BERTI Robot Gestures, Plays Rock-Paper-Scissors

The BERTI robot has made its public debut at London's Science Museum today. BERTI, which stands for Bristol Elumotion Robotic Torso 1, has been designed to produce "credible conversational gestures" by its designers at Elumotion Ltd.


(BERTI robot - Bristol Elumotion Robotic Torso 1)

In order to investigate the above hypotheses participant studies are being conducted where naive users assess the gesture production system. An initial pilot study has been conducted to assess gesture features that are salient to the experimental participants; briefly these were timing, smoothness, natural posture at endpoints and gesture shape (trajectory). These features and other data from the pilot study are being used to inform the design and assessment of future experiments.In the first of the informed experiments we have carried out participants compared the performance of the robot with a video recording of their own performance. The robot performance rated highly in the four metrics despite a significantly poorer rating in similarity with each users performance; this is a promising initial result.

Take a look at this video of BERTI the gesturing robot in action.


(The gestures performed are (in order):
Open hand supine
Open hand: vertical palm
Open hand prone: vertical palm
Open hand prone

From Bristol Robotics Laboratory)

At the London Science Museum, BERTI plays rock-paper-scissors with visitors. When visitors make use of a sensor glove, BERTI can make the determination as to who won the game.


(BERTI Robot rock, paper, scissors video)

My personal favorite science fictional gesturing robot is of course the one in the 1960's era American television series Lost in Space. Danger, Will Robinson!


(The Robot is understandably alarmed)

From Metro UK and Bristol Robotics Laboratory.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 2/17/2009)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 2 )

Related News Stories - (" Robotics ")

Tesla Will Have Metal Gear Snake Autocoupler, Musk Confirms
'Its motion was so swift, complex, and perfect that at first I did not see it as a machine, in spite of its metallic glitter.' - HG Wells, 1898.

I Love Ceiling-Mounted Robots
'Immediately an enormous apparatus fell on to her out of the ceiling...' - EM Forster, 1911.

Salto Jumping Robot Now Sticks Landing!
'Lucky touched the leap knob and the hopper's leg retracted.' - Isaac Asimov, 1954.

It's Time For Robots With Soft, Sensitive Skin
Sure, solid metal skin robots looked great once - like in science fiction movies of the 1920's.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

Jet-Powered Flying Suits Tested By Navy
'With his motor in operation, he moves like a diver, head foremost...'

Pub Installs Electrified Fence Around Bar
'I start twelve immensely strong wires--naked, not insulated --from a big dynamo...'

What Does A Tesla Full Self-Driving Car See?
'All objects within my panoramic gaze trembled and vibrated like quick motion pictures...'

BioVYZR Is Ready, Anti-Covid19 PAPR Lovers
'Some clad in the insulated space-suits, with their transparent glassite helmets.'

Tesla Will Have Metal Gear Snake Autocoupler, Musk Confirms
'Its motion was so swift, complex, and perfect that at first I did not see it as a machine, in spite of its metallic glitter.'

Starlink Satellites Leading Edge On-Orbit Debris Mitigation
Propulsion-assisted orbital decay, brought to you by SpaceX.

Healight Ultraviolet Endotracheal Device Has Covid-19 Treatment Potential
'He applied the tip of the instrument to the interior of the wound...'

Parents Use AI To See One Last Message From Their Deceased Son
'...what's to keep me from showing face, Man?'

Satoshi Tomizu Creates Pocket Universes And Worldcraft Bubbles In Glass
'The Worldcraft bubble glittered, catching the light...'

Space Hero Inc. Offers Trip To ISS As Reality Show Prize
'This is Elmer Schmitz, presenting to you the finalists in our Aviation Quiz Program...'

I Love Ceiling-Mounted Robots
'Immediately an enormous apparatus fell on to her out of the ceiling...'

Armano Remote Control Excavator
'The bulldozer moved through the... mine... '

OK, NASA 3D Printer Of Food Not Yet Star Trek Food Synthesizer
Maybe not, but we're seeing definite progress.

Kelly Clarkson Show Like Black Mirror '15 Million Merits'
'These people are pieces of software called avatars.'

Salto Jumping Robot Now Sticks Landing!
'Lucky touched the leap knob and the hopper's leg retracted.'

Gyroscopic Median-Straddling Mass Transit Vehicles
'It was among these leviathans that the little gyrocar was daring to thrust its puny self...'

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.