31 Oct '13, 2pm

Humanoid Robot Demonstrates Sign Language

Humanoid Robot Demonstrates Sign Language

How do you say "robot" in sign language? With the DARPA Robotics Challenge looming large on the horizon , it's easy to overlook robots that aren't taking part. One of them was Nino, a humanoid unveiled earlier this year by the National Taiwan University's Robotics Laboratory . Unlike the DARPA robots, Nino may not find itself performing tasks in dangerous situations any time soon. But this robot has some special skills: It is likely the first full-sized humanoid to demonstrate sign language. "Sign language has a high degree of difficulty, requiring the use of both arms, hands, and fingers as well as facial expressions," said Professor Han-Pang Huang , who leads NTU's Robotics Lab. That's why sign language, he added, is an ideal task to help researchers develop capable robot hands, which could also find applications in factories or other kinds of work that require dexterous...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/ntu...

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