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Iuro Robot Finds Its Way Through Cities, With Your Help


One of the, uh, special arduino robot exhibition this year was IROS IURO with a large head and very expressive blue and white plastic. IURO brings people together and ask them to help you navigate the city to act "socially responsible", but the robot was IROS random (and fun) to switch between expressions of disgust, joy and surprise, as you can see our video interview after the jump.
Interactive Urban Robot IURO or Accrea is produced with the technology and used for research, thanks to a collaboration between the Technical University of Monaco of Bavaria, ETH Zurich and the University of Salzburg. The platform is fleshy and is designed to handle the situation, typical urban obstacles such as stairs and sidewalks with shock absorbing wheels and a set of laser-based sensors.
The base, however, may be in position, is certainly the most interesting IURO. The robot has a huge head wrapped in plastic with 21 actuators in her eyes, very controllable, eyelids, eyebrows, lips, ears and mouth. Stereo cameras and eyes using a safe Kinect IURO people interact with him running down the street, to interpret the language and gestures in order to find their way from one place to another, without a map or GPS.
Go teach the main objective is the identification educational robot IURO symbolic place as "This path and turn left when you see the bus stop." People need to understand the problems with this type thing and robots in unknown environments, this type of education requires the ability to recognize and interpret gestures, translating vague wave of a hand, "no", a phrase like can follow the direction. This research autonomous robots eventually learn what you do not know and then ask another human being without human help, enter information in the form of if / then.

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