The easiest way to make a robot as dexterous and capable as a human being is to simply let a human control it. That’s how Disney Research’s new telepresence robot works, but with improved hydraulics on board, it’s now capable of duplicating a human’s motions with remarkable precision—to the point where it can even be…
A robotics company recently made one of its telepresence units accessible over the Internet for a public demonstration. But to keep it from going astray, the device was confined to an office — an unacceptable constraint that one crafty user interpreted as a challenge.
A wise man once said, "In order for us to understand the rat, we must become the rat." Now, it's quite possible that no one has ever actually said this, but that doesn't matter. But what does matter is that it's the driving sentiment behind a project that's seeking to bridge the gap that's separating us humans from…
Anyone who plays video games knows that game bots, artificially intelligent virtual gamers, can be spotted a mile away on account of their mindless predictability and utter lack of behavioral realism. Looking to change this, 2K Games recently launched the BotPrize competition, a kind of Turing Test for nonplayer…
Cutting-edge devices that allow you to be ‘telepresent' are slowly starting to make an appearance in our lives, but a new kissing device that looks like the cross between Mr. Potato Head and and an ostrich egg may make us wish they will never catch on.
Projection people aren't an entirely new phenomenon, but this Mask-bot — a new yammering robo-visage from German and Japanese researchers — was built to give robots emotive faces and to replace conference calls with talking heads.
Ever wished your phone was a little more... intimate? Fabian Hemmert, a design researcher at the Berlin University of the Arts, Germany, certainly does. "Mobile phones use so little of our sensory abilities," he says. "They are great for information exchange - text, video, and speech - but they provide no feeling of…
Researchers at Japan's Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications are developing a device that allows the user to engage in some telepresence smooching by furiously tonguing an apparatus that resembles an electric toothbrush or talk box. Sexy futurism?
This is TEROOS, a shoulder-mounted telepresence robot that allows you to hang out with your friends while you're at home, lounging in your Underoos.
Remember the Telenoid R1 telepresence robot we featured several months back? Now researchers from Osaka University have collaborated with NTT Docomo and Qualcomm to build the Elfoid, a telephone shaped like a pallid amphibious man.
Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University created this Telenoid R1 robot to "transmit the presence" of its user from afar. The Telenoid R1 was designed to be generic as possible, but it also resembles an embryonic Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Meet SpaceJustin, a new telepresence robot designed to go into space and do the pop-and-lock maneuvers that are too hazardous to humans. SpaceJustin's developers showed him off before the start of the International Aerospace Show in Germany. More pics below.