Tag Archives: Speech

Talking Hands

Sign language was a huge step for the deaf community to communicate with others. However, the population at large isn’t trained in sign language, making life even more difficult. That is, until these two students from the University of Washington came along.   Sophomores Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor won the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for creating […]

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Robot Helps Kids During Treatments

Going to the hospital may be scary for some, especially kids. Now there’s a way for kids to reduce that fear, through interaction with RxRobot’s MEDi. MEDi stands 23 inches tall, has 25 degrees of freedom, and is equipped with cognitive behavioral skills. The robot talks to kids about the procedures that they’re about to […]

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Hitchhiker bot

Admit it. What do you usually do when you see a hitchhiker on the side of a street? Ditch ’em, not hitch ’em, right? What if there was a robot there instead? Built by Frauke Zeller, a Ryerson University communications professor, hitchBOT is complex enough to hold a conversation with other people. Within a few […]

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Finger-ring reads books to the blind

According to the World Health Organization, 285 million people are visually impaired, with 39 million of them being blind. To assist the visually impaired in reading, researchers from the MIT Media Lab have recently developed a ring-shaped device that will read to the wearer. After putting the device on their finger, the user runs that finger […]

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Robot News Anchors!


Some news anchors already can’t help but act and look robotic when giving us the news. But that isn’t enough for Japan. They want actual robots giving us the news. Dubbed Kodomoroid and Otonaroid, the two robots developed by Professor Hirosho Ishiguro of Osaka University look scarily human, yet have decent anchoring skills. The robots, […]

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My Automated Conversation coacH

A lot of the time, the way that you speak is just as important as the selection of words. However, analyzing speaking habits is much harder than diction, so how do you even prepare for that crucial job interview? Well, researchers at MIT have created a robot that can help you with that. My Automated […]

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Can Robots Be Our Friends?

I know the answer to that question for me personally is an undeniable YES! just look at the cute, awesome robots that the Yale-led research team have been working on. The group, under the direction of Yale Computer Science Professor Brian Scassellati will spend the next five years developing a new breed of sophisticated “socially assistive” robots for helping people […]

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