Disneyland's Future Robots Could Grab Your Bags
Disney's Research arm just released a video showing a project to design humanoid robots that can participate in a natural interaction with a human. In this case, that interaction is the passing of an object, such as a bottle or a bag, between the human and the robot. But that's not as easy as it sounds. The robot has to anticipate an object about to be passed and adapt its motion while observing the human and tapping into a human motion database to make the exchange as natural as possible. To test the effectiveness of its project, the researchers conducted experiments that "teased" the robot, though I'm sure no name calling was involved.