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.

Keepon is Not Alone

Keepon has been around for a while and used in the research field for helping children with autism with social interaction. It’s a very engaging robot, having such lively dance moves in-sync with upbeat music using the MAX visual programming platform.

Here are a couple robots that have similar functionality.

1) Spazzi

A MAKE magazine project by beatbots (maker of the Keepon) that puts together low cost components to create a keepon-like robot.

2) Romibo

A low cost (initial cost of $700) therapeutic robot with open source software for use by various researchers.

Interactive Robot

This interactive robot mimics emotions and follows you using some face tracking software. This is the beginning of social interaction for a robot.


Source: Daniel Jay Bertner

Building Robot Given the Lack of Technology

Robot interaction is still something unclear to us. The basic mode of communicate in a society is through speech and this is hard for a robot given the ability of current speech recognition technology and natural language understanding. If only Siri really worked for people of all nation and in every context.

Service robotics is a growing trend globally given the aging situation in developed countries. Who doesn’t want a robot in his/her home called Rosie? But the reality is that we don’t have the technology to build a Rosie yet. Given that fact, how should we instruct or interact with robots?

This article in WSJ covers this in detail.