Author Archives: Rossum

Amazon DeepRacer and global racing league

A few days ago, Amazon announced the DeepRacer robot car, simulator, and global racing league. What is DeepRacer? DeepRacer is an model racing car with some basic sensors, high quality camera, an accelerometer and a gyroscope, designed for research in Reinforcement Learning. The on-board computer is a dual core Intel Atom with access to 4GB… Read More »

“Chess Terminator” plays blitz chess with Vladimir Kramnik

Fans of the game of chess surely remember former world champion Vladimir Kramnik, who held the title back in 2006, but the most recent news regarding the Russian gross-master comes from the world of robotics. Kramnik was the sparring partner for a chess-playing robot called “Chess Terminator”, designed by Konstantin Kosteniuk, who is the father… Read More »

Geminoid F takes up acting

The highly realistic android called Geminoid F has been placed in a Japanese play called “Good-bye” and presented at a Tokyo Art Festival. The robot, which costs around $1.2 million, can mostly just sit, but she can also move her head and change her facial expressions. Another actress stands behind the stage feeding her her… Read More »

Turkey’s scientists unveil their own humanoid robot

This might come as a surprise to some, but it’s not just the far east, Europe and the US that are involved in the humanoid-building industry. Proof of that is Turkey’s brand new SURALP (Sabanci University Robot Research Laboratory Platform) robot, which was unveiled after an eight year development process. The robot is rather straight-forward… Read More »