FRIDA Working With a Human

FRIDA(Friendly Robot for Industrial Dual-arm Assembly) is ABB’s dual arm robot. The robot was developed to work side by side with humans in the manufacturing environment. The aim of FRIDA is much similar to that of Baxtor from Rethink Robotics. It’s lightweight, human-safe with 2 arms, padded, adaptable to different situations, and low cost.

This video is a demostration of FRIDA at Automatica 2012 in Munich. Very interesting to see that the robot is aware of human present and give the lady a nudge when the lady forgot a part in assembly.   This gives the human the impression that the robot is “alive”. It did not have to talk or do anything complex. Just a simple nudge.

Singapore Empathetic Bear in a Nursing Home

This is not the first robot that is being introduced to elderly but it’s making an impact in Singapore. Paro, a japanese seal robot, has been named the “World’s Most Therapeutic Robot”. The bear is able to recognise emotion from the interaction. The bear has become a companion to the many elderly living in Singapore’s Villa Francis Home for the Aged. It’s good to see the smiles on the faces of the people interacting with the bear.

Before You Die – The Last Moment Robot?

We want to be near our family on our death bed, to see them for the last time before we leave this world. But for those who do not have friends and family in the vicinity, this might be a good alternative, a robot who comforts you while you lie there.

This last moment robot strokes your arm and utters supposedly calming statements to you once it detects that you are about to pass away.

The actual set-up is an art installation by Dan Chen, with the  increasing number of elderly living alone in their later years, this idea might not be funny at all. You can see the Last Moment Robot in action in the video below.

This is what the robot says to you.

Hi Susie, I am the last moment robot.
I am here to help you and guide you through your last moment on earth.
i am sorry that (pause) your family and friends can’t be with you right now, but don’t be afraid. I am here to comfort you. (pause)
you are not alone, you are with me. (pause)
Your family and friends love you very much, they will remember you after you are  gone.  (pause)
Time of death 11:56

NAO as a Platform for Research

The JSK lab has shown that there is no limits to the use of NAO as a platform for research. It’s certainly worth looking at as a platform for research. The NAO recently had an upgrade to improve the PC that’s onboard. The cost of the platform is around 12000 EUROs.