Self-developing, adaptive robots soon to be available – thanks to Darwin

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The iRobis Brainstorm® technology facilitates and accelerates the development of humanoid self-learning robots – like this little fella. HR-2 walks, talks, imitates and “evolves”. He is already 3 years old by now (he was a prototype developed within 3 months with help of the early Brainstorm® system), but the video about HR-2′s abilities is still worth watching. Want! [picture: Almir Heralic]

From the press release: “The Institute of Robotics in Scandinavia (iRobis) has announced that the world’s first “complete cognitive software system for robotics” is ready for application. The system turns robots into self-developing, adaptive, problem-solving, “thinking” machines. Brainstorm® automatically adapts to on-board sensors and actuators, immediately builds a model of any robot on which it is installed, and automatically writes control programs for the robot’s movements. It can then explore and model its environment. Through simulated interaction using these models, it solves problems and develops new behavior using “imagination.” Once it has “learned” to do something, it can use its imagination to adapt its behavior to a wide range of circumstances. A methodology known as genetic programming (GP) is “the trick” that makes it all possible. GP is an automated programming methodology inspired by natural evolution that is used to evolve computer programs.”

You can’t download their system right away – iRobis is rather looking for high-potential partners/companies/researchers with whom they can develop prototypes like toys or perhaps household robots. Please hurry – I really want some kind of little robot fella on my desktop or maybe a little bit larger so he can get me a coffee or pizza from the kitchen.

Here’s the full iRobis press release

Digg deeper: More information about the technology and history behind iRobis Brainstorm® by Roger F. Gay


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2 thoughts on “Self-developing, adaptive robots soon to be available – thanks to Darwin

  1. aiguy schreibt:

    It is interesting concept on how the development team used Genetic Programming to develop the software for this toy. In my opinion this robot will have limited applications, perhaps high risk military operations such as mine searching. The principal Dr. Nordin has been developing the AIMGP tool kit for some time.

  2. yes it’s been around for along time – the HR-2 toybot was developed in 2005. I think there’s potential in iRobis’ Brainstorm kit nevertheless, especially for toy bots like the example, teacher bots and – hopefully – butler bots (some day!).

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