    The robot is designed to mimic human behaviour at every level, from the way muscles work to control movement of the limbs to the way the human brain interacts with muscles.

    ECCE is a cyclops — the single camera in the eyeball-like structure in its head has a 90° field of vision — but future versions will have binocular vision. Future versions of the robot will also be able to reproduce human movement more accurately.

    Photo credit: Innorobo

    See more robot photos on ZDNet UK.

  • DARwIn-OP robot

    The DARwIn-OP humanoid robot, seen here, was at the event playing football.

    The bot's hardware and software is open source, making it fully customisable.

    The machine, which is designed by Romela, weighs in at 2.7kg and is 45.7cm tall.

    Photo credit: Innorobo

    See more robot photos on ZDNet UK.

  • Sparx robot

    Here the Sparx robot, produced by French robotics services company Robopolis, navigates its way around a maze on the show floor.

    Users can stream real-time video of what the programmable bot is seeing through its built-in camera.

    Photo credit: Innorobo

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Topic: Emerging Tech


Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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