AustinVilla is now undefeated after two games after beating CMU in the most recent pool play game. Footage of that game will be up later tonight, along with the rest of the Bowdoin videos.
Nailbiting game just finished. CMU scored on us in the second half, and then kicked the ball into their own goal, giving us the tie. A few of our robots could not see the ball due to some problem with the camera; we will try to fix this before our next game.
The 10 am match between AustinVill and the UPennalizers concluded earlier this morning. Video of the match will be up later tonight (shot in hi-def, to boot!)
Currently it’s half time in the Bowdoin-CMU match, tied at 0-0. We have had our robot’s head pop off twice in the first half after taking some hard spills… video of that will definitely be up later as well.
Some great pictures of different robots from around the world are available here.
Dunkin Donuts *really* needs to sponsor us.
Video of China
I visited the Boston Museum of Science over fall break and saw their exhibit on robots and artificial intelligence. Supposedly they had an AIBO but I couldn’t find it. They did however have a robot guide that talked about the AIBO. Following is a picture and the transcript
Here is the transcript of the robot guide’s description of the AIBO
Human: Tell me about the robot dog.
Robot: AIBO is a robot, that simulates the behavior of a pet dog. It is one of the most popular robots we have.
Robot: So, like a real dog, he is able to see things, and also, he responds to a few spoken commands.
Human: Really? How does he do that?
Robot: Well, AIBO has a color digital camera, mounted in his head. The video from this camera is analyzed to identify things he sees.
Robot: He also has an infra red distance sensor, to detect obstacles and to avoid running into them.
Human: I see. What about spoken commands?
Robot: He has a pair of microphones on each side of his head. This audio input aids in locating the source of a sound.
Human: Interesting. What else can AIBO do?
Robot: AIBO can respond to touch too. If you path him, he will act in an affectionate manner.
Human: (How does he do that?)
Robot: Well, AIBO has touch sensitive pads, on top of his back on his head, chin, and on each paw. When he is touched in these areas, he receives data through these sensors that will make him react with appropriate feedback
A plate about the Kalman filter, which we use in localization:
Motion creator for AIBO:
A robot similar to the Roomba:
R2D2 and pals
See all the relevant pictures here