The Robot Tamer

Slate

As part of a project sponsored by Autodesk, Gannon is seen working with an industrial robot called Mimus. More than capable of wielding an industrial-strength welder or other manufacturing line tools, Mimus instead uses visual sensors to follow and respond to human movements and gestures--Madeline isn't so much programming this bot as taming it and training it. By putting humans in the center of robot workflow, she hopes they can work together organically as partners--that rather than a zero-sum game, human and machines can labor and think as a unit, so they are "exponentially better than what a human could do alone, or what a robot could do alone."


Stylish moves

BBC News

For years London's Design Museum got by in a former banana warehouse near Tower Bridge. Now it has moved to a cool, minimalist home in Kensington. The new building is much bigger. It will offer, says the director, far more to intrigue all visitors - and not just the hardcore design fans. In 1962 the Queen opened the Commonwealth Institute on the leafy fringes of Holland Park in London.


The Uncanny Valley of human-robot interactions

Robohub

The device named "Spark" flew high above the man on stage with his hands waving in the direction of the flying object. In a demonstration of DJI's newest drone, the audience marveled at the Coke can-sized device's most compelling feature: gesture controls. Instead of a traditional remote control, this flying selfie machine follows hand movements across the sky. Gestures are the most innate language of mammals, and including robots in our primal movements means we have reached a new milestone of co-existence. Madeline Gannon of Carnegie Mellon University is the designer of Mimus, a new gesture controlled robot featured in an art installation at The Design Museum in London, England.


Self-driving robots hitting London streets for new trial

The Independent - Tech

Hermes has announced a new trial for self-driving delivery robots in the UK. The autonomous machines, which have a top speed of 4mph, are 55cm tall and 70cm long, and weigh 18kg. They can carry up to 10kg at a time, with packages stored inside a secure compartment that can be unlocked with a code sent to the customer's phone. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


App lets people easily take photos with any dead person they like and bring them 'back to life'

The Independent - Tech

A new app promises to let people take selfies with anyone they like – including dead people or celebrities. ELROIS, a South Korean company, only needs a 3D scan of any person's face for its "With Me" app. Once it has one, it can'resurrect' that person – allowing them to react to what you say and move around, as well as letting you take pictures with them. The app has been explicitly created to allow people to recreate the image and personality of someone who has passed away, according to its creators. They said that it is a way of overcoming a broken heart by interacting with a virtual recreation of their deceased loved ones.