Scientists and engineers at Florida Atlantic University have presented the new robot dog defined as “intelligent” that “sees and hears.” Unlike other robot dogs, this time the researchers thought they also had an aesthetic side: in addition to being a quadruped, the robot is characterized by a head, printed in 3D, which makes it look like a Doberman.
Precisely the head, in any case, serves to contain the computerized brain whose decisions are based on the techniques of deep learning and in general of artificial intelligence. The computer in the dog’s head is in fact “trained” through a deep neural network, a sort of basic computerized simulation of the brain.
This means that the dog should learn from the experience following all the data it receives through the sensors, cameras and microphones it is equipped with. It around 90 pounds, it is still considered by its creators a puppy in training.
For the moment the robot is able to respond to commands such as “sit down,” “get up,” and “lie down.” According to the creators themselves, however, it should also be able to understand and respond to manual signals and voice signals in various languages. It might even recognize the hands and faces of other dogs.
However, it is not a mere toy: the main missions it can carry out are related to safety. It will be able to detect the presence of guns, explosives, and anything else dangerous to help police and security personnel. It could also be used as a service dog for the blind or as a rescuer for search and rescue missions following natural disasters, such as hurricanes or earthquakes.
The robot has in fact been designed to be able to move even in uneven terrain and could make autonomous decisions, therefore not simply being dependent on the commands entered remotely.
The various sensory inputs are processed by a special Nvidia Jetson TX2 graphics card with four combined teraflops of computing power.
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