Science Museum throws Robotville parade

Science Museum throws Robotville parade

Summary: Drawn from projects around Europe, the 20 robots on show at the museum have been created to help with research into human-machine interaction, covering work with autistic children

TOPICS: After Hours

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  • Charly robot

    Charly is another robot designed to study how humans react to robots with human-like appearance, and to see how people like robots to look.

    If you stand in front of Charly for long enough, his face will gradually — and somewhat eerily — morph into that of the person stood in front of him.

    One of the interesting things about the psychology of this phenomenon is that people tend to like people that look like them —  their family, for example. However, there is a tipping point where the robot starts to look disturbingly uncanny, Mick Waltons from the robotics unit at the University of Hertfordshire, which created Charly, explained to ZDNet UK.

    Photo credit: Ben Woods 

  • i-Sur autonomous surgery

    The i-Sur project, pictured, aims to give surgical robotics the cognitive abilities to perform surgical tasks automonously, but under the supervision of a human surgeon.

    i-Sur has been designed to execute every task of a minor procedure. This includes understanding the surgeon's intentions, planning the operation and perfoming the operation. It will also detect potential problems and suggest solutions to the human surgeon via a control module.

    Photo credit: Ben Woods 

  • Flash robot

    Many robots are seen as cold, unflinching machines, but Flash aims to change that.

    Developed by the Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland, Flash has a head made of moving metal discs designed to be able to mimic human facial expressions.

    Flash is being used to study the ways in which robots can better interact with humans if they are given the ability to physically express emotions.

    Photo credit: Ben Woods 

Topic: After Hours

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