Thursday, September 29, 2005

Robot book

I am currently working on a book about Japanese robots. It will cover all the latest and most exciting robots in Japan including photographs, interviews with the inventors and researchers as well as speculation about the likely future of robot research in Japan. To get a publisher I need to demonstrate a market for the book. If you are interested, please leave a comment.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

PaPeRo is a 14-year-long, 10-million-dollar research project being conducted by electronics giant NEC. PaPeRO will help the company to study the interactions between humans and robots, allowing NEC researchers to test a range of different behavioural and artificial intelligence algorithms.
At the moment PaPeRo can recognize faces and obstacles, and can dance. It is able to understand simple verbal instructions and respond appropriately with speech, simple facial expressions or actions. It can also take photographs and connect to the Internet.