The Elumotion team designed and built the hands, limbs, and body of Berti to mirror nature. Elumotion co-founder Craig Fletcher told Silicon.com that it's the most complex control system the company has developed.
The specially designed hands, seen here, can move in several different ways--the thumb can move separately from the fingers, for example--which together with the arm can accurately portray the movements of a human being.
Berti can also be set up to play the game rock, paper, scissors with a human. It randomly generates the three hand shapes for the game and by using a range of sensors is able to tell whether it's won, lost, or drawn the contest. In this case, Berti won.
Also on show at the Science Museum was Erwin (emotional robot with intelligent networks), a robot aimed at putting a face to robotics. Developed by the computer science department at the University of Hertfordshire, Erwin is able to play a version of peek-a-boo. Here it's the brown tubes that form a frown as the robot's camera can't detect a human face.
This robot nursery is also a University of Hertfordshire project. The idea is for a robot--in this case a dog--to explore its surroundings and react to what it discovers.
The robot can make out certain objects by comparing them to images stored on it. When it fails to discern something, it becomes "distressed," indicated by a red light appearing on its head. It can then be reassured by someone stroking it--or swiping a sensor on its back.
The robot is also able to recognize human faces and will react by wagging its tail and ears if it sees someone.