News about this Rock Paper Scissors-playing robotic hand has been buzzing because people seem to think it’s novel and cute.
Mocking the slow reflexes of humankind is not novel and not cute. This is more like a total dig and a little kid saying ‘nyah nyah’ and then blowing mankind a big old raspberry. It’s our first glimpse at just how responsive robots will become in the very near future.
Developed at the Ishikawa Oku lab in Tokyo, researchers say they ‘wanted to show what human-machine cooperation systems are all about.’
A high-speed camera recognizes the shape of the human hand and one millisecond later, is able to determine what the result will be and throw the winning sign….every time…without fail.
Sure there’s a lot of awesomely respectable things that this kind of technology could be used for.
That’s all well and good but a human-robot interface with this kind of response time is bringing something even cooler closer to being a reality…
Robot versus robot fights ala Real Steel!