October 30, 2007

Robot developed with non-verbal communications skills

Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology have developed a humanoid bot that can use communicate using gestures. The 187-pound robot stands about five feet tall and uses a 3D vision system to recognize gestures like pointing and bowing and determine their meaning — and then use the same gestures when appropriate.

October 28, 2007

U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi Virtual Humanoid

Destined to support you in your state of involuntary abstinence, the U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi system maps a pretty girl onto the robot’s anatomically correct, green-cloth surface with the help of a sensor-equipped head-mounted display worn by the lonely, lonely man. The result is a 3D character you can touch and “interact” with. Researcher Michihiko Shoji hopes that – Read More –

March 30, 2007

Second Life: Freedom Vs. Structure

I recently attended a Second Life demonstration at the Information Architecture Summit in Las Vegas, which by the way is as an ironic place as you get for hosting such an event. Information Architecture in Vegas? Well it may exist, but lets just say if it does, its been designed with the purpose to be awful. That’s not to say it doesn’t serve their goal — to get you lost, and by so doing increase your chances of spending money. Maybe there is a place for bad IA, after all. – Read More –