Domo

Domo

Engineers at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group have developed a robot called Domo that can adapt to situations to assist people with everyday chores, everyday life, everyday work. Cameras inside Domo’s eyes enable him to see and adapt to his surroundings. Twenty-nine motors equipped with computer chips run off a dozen computers continuously updating information.

Presently, Domo can identify objects, reach for them and place them on shelves. Unlike an assembly-line robot, Domo can sense its surroundings using a pair of video cameras for eyes; they are connected to 12 computers. The cameras are built into remarkably human-looking “eyeballs,” for a reason, said Domo’s developer, Aaron Edsinger.

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Domo has been designed to tune into unexpected motion, allowing it to function within human environments. It is especially sensitive to human faces, which is necessary for social interaction. When Domo spots motion resembling a human face, the robot locks on it.

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Unlike its predecessors, Domo also has the ability to sense touch, necessary for safe interaction with humans. Springs in its arms, hands and neck can sense force, allowing it to respond appropriately. Pushing its hand will make it move in the direction of the push.

The name “Domo” was inspired by the Japanese phrase, domo arigato [thank you very much], Edsinger told LiveScience, and also by the Styx song, “Mr. Roboto.” Also, the two strong syllables are easy for the speech recognition system to understand.

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