First and foremost, this little critter is awfully cute, all dressed in red and white. Moreover, he is a roller – skating droid that is able to stay engaged in a conversation with a human without benefiting from a pre-made script.
Who invented it and why? The Japanese of course, namely Hitachi. What is it good for? Well, consider the EMIEW2 android a fun companion to have around the house and play with children, unless you want to use it as a personal assistant.
The Hitachi engineers programmed the little robot to understand a few questions and answers a human speaks and a palette of human gestures, like nods for instance. The robot selects a few key – words that were spoken by the human and tries to get the meaning of the question or phrase. Before giving you an answer, however, it will repeat the question for confirmation and then give you feedback.
What about the sense of humor? This guy is a trickster. It uses the confirmation question so it can deliver a joke back to you. He can give you a puzzling and weird answer only to puzzle you some more when he says something like “I’m kidding”, followed by the real answer to your question.
According to the ones reporting on the little riddler,
Hitachi’s Hisashi Ikeda said while the robot’s sense of humor may not be very refined at present, the ability to comprehend reactions was an important step forward. “The new technology makes it possible for a robot to understand what a human means, even if they only gesture,” he said.
Let’s see some tech specs, however, as we understood that EMIEW2 android was the funniest robotic invention so far:
The Hitachi humanoid robot Emiew2 is 31 inches (80 centimeters) tall and weighs 14 kilograms (30 pounds). It moves on wheeled legs and is equipped with 14 microphones on its helmet that can pick out human voices from background noise.
He is not a vacuum cleaner, nor Samsung’s vigilante robot, nor something the U.N. representatives fear. But in all fairness, while of little use for now, the EMIEW2 android represents a huge step in the science of robotics. It can begin to understand what a human means and it can be developed to interact with us for positive, peaceful and even entertaining purposes.