October 27, 2009

Meet Domo

Filed under: Technology — Jonathan @ 10:52 am

Meet Domo, a beady-eyed robot designed to interact with humans on a personal level. Domo was developed at MIT by then-Ph.D. student Aaron Edsinger with an aim to break robots free from the assembly line.

Domo can do chores such as helping elderly people put away groceries, or throw a ball for the doggie to fetch. Domo’s eyes are video cameras and are purposely designed to look like real eyes. The robot is programmed to pay close attention to human faces and fix on their gazes, for example. The moving parts are also sensitive to human touch. Push too hard, though, and Domo will respond, “Ouch.”

Edsinger has started two companies to build on the work started at MIT, HeeHeeHee Labs and Meka Robotics.

http://people.csail.mit.edu/edsinger/domo.htm

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