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Finally, an easy 3D robot simulator

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2008 by flakki

3D Robot Simulator

Cogmation Robotics has released a 3D Robot Simulator and Graphical Robotic Development Environment that looks to be on first impressions much easier to use than other currently competing products. Looks like it might actually be fun too.

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Treating Robots as Equals

Posted in Culture, News, Robotics, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2007 by flakki

A new study is breaking new ground by examining the way children interact with robots. While this may seem to have more to do with psychology than software development, it does serve as an indicator of how far we are progressing towards integrating robotic technology.

“The children also treated QRIO with more care and attention than a similar-looking but inanimate robot that the researchers called Robby, which acted as a control in the experiment. Once they had grown accustomed to QRIO, they hugged it much more than Robby, who also received far more rough treatment.”

http://technology.newscientist.com/channel/tech/dn12879-giggling-robot-becomes-one-of-the-kids-.html?feedId=online-news_rss20

More about Javier Movellan’s research:

http://mplab.ucsd.edu/wordpress/