Sunday, October 16, 2005


Technologically Pino is only mildly impressive, a cute Pinocchio for the 21st century, Its real revolutionary feature is the fact that it is the first open-source robot, a kind of robotic version of the Linux operating system. The brainchild of Hiroaki Kitano, Pino was conceived as a robot that would be accessible to everyone; hence it is made from off-the-shelf parts. More importantly, the specifications of the robot in terms of both hardware and software are freely available for anyone to modify and improve. In this way, Kitano hopes that the robot`s abilities will be advanced much more quickly than if it were being developed by a small group behind closed doors.


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Blogger tempusmaster said...

In someways I agree with you in that Pino doesn't really break any new technological ground. What it does have, and what most other robots lack, is style and personality. People immediately relate to Pino. I have blog readers from as far away as the UK that write to me about Pino regularly. Besides, Hiki personally chose Pino as the robot star for her music video, "Can You Keep A Secret" over lots of other robots.

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