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Humanoid Robots

Robotics for everyone

Programming a robot is usually left to the software experts. However, the young Luxembourg company LuxAI has developed an interface that allows technical amateurs to set up intelligent machines for their own purposes - robotics for everyone.

13 Jun. 2018
Source: LuxAi
Source: LuxAi

It also allows inexperienced programmers to prepare robots for use as vocabulary-learning assistants, in therapy with autistic children, or in care of the elderly. LuxAI founders Pouyan Ziafati and Aida Nazarikhorram have driven the development of their "QTRobot" jointly with the Autonomous Robot Lab at the University of Luxembourg. The startup is a spin-off of the university. The young entrepreneur' aim is to use their "social robot" where there is existing technical knowledge, such as among physicians or educators, but IT experts' knowledge is missing. Intuitive programming opens up a variety of options for use. "Our vision is a society in which social robots can be integrated seamlessly", says Ziafati. However, the machines should never replace qualified expert staff. "But they can help, as they have unlimited time to take on routine tasks."

An Attentive Colleague

ARMAR 6, the newest member of theKarlsruhe Institute (KIT) for Technology's ARMAR robot family, is currently going to school with the British online supermarket Ocado. This is where it is learning how to react even faster to language commands, and to sense, more and more in advance, just what its human partner needs – such as the right tool in an assembly job.