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A new robot inspired by C-3PO being developed for the US Navy will fight fires and throw grenades

Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot
Star Wars characters C3PO abd R2D2. Picture:Lucasfilm Ltd / TM.AndroidArtwork
Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot
Charli is the United States' first full-size autonomous humanoid robot.
  • C-3PO-inspired character being developed to work in the US Navy
  • ASH short for Autonomous Shipboard Humanoid.
  • The battery powered robot is being developed by scientists at Virginia Tech University
MAY the force be with the US Navy as they develop robotic help for their warships, able to read human gestures, climb ladders, throw grenades and fight fires.
Star Wars' C-3PO may not be just a fictional character for much longer.
The US Navy has developed a robot very similar to the popular robotic character from George Lucas' Star Wars to work on their ships.
ASH or Autonomous Shipboard Humanoid will have the capacity to operate in smoke-filled areas, climb ladders and react to human gestures with the help of infrared cameras and sensors on its 'face'.
ASH would also be able to throw PEAT (propelled extinguishing agent technology) grenades, and be able to use hoses and fire extinguishers.
ASH Robot
A breakdown shows exactly how the robot has been built to fight fires. Picture: Supplied
The battery-powered robot is being developed by scientists at RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory) at Virginia Tech University and is a follow on from a previous version called CHARLI or Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot with Learning Intelligence.
Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot
CHARLI is the United States' first full-size autonomous humanoid robot. It's mechanical design has allowed experimentation into the effects of different mechanical configurations, mostly in the legs, on the performance of bipedal walking and balancing. CHARLI is capable of walking in all directions as well as turning, kicking, and performing gestures and simple upper body manipulation tasks. A variety of hands and grippers have been experimented with for various objects or goals. Picture: Virginia Tech
The team is working with the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC on the robot-human interaction side of the project, taking inspiration from the much-loved robot, C-3PO, which starred in the Lucas' cult films 35 years ago.
Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot
Director George Lucas with actor Anthony Daniels who plays the robot C-3PO, in the 2002 film 'Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones' on location in the Tunisian desert.
The Navy hopes the robot will also be able to put our lethal fires which put the lives of the crews onboard.
Professor Dennis Hong, from the university, told the Sunday Express: '‘It is walking now and will start testing on a Navy ship early next year but that does not mean that it is complete.
''It still needs a lot of things done, such as protection against heat and flames, sensors, navigation, fire-fighting behaviours.’'
Text and images via The Herald Sun


to Robo-World

Robots and other high-performance inventions have always been of a vast interest for humanity. A great number of scientists have spent the whole life in their laboratories with one aim – to work out innovative schemes, develop them and create some highest qualitative ranking robot. This engrossing process has reached its peak with the technical push that took place due to the endeavours of a number of brilliant and clear intellects of scientists all over the world. The creative thinking of people doesn’t know any boundaries, it is the inexhaustible forth and for today millions of robots of various kinds are to be found. The most striking fantasies in this sphere are brought successfully into reality and a great number of robots are in service of people in order to make the process of work or manufacturing automatic. It happens so that people and robots go together in this life side by side, in some spheres of life they are even interchangeable and who knows into what this opposition “Robots VS People” will translate.

The Love Machine

Love is a curious thing – never knows when it happens so that you will be overtaken with this feeling and who will be the matter of your sleepless nights. It can be a bonny girl from the next door, a handsome boy from the night-club or… even a cyber creature.

The Personal Robot 

Here is a refreshing variation on a girl’s theme. This robot renders the girl, the cyber one. Interesting concept and well-done model. Its author should have spent not one hour to create such a good example of a robot.

The Co-worker

In the process of the humming work robots can be of a great use for people. With them less time would be spend for the most complicated tasks and the crunch times would take place not so often. The only question that is left – to find such a robot.
In for an overhaul...
Here is the workshop of a person how knows a thing about robots. When something happens with their artificial integrity or perfectly done schemes he always set for help. He is the very person who can repair each mere trifle and adjust the trouble.

Blue Eyes

This human head of the perfect shape is done taking into account each detail. Its streamlined surface repeats all the curves of the human’s face. Professionally done, this piece of work is a worthwhile object for studying.

Another kind of personal robot... 

When you touch gently the lips of your beloved your heart begins to beat speedily, the mind is hazed with pleasant feelings and you fly away. These minutes can fly not so that you’d notice, but they are so sweet and inimitable.

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Title: I’m Robot
Author: Widyantara
Portfolio here

Some time ago, when I was a human being I was dreaming about the perennial youth, the thoughts that were so peculiar for every woman. My dreams turned into life immediately after my death and I have obtained the desired eternity – now I’m a robot.

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Title: Mecha
Author: tinypants
Portfolio here

This robot looks like the one that was made either in correspondence to the model of a human being or using the human’s corpus as the basis. A little bit creepy and at the same time intriguing. Anyway, the excellent model and the great work!

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Title: Personal Robot 02
Author: Franz Steiner
Software: 3ds max
Portfolio here

I’m not sure that it is more pleasant to work in the company of robots, but it definitely has certain advantages. One of the main is the high efficiency of the process of work, furthermore not a lot of time is spent for the idle talks, spreading silly rumors and gossiping.

