Video: Robots Recognize Human Gestures

A*Star Institute for Infocomm Research has created gesture recognition software  that lets robots recognize human gestures.  (Source: Measureand Inc.)
A*Star Institute for Infocomm Research has created gesture recognition software
that lets robots recognize human gestures.
(Source: Measureand Inc.)

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bobjengr   6/21/2012 7:27:14 PM

Truly amazing!  I am also amazed at the speed in which the robotic system duplicates the movement of the shape tape and the degrees of freedom exhibited by the arm.   If the robots get much more sophistificated we will have to make sure the designers employ Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

I suspect we have a long way to go but it seems to me the progress  is consistent and steady.  Great article Ann.

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Re: Taking a page from gamers
Charles Murray   6/21/2012 9:23:58 PM
The ShapeTape truly is amazing, especially in terms of its real-time capabilities. Thanks, Ann.  

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Ann R. Thryft   6/22/2012 12:12:31 PM
Thanks, Bob. Glad you like my articles on robots. Some truly amazing things are being done in robotics. I think you're right: we may need Asimov's 3 laws sooner than we realize: I just submitted a story on a swimming robot. Of course, if you think the future is going to go more along the lines of the Terminator story-line, then it may be already too late, lol.

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Re: Taking a page from gamers
Ann R. Thryft   6/22/2012 12:31:27 PM
Chuck, I think the ShapeTape almost deserves its own story, although it's not really used in apps we cover. Those include motion-capture techniques for animated movies: I've seen two that use a similar (if not the same) technology, and both were considered ground-breaking. One is the animated film based on Beowulf with Angelina Jolie playing Grendel's mom, and the other was A Scanner Darkly, based on a Philip K. Dick novel.

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