Monday, 27 Dec, 2010 Technology
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Robots Taught to Act More Like Humans

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According to Sebastien Lengagne, a researcher from Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba, today roboticists try to develop machines that avoid obstacles instead of thinking how of use these objects to help them.

Currently Lengagne together with his team is working on a system that would allow humanoid robots use their bodies and different nearby objects to help them travel around different environments and perform various complex tasks.

The team created a robot called HRP-2 that can act more like a human. For example, the machine can place both of its arms on a table in order to keep balance when attempting to sit down in a chair. The robot can also use one of its arms as a support when performing a big swinging kick at a ball, reports NewScientist.

It is worth mentioning that the latest invention of Lengagne and his team was presented this month at the Humanoids 2010 conference that took place in Nashville, Tennessee.

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