Ladies and gentlemen. A portion of the future we were promised is here: Dancing Robots (wmv movie file).
The robot in question is the Sony Dream Robot, Qrio. Qrio is the world's first running humanoid robot. Check out these photos of QRIO in action.
In order to achieve stable motion control for conventional humanoid robots, either one or both feet needed to be touching the floor and, from the opposing force produced by the contact with either of the feet, motion such as walking was controlled. This is the control theory based on the so called ZMP (Zero Moment Point) stable range and forms the foundation of robot motion control.
The new 'walking, jumping, running movement control' technology which Sony has developed this time accomplishes motion involving both feet losing contact with the floor at the same time, which means it is a motion control technology enabling stable running and jumping. The seamless addition of motion control based on this new technology enabling running and jumping, has lead to the development of a robot having outstanding motion capabilities.
While searching for Qrio links, I stumbled across this blog: B3 Annex - Blogging from Tokyo
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These maps of the internet look eerily like giant neural networks.
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