Why are those robots making faces at us?, Ep. 201This week on Crave, we meet some robots who make funny faces and other robots who make espresso. And Matthew McConaughey is crying just a little too hard over movie trailers.
Hey guys. My name is Stephen Beacham, and here's what happening this week on CNet's crave blog. Researchers at Cornell University and robotics fans on the internet have trained a PR2 robot to autonomously make coffee based on objects the robot recognizes in a database of images. The robot was able to figure out the corresponding action needed to perform each object it observed even though it had never seen an espresso machine before in its life. The robo-barista was able to identify a lever on An espresso machine based on an image of a urinal handle it had in it's database previously and figured out the correct movement coordinates to grasp and activate that handle on the espresso machine. If you are interested in helping the robot learn more tasks, you can sign up to be part of the Robo-Barista Project at Cornell's website and read more about the Robo-Brain Project On the crave blog post. Professional chorus singer Aaron Johnson who also happens to be an affiliate faculty member at the bioimaging science and technology group at the Beckman Institute in Illinois jumped into a new super fast MRI machine capable of capturing video at 100 frames per second and sang the song If I Only Had a Brain. Johnson, and many scientists, are interested in how the muscles in our face work together in concert to produce the sounds humans make. Johnson also expressed some interest in learning how our vocal cords change over time as we age and how those changes affect the quality of our voice. Oh, I could tell you why [MUSIC] The Avengers: Age of Ultron is coming out next week and, in honor of the film's release, fan boy and evil genius maker, Patrick Prieb, has created a working Iron Man power glove that can do some serious damage. In this video he devastates some balloons and burns some wooden pieces with a high powered laser. And it looks awesome and scary. This isn't Patrick's first walk in the park with laser stuff, however, a few years ago Craig reported on the Iron Man laser gauntlet that he produced and showed off on his YouTube channel called Laser-Gadgets where you can check out more of his laser creations. Hansen Robotics recently showed up Their newest humanoid robot, Han, at the Global Sources Electronics Fair in Hong Kong. [MUSIC] Han is capable of making multiple facial expressions that are created using 40 small motors underneath the skin on his face which is made of a material called frubber which is short for flesh rubber. Which was Patented by the robotics maker. Han is equipped with facial recognition software, so he will always look you in the eyes while speaking and react accordingly to facial expressions you might make during your awkward conversation. Hanson Robotics plans on commercializing its robotic systems using another humanoid robot named Eva, which might be employed for educational purposes Aged care or even medical training application. All right guys that's our show. Thank you very much for watching. As always you can find all these news stories you've seen at crave blog at crave.cnet.com. Make sure you follow Crave on twitter @crave. And she got this weeks Crave giveaway. This weeks Crave giveaway is the Braven Lux portable Bluetooth speaker. This Bluetooth speaker has a built in power bank for charging your devices. Go to the blog and enter to win. Come on. All right. [MUSIC] The force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] We're home. [UNKNOWN] Star Wars, the force awakens. [MUSIC]