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Title: MUmorning
Author: David Cabrera
Software: Photoshop
Portfolio here

Early in the morning when you are still sleeping on foot and can not utter distinctly a word this buzzing cute little machine will treat you with strong aromatic coffee. If you only wish, it can add some spices to your taste, for example cinnamon or a peck of red pepper.

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Title: Personal Robot 04
Author: Franz Steiner
Software: 3ds max
Portfolio here

Who will win in this game of chess? When there is the opposition of the mechanical creature and the human intellect it is not easy to predict the outcome of the game. You can make books, but you will never be sure about the results, they are unpredictable.

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Title: Little Robot
Author: wadaka
Software: 3dmax9
Portfolio here

Don’t judge this robot by his appearance. This tiny little thing is really multy-functional and can perform plenty of useful operations. It is done in such a small size with a certain purpose – to be portable and handy. You can take it elsewhere without any difficulties.

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Title: Personal Robot 06
Author: Franz Steiner
Software: 3ds max
Portfolio here

This robot looks like a housekeeper who takes care of everything around. In its duties are household activities and it copes with all the everyday duties without any difficulties in a short time and without procrastination.
Images and text via 

Russian Mogul Plans to Transplant Human Brains to Robot Bodies

Do you want to live forever in a robotic body? If Russian entrepreneur Dmitry Itskov is to be believed he already has plans that will allow humans to inhabit robots in the next ten years.

Itskov, a 31-year-old Russian media entrepreneur already claims he has already hired 100 scientists to make his dream of human immortality come true.

Daily Mail
Russian entrepreneur Dmitry Itskov Plans to Transplant Human Brains to Robot Bodies

"This project is leading down the road to immortality," Itskov, who founded New Media Stars, a Russian company that runs several online news outlets, told Wired. "A person with a perfect Avatar will be able to remain part of society. People don't want to die."

Itskov's project "Avatar" is similar to the Pentagon's own project "Avatar" which envisions surgically transplanting human consciousness to a robot body. Itskov hopes to upload human minds without surgery leaving the human bodies empty while the human owners live on inside robots. Itskov's and the U.S. project are named after the James Cameron movie, "Avatar" where human soldiers can transfer their consciousness into genetically made alien hybrids to live amongst an alien species in a distant world.

Itskov's actually launched his project "Avatar" a year ago but only revealed more details to a group of futurists at a three-day conference called Global Future 2045 in Moscow. Itskov now has plans to involve more scientists in the initiative.

"I want to collaborate with scientists from around the world," he said. "This is a new strategy for the future; for humanity."

The project will develop in different stages. The first phase will involve creating the new body for the human being to inhabit.

"It will have a perfect brain-machine interface to allow control and a human brain life support system so the brain can survive outside the body."

After the first phase, Itskov anticipates transplanting a human mind into the robot body. And within the next 30 years Itskov plans to create hologram-type bodies that can host human consciousness.

"Holograms give plenty of advantages. You can walk through walls, move at the speed of light," he said. "Remember in "Star Wars", Obi-Wan's hologram? That was pretty amazing."

Itskov acknowledges that the project is audacious and certainly not easy but he dismisses the notion that it might not even be scientifically feasible.

"I understand these are some very big challenges for scientists," Itskov admits. "But I believe in something you call 'The American Dream.' If you put all your energy and time into something, you can make it a reality."
Text and images via International Business Times 

Humanoid Robot

This is a very life-like humanoid called Jules. Humanoids are any being whose body structure resembles that of a human. In the case of Jules, because he is a robot - that would place him in the 'android' category.

Text and images via Manic World 

Japanese humanoid robot 

laughs and smiles

A model (R) touches the face of a humanoid robot called "Geminoid-F" (L)
A model (R) touches the face of a humanoid robot called "Geminoid-F" (L) at a press conference in Osaka. Japanese researchers said Saturday they have developed a humanoid robot that can laugh and smile as it mimics a person's facial expressions.

Japanese researchers said Saturday they have developed a humanoid robot that can laugh and smile as it mimics a person's facial expressions.
The robot, Geminoid TMF, can move its rubber facial skin to imitate a smile, a laugh showing teeth, and a grim look with furrowed brows, by receiving electric signals from the person it is modeled on.
The researchers demonstrated with a robot made to look exactly like an attractive woman in her 20s with long dark hair. The woman and the robot were dressed in the same clothes - a black skirt and black leather jacket.
The robot smiled and furrowed its brow in almost simultaneous mimicry of the woman, whose face was filmed with a video camera which then provided information on her expressions to the robot through electric signals.
"I felt like I had a twin sister," the woman told reporters afterwards.
The developers said they expected the robot to be eventually used in real-life situations, for example in hospitals.

"We've already got some data showing that the robot gave patients psychological security by nodding and smiling at them, when patients were checked on by doctors," said Satoko Inoue, spokeswoman for Kokoro, one of the two companies involved in the development.
"A new technology always creates some fears and negative opinions," but the researchers wanted to make robots that could express something similar to human emotions, said Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor at Osaka University who led the research.
Copies of the robot are expected to be sold for about 10 million yen (110,000 dollars), mainly to robotics research organisations, Ishiguro said, without giving a timeframe.

Text and images via Physorg 

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