Saturday, April 19, 2008
MDS - Mobile Dexterous Social
I must be on a robots kick right now. I love robots and I especially love the fact that so much is happening at my favorite schools (MIT and UMass Amherst).
MDS doesn't stand for Myelodysplastic Syndrome if you're with the MIT Personal Robots Group. Instead, it stands for: Mobile Dexterous Social
Nexi has a face that is capable of displaying various emotions. This was made possible through collaborative efforts with Xitome Design. Doesn't the chassis remind you of a Segway? The chassis was developed by the Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics - University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of Nexi involves the social learning component. How do robots learn to interact with people? If Nexi can mimic human expression, that can elevate the level of communication with people. After all, we're naturally expressive beings and emotions play a key part of our lives.