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Honda has further developed its humanoid robot asimo advanced to:
1. New function to work together
2. New function to avoid oncoming people
3. New autonomous battery charging function

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Here a funny video I took during the lab tour at Robotics Institute in CMU (during humanoids conference 2007).

Japanese robot master (Professor Inoue) tests American humanoid robot Sarcos

It shows a method to maintain balance under external disturbances.

A nice documentary will appear on BBC4.

VISIONS OF THE FUTURE
Starts Monday 5 November 2007

In this new three-part series, leading theoretical physicist and futurist Dr Michio Kaku explores the cutting edge science of today, tomorrow, and beyond. He argues that humankind is at a turning point in history. In this century, we are going to make the historic transition from the 'Age of Discovery' to the 'Age of Mastery', a period in which we will move from being passive observers of nature to its active choreographers. This will give us not only unparalleled possibilities but also great responsibilities.

Episode 1. THE INTELLIGENCE REVOLUTION
Monday 5 November 2007 9pm-10pm; rpt 12.35am-1.35am; 3.05am-4.05am (signed); Wednesday 7 November 8pm-9pm
In the opening instalment, Kaku explains how artificial intelligence will revolutionise homes, workplaces and lifestyles, and how virtual worlds will become so realistic that they will rival the physical world. Robots with human-level intelligence may finally become a reality, and in the ultimate stage of mastery, we'll even be able to merge our minds with machine intelligence.

For the first time on television, see how a severely depressed patient can be turned into a happy person at the push of a button - all thanks to the cross-pollination of neuroscience and artificial intelligence.

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I have put a video online about "Dynamically stepping over large obstacles by the humanoid robot HRP-2" which I participated during my research stay in JRL-AIST- Tsukuba, Japan

15 Oct 2007 (updated 23 Oct 2007 at 09:29 UTC) »

My new compilation video about robots is ready! This movie contains fragments of the most important robots we have seen in 2007. Dribbel, Cornell Ranger, Albert Hubo, Prosthesis Hugh Herr, R2D2, Roomba, Robosapien, artificial hands, ARMAR, iCub, DLR arm, Lucy, Veronica, softarm, Nespresso Robot, REEM-A, Roboreptile, Robocup, Schrimp III, flying robots, Jena walkers

Compilation video robots 2007

I have put my compliation videos about different robots on youtube.

Compilation video robots - 2006

Compilation video robots - 2005 - part 1/3

Compilation video robots - 2005 - part 2/3

Compilation video robots - 2005 - part 3/3

I'm currently working on edition 2007.

I finished my PhD about the bipedal walking robot Lucy. The title of my work was "Dynamic stabilisation of the biped Lucy powered by actuators with controllable stiffness"

Dissertation of Bram Vanderborght
Video about the robot Lucy

Site of the biped Lucy

On Euronews Futuris was a report about our robots (Lucy, Veronica, ALTACRO, Anty,...). The movies can be seen on our website. It is available in 7 languages.

Bill gates has written an interesting article about robots in scientific american: a robot in every home

Honda has a site with 90-second TV advertisements featuring ASIMO. The ads depict ASIMO in a museum setting, engaging with a range of exhibits and everyday objects to demonstrate the robot’s human qualities and advanced technology. It closes with the thought: ‘More forwards please’ – which represents Honda’s continual push for technological innovation. http://www.honda.co.uk /asimo/

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