Is it a sign your blog is moving up in the world when strangers send you press releases before they hit SlashDot? Someone sent me
this press release11:30 last night (US central time). I wasn’t sure if I was going to post it, but it hit slashdot this morning, and I’m getting a big secondary SlashDot effect from it today.
I haven’t been able to find the movies of QRIO
the thrust is that they’ve come up with a way of making bipedal motion controllers that allow the robot to perform actions wherein both feet leaving the floor. The details of this kind of controller are only of marginal interest to me, but the implications for AI are fascinating. Every small step that makes the robot more agile and human-like brings A.I. a little closer. More immediately, the implications for robot soccer are very cool. Hopefully there will be running, jumping humanoid soccer players at RoboCup this summer.
Here is a movie: Windows Media, RealPlayer, and the page (in Japanese) that it came from. (Thanks Peter Stone) — tough to see where both feet leave the ground, except for a couple tiny jumps in the middle. Still, very cool.
Update: More coverage: