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Indian Robot Dancers @ Shanghai Disneyland?!

Did China create these amazing Indian robot dancers at the Shanghai Disneyland?!

Watch the viral clip for yourself, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : China Created Indian Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!

Here is the video that people are sharing on WhatsApp and social media platforms. It is often paired with a short explanation in English.

Watch this dance carefully. Dancing at Disneyland in Shanghai. These two are not human dancers, *But two robots made in China. *The duration of the dance h is only five minutes. But the waiting time to buy tickets to see this dance is 4 hours. Tickets to see this dance cost 499 yuan, which is equivalent to 75 dollars. Robots’ facial expressions are so perfect that it’s hard to distinguish them from real people.

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They Are NOT Indian Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!

The agility and grace of these dancers are amazing, but they are NOT Indian robot dancers created by China for Shanghai Disneyland!

The less gullible would point out that it is something you would only expect from human Indian dancers, and they would be right.

Fact #1 : This Is An Old Video From 2017

While this video has only started circulating in April-May 2023, the original video was posted on YouTube in August 2017 – more than 5 years ago!

The original video is called “Vahana Alarippu: Bharatanatyam Dance | Best of Indian Classical Dance”, and is 23 seconds longer than the viral video, with a different audio track.

Fact #2 : Those Are Professional Indian Classical Dancers!

The two dancers are professional Indian classical dancers called Sophia Salingaros and Isha Parupudi.

It is unknown where this dance actually took place. The description did not mention a location. But it is more than certain that this dance did not occur at the Shanghai Disneyland!

Fact #3 : 499 Yuan Was Old Entry Price To Shanghai Disneyland

The fake story claimed that the ticket to watch this performance costs 499 Yuan – about US$73 / £55 / RM303. That would be ridiculously exorbitant for a single show.

In truth, that was the cost of an entry ticket to the Shanghai Disneyland when it first opened in February 2016.

Since 6 June 2018, it has been priced at 399 Yuan (off-peak), 575 Yuan (peak) and 665 Yuan (peak holiday).

In 23 June 2023, Shanghai Disneyland raised prices again, with a Regular ticket at 435 Yuan. Regular Plus ticket at 545 Yuan, Peak ticket at 659 Yuan, and Peak Plus ticket at 769 Yuan.

Fact #4 : Disneyland Does Not Charge Extra To Watch Certain Shows

Anyone who has been to Disneyland knows that the entry fee is pricey. That’s because it covers all rides and shows inside Disneyland.

You only need to pay for food and drinks, and arcade games. Or if you opt to purchase Disney Fastpasses (Fastpass, FastPass+, MaxPass) to bypass long queues at popular rides or shows.

Otherwise, all rides and shows are free to enjoy once you enter Disneyland.

Fact #5 : That Is The Third Fake Video Of Shanghai Disneyland Robot Dancers!

This is actually the third fake video of robot dancers at the Shanghai Disneyland. It’s absurd how people keep passing off videos of real dancers as robot dancers!

This one circulated earlier, claiming to be of a female robot dancer that handily beats all Japanese made-robots. In truth, the fake news creator took the video clip from the 2018 World Dance Sport Federation Championship in Lithuania…

Read more : Did China Create This Amazing Female Dancing Robot?

And this video was taken from a Chinese Ballroom Dance Federation (CBDF) competition

Read more : Are These Shanghai Disneyland Robot Dancers Real?!

 

 

Who Would Create Fake Story About Indian Robot Dancers?

With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories and fake videos being created and shared.

Some believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas. Others believe the many fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.

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Did Boston Dynamics Just Create A Fighting Robot?!

Did Boston Dynamics just introduce a fighting robot that could replace soldiers on the battlefield?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Boston Dynamics Shows Off A Fighting Robot!

People are sharing a TikTok video which claims to show a Boston Dynamics robot that is capable of fighting, and could replace soldiers on the battlefield!

Gabor Gurbacs : Politicians are focusing on crypto regulation, meanwhile robots and AI building essential skills to take over the planet. Boston Dynamics robots now have martial arts and fighting skills. What could go wrong…

Velina Tchakarova : Why is Boston Dynamics teaching their robots how to fight?

Leo Rezaei : 🥊🥋 Boston Dynamics Robot training to fight?! @BostonDynamics

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Truth : That Is Not A Boston Dynamics Fighting Robot!

This is yet another example of fake TikTok videos, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Boston Dynamics Does Not Have A TikTok Account

First of all, I should just point out that Boston Dynamics does not have a TikTok account. It only has a YouTube channel.

Fact #2 : Fighting Robot Video Was CGI Generated

The @boston_dynamics TikTok account is a parody account called Botsom_Dynamics – a play on the name of the famed American robotics company.

That TikTok channel post robotics-related videos, but a number of obviously computer-generated graphics videos. But even if you didn’t know that, you can see that the video was CGI generated, if you look and listen carefully.

For example, when the robot does a backflip, you can hear its landing thump just before its feet actually hit the ground. There is also an odd “pow” sound effect when the robot makes a punch. Even worse – for all of its explosive moves, the robot does not kick up any dust, or damage the ground or grass in any way.

And if you look carefully, the entire robot actually floats over the ground a second before the video ends. This only appears in the original 11 second-long video which I uploaded above. The viral video clip on Twitter appears to cut out that part, and is much shorter at just 6 seconds.

Fact #3 : That Is Not The Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot

The robot in the viral video looks superficially like the Atlas robot that Boston Dynamics showed off in 2011. But if you look carefully, you will see that it really isn’t the Atlas.

For one thing – Atlas has a prominent Boston Dynamics logo on its front carapace, which is a two-piece design. The real Atlas also has a white webbed frame at the back.

The fake fighting robot has a one-piece front carapace without any logo, and a covered black back. The design of this CGI fighting robot was likely simplified to make it easier and faster to create and render.

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Fact #4 : Boston Dynamics Forbid Using Their Robots As Weapons

Finally, I think it is important to note that Boston Dynamics refuses to partner with anyone who wishes to use their robots as weapons or autonomous targeting systems, as part of their Ethical Principles.

We will not weaponize our robots

We will not authorize nor partner with those who wish to use our robots as weapons or autonomous targeting systems. If our products are being used for harm, we will take appropriate measures to mitigate that misuse.

In addition, Boston Dynamics customers are prohibited from using their robots as weapons or autonomous targeting systems. Their Terms and Conditions of Sale specifically prohibits weaponising their robots.

We pledge that we will not weaponize our advanced-mobility general-purpose robots or the software we develop that enables advanced robotics and we will not support others to do so. When possible, we will carefully review our customers’ intended applications to avoid potential weaponization. We also pledge to explore the development of technological features that could mitigate or reduce these risks

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Fact #5 : This Is Just Another Fake TikTok Video

This is yet another example of fake videos on TikTok created to generate money through advertising, just like these examples:

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Roborock S8 Series Robot Vacuum Cleaners Launched!

Roborock just launched its S8 series of AI-powered robot vacuum cleaners! Here is what you need to know!

 

Roborock S8 Series Robot Vacuum Cleaners Launched!

On Thursday, 23 March 2023, Roborock launched its Roborock S8 series of AI-powered robot cleaners in Malaysia. The Roborock S8 vacuum cleaner series consists of three models:

  • Roborock S8 Pro Ultra
  • Roborock S8+ (S8 Plus)
  • Roborock S8

All three Roborock S8 models feature a new cleaning system with two rubber roller brushes, instead of just a single brush in previous models. The dual roller brushes improves its dust pickup, while more effectively tackling matter hair.

All three models also come with higher suction power – up to 6,000 Pa, for a superior cleaning performance. They also feature the Roborock Carpet Boost+ System, which boasts 30% better hair pick-up rate by identifying carpets using ultrasound so the vacuum lifts itself over them and increases suction power for better cleaning.

These robot vacuums also used 3D structured light and infra-red imaging technology to identify and avoid potential hazards on the floor, whether it’s bright or dark.

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The top-of-the-line S8 Pro Ultra comes with the new RockDock Ultra system, which delivers automatic mop cleaning, dust emptying and refilling, and self-cleaning.

When the S8 Pro Ultra is in the mopping mode, its dual brush system automatically raises 6 mm to prevent cross-contamination when it returns to the docking station. In addition, it uses warm air drying to prevent mould and odours developing on the mop pad and dock.

The VibraRise 2.0 Mopping System is available on the S8 Pro Ultra and the S8+ models, vibrating at 3,000 times per minute to remove stains from floors. The S8 Pro Ultra comes with two vibration modes for the best possible cleaning in different situations.

 

Roborock S8 Series Robot Vacuum Cleaners : Price + Availability

These new Roborock vacuum cleaners is available for purchase, at these official launch prices:

  • Roborock S8 Pro Ultra : RM 5,599 / S$1,759.90 (~US$1,267 / £1,030 / A$1,886 / S$1,681)
  • Roborock S8 Plus : RM 3,999 (~US$905 / £736 / A$1,347 / S$1,200)
  • Roborock S8 : RM 2,699 / S$799.90 (~US$611 / £497 / A$909 / S$810)

Here in Malaysia, these Roborock robot vacuum cleaners are available at AiHome stores in IOI City Mall, One Utama, Mid Valley Megamall, Setapak Central Mall, Sunway Velocity, and iGadgets Pavilion Bukit Jalil.

Online, you can find these Roborock vacuum cleaners at these official stores:

 

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Is King of Bahrain Protected By A Robot Bodyguard?!

Did the King of Bahrain arrive in Dubai with a US$7.4 million robot bodyguard with machine guns and tasers?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : King of Bahrain Is Protected By A Robot Bodyguard!

A video with these messages has gone viral on WhatsApp and social media, claiming to show the King of Bahrain arriving in Dubai with his robot bodyguard!

King of Bahrain arrives in Dubai with his Robot bodyguard of IR 4.0
It can speak 6 languages. It can rescue him literally carry him from mobs. It can physically fight, chase, shoot & armed with an electric teaser, an undisclosed 360 deg camera.
The AI guard cost about US $7.4 M

The king of Bahrain arrives in Dubai with his robot bodyguard. It speaks six languages,able to rescue the king from mobs,it can physically fight,chase and shoot. It is armed with an electric teaser and an undisclosed 360 degree camera system,a set of infrared cameras and three hidden machine guns with enough ammunition to fight up to 1050 men,besides a laser guided sniper machine gun. It also carries medicine and water. This robot cost around US 7.4 million, small change to oil rich Arab nation. An amazing development of the 4th Industrial Revolution!😅

The king of Bahrain arrives in Dubai with his robot bodyguard! The fourth industrial revolution is changing the world. Previously the population of a country determined its global power because of soldiers it could deploy. Now nations will be deploying robots into battle!

 

Truth : King of Bahrain Is Not Protected By A Robot Bodyguard!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated on WhatsApp and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Video Was Recorded In Abu Dhabi, Not Dubai

The video  does not show the King of Bahrain arriving in Dubai. It was recorded on 19 February 2019, at the 2019 International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi.

While both Dubai and Abu Dhabi are in the UAE (United Arab Emirates), they are separate emirates. Dubai is about an hour’s drive away from Abu Dhabi.

Fact #2 : That Is Not The King of Bahrain

The man seen in the video walking in front of the robot is not the King of Bahrain, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Fact #3 : Titan Is Adorned With UAE Flags, Not Bahrain

If you look carefully, Titan is adorned with UAE flags, not the flag of Bahrain. That’s because it’s being exhibited in the UAE.

If this was really the robot bodyguard of the King of Bahrain, it would have been adorned with the flag of Bahrain, not the flag of the UAE.

Fact #4 : That Is Titan The Robot

The robot behind him isn’t the man’s bodyguard, never mind the bodyguard of the King of Bahrain. It is called Titan the Robot, and it was made by a British company called Cyberstein, as the world’s first entertainment robot!

The world-famous Titan the Robot is the ultimate family entertainment show and Titan’s comedic antics are adored by children and adults alike.

Titan’s show can also be easily adapted to any situation and works very well as corporate entertainment or for enticing clients to your exhibition stand.

Fact #4 : Titan The Robot Is A Costume With A Person Inside

Titan the Robot isn’t even a real robot, but is really a humanoid robot costume worn by a human actor who moves its appendages, and controls electronic functions like light and sound effects.

Needless to say, Titan does not have any machine guns, or sniper rifles, or tasers hidden inside. Only a human being. In fact, the costume only weighs 60 kg!

Fact #5 : Titan The Robot Is Not For Sale

Cyberstein does not sell Titan because it needs an actor to use the costume, but anyone can book it to perform at family, corporate and international events!

Titan the the Robot is based in the UK, but he is available worldwide and has performed in over 50 countries to date. Titan’s show can be configured for any kind of event and the footfall he creates in shopping malls is legendary.

Cyberstein has never stated how much Titan the Robot costs, but it is ludicrous to claim that a robot costume would cost US$7.4 million.

Fact #6 : Titan The Robot Is Over 18 Years Old!

While the viral posts suggest that this is a new robot bodyguard that the King of Bahrain purchased for an exorbitant price, Titan the Robot is over 18 years old!

Titan made its first appearance at the 2004 Glastonbury Festival on 25-27 June, and was 18 years old when it performed at Britain’s Got Talent.

There is nothing really high-tech about it, being developed in the early 2000s. It certainly does not have any Industrial Revolution 4.0 features!

 

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Are These Shanghai Disneyland Robot Dancers Real?!

Did China create these amazing robot dancers at the Shanghai Disneyland, beating even the Japanese?

Watch the viral clip for yourself, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : China Created Classic Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!

Here is the video that countless people have been sharing on social media and even on YouTube. It is often paired with a short explanation in (broken) English.

This classic dance is only created in China and broadcast in Shanghai Disneyland. They are not female dance artists, but all robots made in China.

The performance time is only about 5 minutes, but the ticket queue time takes 4 hours. The ticket price is 499 yuan.

It has surpassed Japan in complexity, and its perfect facial expressions. Send this video to everyone to watch. Let us enjoy together…

 

Truth : They Are NOT Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!

The agility and grace of these dancers are amazing, but they are NOT robot dancers created by China for Shanghai Disneyland!

The less gullible would point out that it is something you would only expect from professional human dancers, and they would be right.

Fact #1 : That Is A Video Of A CBDF Competition

That was actually a video clip from one of the many competitions organised and broadcast by the CBDF (Chinese Ballroom Dance Federation).

Although we cannot ascertain who the dancers are, you can see the CBDF logo in the background, at 4:03 and 4:38.

No robot made today can match their agility and grace.

Fact #2 : 499 Yuan Was The Entry Price To Shanghai Disneyland

The fake story claimed that the ticket to watch this performance costs 499 Yuan – about US$73 / £55 / RM303. That would be ridiculously exorbitant for a single show.

In truth, that was the cost of an entry ticket to the Shanghai Disneyland when it first opened in February 2016.

Since 6 June 2018, it has been priced at 399 Yuan (off-peak), 575 Yuan (peak) and 665 Yuan (peak holiday).

Fact #3 : Disneyland Does Not Charge Extra To Watch Certain Shows

Anyone who has been to Disneyland knows that the entry fee is pricey. That’s because it covers all rides and shows inside Disneyland.

You only need to pay for food and drinks, and arcade games. Or if you opt to purchase Disney Fastpasses (Fastpass, FastPass+, MaxPass) to bypass long queues at popular rides or shows.

Otherwise, all rides and shows are free to enjoy once you enter Disneyland.

Fact #4 : That Is Not The Only Fake Video Of Chinese Robot Dancers

That is not the only fake video of Chinese robot dancers.

This one circulated earlier, claiming to be of a female robot dancer that handily beats all Japanese made-robots.

In that example, they took the video clip from the 2018 World Dance Sport Federation Championship in Lithuania…

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Who Would Create Fake Stories About Robot Dancers?

With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories being created and shared.

Some believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas.

Others believe the many fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.

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Did China Invent Artificial Woman Called HOORI?!

Did China just introduce an artificial woman called HOORI, with artificial intelligence and 72 hour battery life?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : China Invented Artificial Woman Called HOORI!

Netizens are sharing a video of an artificial woman on WhatsApp and social media, claiming that she was invented by a Chinese company.

A artificial woman made in China has been released into the Chinese market. The body flesh is made of 100% Fanta Flesh material with silicone parts. A single charge will work for 72 hours without interruption. No soul. No need for food. Market price is Rs.200000 + tax. It is named “HOORI”. It works on artificial intelligence so it can speak any language with 99% accuracy. The company is planning to launch this “HOORI” in India soon. No Dowry… No Horoscopes. Cooks, home courses, no arguments, no demands or orders! have a nice days ahead.

Artificial woman made in China has been launched in the Chinese market. Body meat 100% Fanta Flesh Material Made With Silicone Parts. Works for 72 hours without interruption on a single charge. No soul / spirit. No need for food.

Imagine how far China have gone in technology. We Africans are begin because of Western country people.

China has produced first plastic female human. Very intelligent & beautiful.

The only thing she doesn’t have is “soul”.

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Truth : China Did Not Invent Artificial Woman Called HOORI!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why!

Fact #1 : China Did Not Invent Any Artificial Woman

Let me just clearly state this – no Chinese company has invented an artificial woman to handle your household affairs for 72 hours on a single battery charge.

Neither did they invented an android with the capability to speak any language with 99% accuracy.

Fact #2 : It Was Taken From A Video Game

The video was actually edited from a promotional short video called “Detroit: Become Human – Shorts: Chloe“.

This short video was created to promote a 2018 video game called Detroit: Become Human by Quantic Dream, and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

It was edited to remove the introduction of the video which shows the Playstation logo, the Quantic Dream logo, and this title screen, which clearly explains that this video is part of a video game.

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It was also edited to remove the end screen, which shows that the animated sequence was “shot in game engine”.

In other words – the developers rendered the scene using the game’s own graphics engine. This is a type of animated filmmaking called machinima.

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Fact #3 : The Original Video Was Published In May 2018

To promote the launch of the game on Playstation 4, Quantic and Sony released the Chloe animated short video on May 23, 2018.

That short video shows a 2024 interview by KNC of Chloe – an RT600 android and the first to pass the Turing test.

John : For starters, what should I call you?

Chloe : I’m Chloe. And you, what’s your name?

John : Oh, John. My name is John.

Chloe : Delighted to meet you, John.

John : Could you tell us a little about yourself and what you can do, Chloe?

Chloe : Of course. I’m the first personal assistant built by CyberLife. I take care of most everyday tasks like cooking, housework, or managing your appointments for example.

John : And I understand you’re the first android to have passed the Turing test. Could you tell us a little more about that?

Chloe : I really didn’t do much, you know. I just spoke with a few humans to see if they could tell the difference between me and a real person. It was a really interesting experience.

John : But this is the first time in history that man has created a machine more intelligent than himself. I gather your brain can perform several billion, billion operations per second. Is that right?

Chloe : Absolutely. But I only exist thanks to the intelligence of the humans who designed me. And, you know, they have something I could never have.

John : Really? And what’s that?

Chloe : A soul.

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Fact #4 : CyberLife Only Exists In The Game

The company that invented the RT600 android called Chloe is called CyberLife.

This is not a real company. It only exists as an antagonistic faction in the game, Detroit: Become Human.

In that game, CyberLife was founded by Elijah Kamski (also a fictional character), and it produces all kinds of android in Detroit.

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Did China Create This Amazing Female Dancing Robot?

Did China create this amazing female dancing robot for a dance show in Shanghai?

Watch the viral video for yourself, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Did China Create This Amazing Dancing Robot?

Here is the video that countless people have been sharing on social media and even on YouTube. It is often paired with a short explanation in (broken) English.

Can u believe that this female dancer is robot ? The dance was held in Shanghai n it lasted only 5 minutes but the queue was 4hrs n cost 499 Yuan!

It has surpassed Japan in complexity, and saw its perfect facial expressions. Send this video to everyone to watch, let us enjoy together…

 

The Truth About This Amazing Female Dancing Robot

The agility and grace of this female dancing robot, and its facial expressions, are incredible.

The less gullible would point out that it is something you would only expect from a real human being, and they would be right.

Fact #1 : That Is A WDSF Competition Video

That was actually a video clip from the 2018 World Dance Sport Federation Championship in Lithuania.

The initials WDSF (World Dance Sport Federation) can be seen, together with the recording date at the upper left corner of the video.

Fact #2 : The Dance Only Lasted A Minute

The dance in the video only lasted just over a minute, even though the accompanying fake message claimed it lasted for 5 minutes.

Fact #3 : They Are Lithuanian Dance Champions

Both dancers are very human. In fact, they are Lithuanian dance champions Ieva Zukauskaite (female), and Evaldas Sodeika (male).

Fact #4 : 499 Yuan Was Old Entry Price To Shanghai Disneyland

The fake story claimed that the ticket to watch this performance costs 499 Yuan – about US$73 / £55 / RM303. That would be ridiculously exorbitant for a short dance.

In truth, that price was “copied” from the two earlier hoaxes (here and here) about robot dancers at the Shanghai Disneyland.

Even that price was not accurate, because 499 Yuan was the cost of an entry ticket to the Shanghai Disneyland when it first opened in February 2016.

Since 6 June 2018, it has been priced at 399 Yuan (off-peak), 575 Yuan (peak) and 665 Yuan (peak holiday).

 

Why Would Someone Create This Fake Dancing Robot Story?

With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories being created and shared.

Some believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas.

Others believe the many fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.

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Why Xiaomi’s ROIDMI Eve Plus Is So Awesome!

The Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus robot vacuum is really, REALLY AWESOME!

Find out why every home should have a little ROIDMI Eve Plus running around!

 

Why Xiaomi’s ROIDMI Eve Plus Is So Awesome!

One of the hottest gadgets for homeowners is a robot vacuum, which can be incredibly useful or a real pain in the ass.

What most homeowners in the market for a robot vacuum don’t understand is that many models don’t clean well, and are a hassle to maintain.

That’s why Xiaomi’s ROIDMI Eve Plus robot vacuum is so awesome – it is not only a cleaning powerhouse, it does away with almost all of the maintenance hassle!

Self-Emptying System

One of the biggest hassle in maintaining a robot vacuum is the constant need to empty the dust box.

This limitation prevents ordinary robot vacuums from automatically and continuously cleaning your house for days on end.

This is not a problem for the ROIDMI Eve Plus. When it returns to its base station to recharge its battery, its dust box is automatically emptied into the base station!

This allows the Eve Plus to continuously recharge and empty its dust box, and clean your house for weeks on end!

The base station’s large 3L dust bag can hold enough dust for 60 days, before you need to clear it.

Self-Sanitising System

The ROIDMI Eve Plus not only comes with a HEPA filter – a common feature in robot vacuums, it boasts a pioneering Deodorizing Particle Generator in the base station.

The Deodorizing Particle Generator uses Active Oxygen technology to sterilise the collected dust, eliminating dust mites as well as microbes and mold like E. coli, Candida albicans and Staphylococcus aureus.

It can also eliminate toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene and TVOC, as well as remove the smell of cigarettes and perfume.

4th Generation Super-Sensing LDS Sensor

The ROIDMI Eve Plus comes with their 4th generation laser distance sensor, which allows for highly-precise scanning of its environment.

It is constantly scanning for obstacles, so it will quickly detect people or pets nearby and avoid them.

AI Smart Room Mapping

The ROIDMI Eve Plus can precisely map and later remember every room in your house, across multiple levels!

Its built-in AI mapping and path planning algorithms allow it to better and faster clean the rooms, and resume its cleaning duties after charging or emptying its dust box.

The room maps it generates also allows you to demarcate forbidden areas, or schedule more frequent cleaning for certain rooms.

Separate maps can be saved for each floor, and the settings are automatically matched and switched, when switching floors.

4+ Hours Of Vacuum + Mopping!

The ROIDMI Eve Plus has a powerful digital brushless vacuum with 2,700 Pa of suction power, with side brushes and a flexible inlet that adjusts to the floor condition.

And thanks to its large 5,200 mAh battery, it can keep on cleaning for over 4 hours (250 minutes) before it needs to return to the base station!

If you like squeaky clean floors, the Eve Plus has a mopping module and a 250 ml water tank, to give you just that.

It simulates hand-mopping with its 3-stage Y-route (not available in the US) or U-route mopping

Obstacle Avoidance

The ROIDMI Eve Plus will never get stuck under your bed, sofa or cabinets, because it can automatically sense their height.

It is also smart enough to detect low obstacles like door strips or cables (up to 2 cm in height) and crawl over them.

It can also sense and climb up ramps with slopes of up to 20°, which lesser robot vacuums will balk at.

 

Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus : What’s Inside The Box?

The Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus comes in two separate boxes – one for the robot vacuum cleaner, and the other for its base station.

In this video, we take a look at what’s inside both boxes!

Once unboxed, you should find these items :

  • ROIDMI Eve Plus robot vacuum cleaner + mop module
  • ROIDMI Eve Plus dust collector base station
  • User guide + warranty card
  • Disposable mop wipes + filters + dust bags
  • Power cord

For more information, you can visit the official ROIDMI Eve Plus website.

 

Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus : Specifications

Specifications Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus
Type Robot vacuum
Voice Assistant Alexa, Google Assistant
Cleaning Modes Sweep + vacuum + mop
Suction Power 2700 Pa (maximum)
Recommended
Coverage
Area
250 m²
2690 square feet
Robot Container Dust : 300 ml
Water : 250 ml
Base Station
Container
Dust : 3 L
Robot Noise Level 60 dB (A)
Base Station
Noise Level
< 82 dB (A)
Hygiene Features HEPA Filter
Active Oxygen Technology
Navigation 4th Gen LDS SLAM
Automatic Partition Yes
Where To Clean Yes
Virtual Wall App-based Virtual Wall
Obstacle Clearance Slope : up to 20°
Height : up to 20 mm
Battery 5,200 mAh lithium-ion
Battery Life 250 minutes
Charging Time 250 minutes
Power Consumption 50 watt (robot)
850 watt (base station)
Robot Dimensions 350 x 350 x 98 mm
Robot Weight 3.6 kg
Base Station
Dimensions
358 x 350 x 175 mm
Base Station
Weight
2.7 kg

 

Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus : Price + Deals

The ROIDMI Eve Plus + dust collector base station kit is surprisingly affordable.

You can now purchase the full ROIDMI Eve Plus set in Malaysia at these incredible prices :

  • Standard 1 Year Warranty : RM1,588
  • 18 Month Warranty : RM1,688
  • 2 Year Warranty : RM1,788
  • Premium 1 Year Warranty : RM1,988 (1 to 1 Exchange)

In addition, you can save more by purchasing these Add-on Deals :

  • Replacement parts like dust bag, mop wipes, roller brush, side brush, filter, etc.
  • Extended 1 year warranty on the battery

But on 11/11, the ROIDMI Eve Plus goes on sale at only RM1,458 for just TWO HOURS – from 12 AM until 2 AM!

So don’t miss this offer. Grab it during those two hours!

 

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Don’t Miss This Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus Offer On 11/11!

The awesome self-emptying, self-sterilising Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus robot vacuum is going on sale this 11/11!

Take a look at the 11/11 offer and find out why you should get it!

 

Why You Must Not Miss The Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus 11/11 Offer!

Robot vacuums are incredible little helpers, effortlessly keeping our homes clean. But we still need to manually empty them once in a while or they stop working.

That’s why many homeowners are now looking for self-emptying robot vacuums that automatically dispose of their waste, and keep cleaning without constant monitoring.

This is not a problem for the Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus. When it returns to its base station to recharge its battery, its dust box is automatically emptied into the base station!

This allows the Eve Plus to continuously recharge and empty its dust box, and clean your house for weeks on end, thanks to its large 3L dust bag that can hold enough dust for 60 days.

The Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus robot vacuum also comes with a self-sanitising system that combines a HEPA filter with a pioneering Deodorizing Particle Generator with Active Oxygen technology.

This unique self-sanitising system eliminates not only dust mites, microbes and mold, but also toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, as well as the smell of cigarettes and perfume.

Read more : Why Xiaomi’s ROIDMI Eve Plus Robot Vacuum Is Awesome!

The Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus is also smart and powerful. It uses its 4th generation laser distance sensor to precisely map and remember its surroundings, even across multiple levels!

Its built-in AI mapping and path planning algorithms then use that map to automatically clean your rooms, self-empty itself and return to its cleaning duties – without any input!

Its built-in digital brushless motor delivers 2,700 Pa of suction power, while its 5,200 mAh battery lets it clean for over 4 hours before it needs to return to its base station for charging.

If you want a robot vacuum cleaner that helps you keep your house clean without constant maintenance, you can’t go wrong with the ROIDMI Eve Plus!

For more information, you can check out the official ROIDMI Eve Plus page or our article on this awesome robot vacuum cleaner!

 

Don’t Miss This Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus Offer On 11/11!

The ROIDMI Eve Plus + dust collector base station kit is really affordable. You can already purchase the full ROIDMI Eve Plus set in Malaysia at these incredible prices :

  • Standard 1 Year Warranty : RM1,588
  • 18 Month Warranty : RM1,688
  • 2 Year Warranty : RM1,788
  • Premium 1 Year Warranty : RM1,988 (1 to 1 Exchange)

But on 11/11, the ROIDMI Eve Plus goes on sale at only RM1,458 for just TWO HOURS – from 12 AM until 2 AM!

So don’t miss this offer. Grab it during those two hours!

 

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Chinese Robot Dancer @ Shanghai Disneyland?!

Does Shanghai Disneyland have an amazing Chinese robot dancer whose technical ability surpasses even the Japanese?

Watch the viral video clip for yourself, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Chinese Robot Dancer @ Shanghai Disneyland!

Here is the video that countless people have been sharing on social media and their microblogs. It is paired with a short explanation in both English and Chinese.

The Classical dancer in this video is not a real living person but a newly constructed robot!

The video, a product of Shanghai Disney, is only a five minutes show but it would take more than four hours queuing up to purchase a ticket which costs 499 yuan per person .

The robot is entirely Chinese made and its technical level has surpassed those of Japan. This video is indeed worthy of watching.

观看上面视频时请留意,古典舞蹈表演者不是你固定思维的女演员,而是一位刚问世的机器人!

这段视频来自上海迪士尼4D影视,观看只有5分钟,但排队却要4小时以上,票价:499元。这是我国自行研制的机器人,

其技术水平已超越日本。现转发微信朋友,先睹为快,与大家一起分享!

Chinese Robot Dancer @ Shanghai Disneyland : The Truth

The agility of the “Shanghai Disneyland robot dancer” in the video which lasts over 4 minutes is amazing.

The less gullible would point out that it is something one would only expect from a professional human dancer, and they would be right.

Fact #1 : That Is A Video Of The 4th CCTV Dance Competition

That is actually a video clip from the 4th CCTV dance competition in 2007.

The so-called robot dancer is actually a professional dancer called Qin Xi, who performed the “Dream of a Spring Girl” dance for that segment of the dance competition.

That’s why her dance is so amazing – no robot made today can match her grace.

Fact #2 : 499 Yuan Was The Entry Price To Shanghai Disneyland

The fake story claimed that the ticket to watch this performance costs 499 Yuan – about US$73 / £55 / RM303. That would be ridiculously exorbitant for a single show.

In truth, that was the cost of an entry ticket to the Shanghai Disneyland when it first opened in February 2016.

Since 6 June 2018, it has been priced at 399 Yuan (off-peak), 575 Yuan (peak) and 665 Yuan (peak holiday).

Fact #3 : Disneyland Does Not Charge Extra To Watch Certain Shows

Anyone who has been to Disneyland knows that the entry fee is pricey. That’s because it covers all rides and shows inside Disneyland.

You only need to pay for food and drinks, and arcade games, like The Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade.

Or if you opt to purchase Disney Fastpasses (Fastpass, FastPass+, MaxPass) to bypass long queues at popular rides or shows.

Otherwise, all rides and shows are free to enjoy once you enter Disneyland.

 

Why Would Someone Create This Fake Story?

With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories being created and shared.

Some believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas.

Others believe the many fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.

Please share this debunking with your friends, so they know the truth!

 

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Iron Man Dance Hero Review : Cute + Loud!

The Iron Man Dance Hero looked so darn cute when we first saw it, we decided to check it out in detail.

Here is our short and sweet review of the cute and loud Iron Man Dance Hero!

 

Iron Man Dance Hero

The Iron Man Dance Hero is a simple toy, with a simple premise – an Asian-looking Tony Stark in a cute Iron Man suit dancing to music.

The truth though is that it is a little more than just a dancing robot. Take a closer look at the Iron Man Dance Hero in our hands-on video!

The Icon Man Dance Hero basically has three key features, officially listed as :

  • Cool music
  • Fabulous dance
  • Cool lighting

It also has a retractable face mask (which reveals an Asian-looking Tony Stark!), as well as posable arms :

It requires three AA batteries. The box says 1.5 V alkaline batteries are recommended, but we had no problem using 1.2 V NiMH rechargeable batteries.

 

Iron Man Dance Hero In Action!

The Iron Man Dance Hero has a simple three-way switch at the back of its head.

  • Left : Lights, music and dancing off
  • Middle : Only lights turned on
  • Right : Lights, music and dancing turned on!

When turned off, it functions like a figurine or toy. Turning on the lights lets it function like a night light.

And of course, it becomes an entertainment device when you turn everything on! But look at how cute it dances!

The lights in the eyes will change, and so does the music. But the lights in its palms and its chest will remain uniformly white.

There is no volume control, which could be a problem because the Iron Man Dance Hero is very loud! But kids seem to love it!

Even if you tire of its dance and music after some time, it is quite useful as a night light, especially with both arms pointing upwards.

 

Iron Man Dance Hero Price + Availability

The Iron Man Dance Hero we tested has a height and width of 19 cm, with a thickness of about 10 cm. Just to be clear, it does not come with any batteries in the box.

Its price varies wildly, depending on whether you purchase it online or in retail (where we have seen prices of RM 45-60 / US$11-15 / £8-11 / S$15-20 / A$16-21 being quoted).

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But here are some online purchase options you can consider :

 

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NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Orin for Autonomous Vehicles Revealed!

NVIDIA just introduced the DRIVE AGX Orin – a new software-defined platform for autonomous vehicles and robots!

Here is a quick primer on NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Orin, including its key capabilities and specifications!

 

NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Orin for Autonomous Vehicles + Robots

At GTC China 2019, NVIDIA unveiled the DRIVE AGX Orin – the culmination of a four-year development process.

The NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Orin is a new system-on-a-chip (SoC) designed to drive a software-defined platform for automatous machines.

The Orin is designed to handle large numbers of applications and deep neural networks simultaneously, while achieving systematic safety standards like ISO 26262 ASIL-D.

Built as a software-defined platform, the NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Orin can be used to develop architecturally-compatible platforms that are scalable from Level 2 to Level 5 (full self-driving) vehicles.

Since both Orin and Xavier are programmable through Open CUDA and TensorRT APIs and libraries, developers can work on both, leveraging their investments across both product lines.

Recommended : DiDi Adopts NVIDIA AI + GPUs For Self-Driving Cars!

 

NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Orin Performance

With 17 billion transistors, the Orin combines Arm Hercules CPU cores with NVIDIA GPU cores, as well as new deep learning and computer vision accelerators.

According to NVIDIA, the DRIVE AGX Orin delivers an aggregate performance of 200 trillion operations per second (200 TFLOPS) – almost 7X faster than the previous generation NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier SoC.

Recommended : NVIDIA DRIVE Deep Neural Networks : Access Granted!

 

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Dell Forecasts The Future of Connected Living In 2030!

Dell Technologies just shared with us the key findings from their research that explore the future of connected living by the year 2030!

Find out how emerging technologies will transform how our lives will change by the year 2030!

 

Dell On The Future of Connected Living In 2030!

Dell Technologies conducted their research in partnership with the Institute for the Future (IFTF) and Vanson Bourne, surveying 1,100 business leaders across ten countries in Asia Pacific and Japan.

Let’s take a look at their key findings, and find out why they believe the future is brimming with opportunity thanks to emerging technologies.

 

Technological Shifts Transforming The Future By 2030

IFTF and a forum of global experts forecast that emerging technologies like edge computing, 5G, AI, Extended Reality (XR) and IoT will create these five major shifts in society :

1. Networked Reality

Over the next decade, the line between the virtual and the real will vanish. Cyberspace will become an overlay on top of our existing reality as our digital environment extends beyond televisions, smartphones and other displays.

This transformation will be driven by the deployment of 5G networks that enable high bandwidth, low-latency connections for streaming, interactive services, and multi-user media content.

2. Connected Mobility and Networked Matter

The vehicles of tomorrow will essentially be mobile computers, with the transportation system resembling packet-switched networks that power the Internet.

We will trust them to take us where we need to go in the physical world as we interact in the virtual spaces available to us wherever we are.

3. From Digital Cities to Sentient Cities

More than half of the world’s population live in urban areas. This will increase to 68% over the next three decades, according to the United Nations.

This level of growth presents both huge challenges and great opportunities for businesses, governments and citizens.

Cities will quite literally come to life through their own networked infrastructure of smart objects, self-reporting systems and AI-powered analytics.

4. Agents and Algorithms

Our 2030 future will see everyone supported by a highly personalised “operating system for living” that is able to anticipate our needs and proactively support our day-to-day activities to free up time.

Such a Life Operating System (Life OS) will be context-aware, anticipating our needs and behaving proactively.

Instead of interacting with different apps today, the intelligent agent of the future will understand what you need and liaise with various web services, other bots and networked objects to get the job done.

5. Robot with Social Lives

Within 10 years, we will have personal robots that will become our partners in life – enhancing our skills and extending our abilities.

In some cases, they will replace us, but this can mean freeing us to do the things we are good at, and enjoy.

In most cases, they can become our collaborators, helping to crowdsource innovations and accelerate progress through robot social networks.

 

Preparing For The Future Of Connected Living By 2030

Anticipating Change

Many businesses in APJ are already preparing for these shifts, with business leaders expressing these perceptions :

  • 80% (82% in Malaysia) will restructure the way they spend their time by automating more tasks
  • 70% (83% in Malaysia) welcome people partnering with machines/robots to surpass our human limitations
  • More than half of businesses anticipate Networked Reality becoming commonplace
    – 63% (67% in Malaysia) say they welcome day-to-day immersion in virtual and augmented realities
    – 62% (63% in Malaysia) say they welcome people being fitted with brain computer interfaces

Navigating Challenges

These technological shifts are seismic in nature, leaving people and organisations grappling with change. Organisations that want to harness these emerging technologies will need to collect, process and make use of the data, while addressing public concerns about data privacy.

APJ business leaders are already anticipating some of these challenges :

  • 78% (88% in Malaysia) will be more concerned about their own privacy by 2030 than they are today
  • 74% (83% in Malaysia) consider data privacy to be a top societal-scale challenge that must be solved
  • 49% (56% in Malaysia) would welcome self-aware machines
  • 49% (43% in Malaysia) call for regulation and clarity on how AI is used
  • 84% (85% in Malaysia) believe that digital transformation should be more widespread throughout their organisation

 

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NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX : World’s Smallest AI Supercomputer

On 7 November 2019, NVIDIA introduced the Jetson Xavier NX – the world’s smallest AI supercomputer designed for robotics and embedded computing applications at the edge!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX!

 

NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX : World’s Smallest AI Supercomputer

At just 70 x 45 mm, the new NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX is smaller than a credit card. Yet it delivers server-class AI performance at up to 21 TOPS, while consuming as little as 10 watts of power.

Short for Nano Xavier, the NX is a low-power version of the Xavier SoC that came up tops in the MLPerf Inference benchmarks.

Recommended : NVIDIA Wins MLPerf Inference Benchmarks For DC + Edge!

With its small size and low-power, it opens up the possibility of adding AI on-the-edge computing capabilities to small commercial robots, drones, industrial IoT systems, network video recorders and portable medical devices.

The Jetson Xavier NX can be configured to deliver up to 14 TOPS at 10 W, or 21 TOPS at 15 W. It is powerful enough to run multiple neural networks in parallel, and process data from multiple high-resolution sensors simultaneously.

The NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX runs on the same CUDA-X AI software architecture as all other Jetson processors, and is supported by the NVIDIA JetPack software development kit.

It is pin-compatible with the Jetson Nano, offering up to 15X higher performance than the Jetson TX2 in a smaller form factor.

It is not available for a few more months, but developers can begin development today using the Jetson AGX Xavier Developer Kit, with a software patch to emulate Jetson Xavier NX.

 

NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Specifications

Specifications NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX
CPU NVIDIA Carmel
– 6 x Arm 64-bit cores
– 6 MB L2 + 4 MB L3 caches
GPU NVIDIA Volta
– 384 CUDA cores, 48 Tensor cores, 2 NVDLA cores
AI Performance 21 TOPS : 15 watts
14 TOPS : 10 watts
Memory Support 128-bit LPDDR4x-3200
– Up to 8 GB, 51.2 GB/s
Video Support Encoding : Up to 2 x 4K30 streams
Decoding : Up to 2 x 4K60 streams
Camera Support Up to six CSI cameras (32 via virtual channels)
Up to 12 lanes (3×4 or 6×2) MIPI CSI-2
Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet
OS Support Ubuntu-based Linux
Module Size 70 x 45 mm (Nano)

 

NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Price + Availability

The NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX will be available in March 2020 from NVIDIA’s distribution channels, priced at US$399.

 

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Jackrabbot : The Robot That Learns From Human Behaviour

Noah Kravitz writes about Jackrabbot, a robot that learns by watching human behaviour.

It is a great look at how neural task programming (NTP) may create intelligent robots that learn from human behaviour.

 

Robot See, Robot Do: Bots Learn by Watching Human Behavior

Robots following coded instructions to complete a task? Old school.

Robots learning to do things by watching how humans do it? That’s the future.

Stanford’s Animesh Garg and Marynel Vázquez shared their research in a talk on “Generalizable Autonomy for Robotic Mobility and Manipulation” at the GPU Technology Conference last week.

In lay terms, generalizable autonomy is the idea that a robot can observe human behavior, and learn to imitate it in a way that’s applicable to a variety of tasks and situations.

What kinds of situations? Learning to cook by watching YouTube videos, for one. And figuring out how to cross a crowded room for another.

Cooking 101

Garg, a postdoctoral researcher at the Stanford Vision and Learning Lab (CVGL), likes to cook. He also likes robots. But what he’s not so keen on is a future full of robots who can only cook one recipe each.

While the present is increasingly full of robots that excel at single tasks, Garg is working toward what he calls “the dream of general-purpose robots.”

The path to the dream may lie in neural task programming (NTP), a new approach to meta-learning. NTP leverages hierarchy and learns to program with a modular robot API to perform unseen tasks working from only a single test example.

For instance, a robot chef would take a cooking video as input, and use a hierarchical neural program to break the video data down into what Garg calls a structured representation of the task based on visual cues as well as temporal sequence.

Instead of learning a single recipe that’s only good for making spaghetti with meatballs, the robot understands all of the subroutines, or components, that make up the task. From there, the budding mechanical chef can apply skills like boiling water, frying meatballs and simmering sauce to other situations.

Solving for task domains instead of task instances is at the heart of what Garg calls  meta-learning. NTP has already seen promising results, with its structured, hierarchical approach leaving flat programming in the dust on unseen tasks, while performing equally well on seen tasks. Full technical details are available on the project’s GitHub.

 

Feeling Crowded? Follow the Robot

We’ve all been there. You’re trying to make your way through a crowded room, and suddenly find yourself face-to-face with a stranger coming from the opposite direction.

You move right to get around them, but they move the same way, blocking your path. Instinctively, you both move the other way. Blocked again!

One of you cracks a “Shall we dance?” joke to break the tension, and you finally maneuver past one another to continue on.

Understanding how and why people move the way we do when walking through a crowded space can be tricky. Teaching a robot to understand these rules is daunting. Enter Vázquez and Jackrabbot, CVGL’s social navigation robot.

Jackrabbot first hit the sidewalks in 2015, making small deliveries and travelling at pedestrian speeds below five miles per hour. As Vázquez explained, teaching Jackrabbot — named after the jackrabbits that also frequent his campus — is a vehicle for tackling the complex problem of predicting human motion in crowds.

Teaching an autonomous vehicle to move through unstructured spaces — for example, the real world —  is a multifaceted problem. “Safety is the first priority,” Vázquez said. From there, the challenge quickly moves into predicting and responding to the movements of lots of people at once.

To tackle safety, they turned to deep learning, developing a generative adversarial network (GAN) that compares real-time data from JackRabbot’s camera with images generated by the GAN on the fly.

These images represent what the robot should be seeing if an area is safe to pass through, like a hallway with no closed doors, stray furniture or people standing in the way. If reality matches the ideal, JackRabbot keeps moving. Otherwise, it hits the brakes.

From there, the team turned to multi-target tasking, aka “Tracking the Untrackable.” Moving gracefully through a crowd goes beyond immediate assessment of “Is my path clear?” to tracking multiple people moving in different directions, and predicting where they’re headed next.

Here the team built a recurrent neural network using the long short term memory approach to account for multiple cues —  appearance, velocity, interaction and similarity — measured over time.

A published research paper delves into the technical nitty-gritty, but in essence, CVGL devised a novel approach that learns the common sense behaviors that people observe in crowded spaces, and then uses that understanding to predict “human trajectories” where each person is likely to go next.

So the next time you find yourself headed for one of those awkward “Shall we dance?” moments in a room full of strangers, just remember to track multiple cues over time and project the motion trajectories of every human in sight.

Or take the easy way and find a JackRabbot to walk behind. Or better yet, the newly announced JackRabbot 2.0 (with dual NVIDIA GPUs onboard). It’ll know what to do.

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HUMAN+ : The Cyborgs Are Coming To The ArtScience Museum!

SINGAPORE – Delve into a future world where the lines between fiction and reality are blurred in ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition HUMAN+ : The Future of Our Species, opening on 20 May.

Advances in genetic engineering, biotechnology and nanotechnology that not long ago seemed purely science fiction are now real. Cyborgs, superhumans and clones are alive amongst us today.

 

HUMAN+ : The Future of Our Species

What does it mean to be human now? What will it feel like to be a human a hundred years from now? Should we continue to embrace modifications to our minds, bodies and daily lives, or are there boundaries we shouldn’t overstep?

These are the issues at the heart of HUMAN+ : The Future of Our Species. Showcasing the work of 40 international artists, scientists, technologists and designers, the show explores possible future paths for our species. It includes major names from the fields of robotics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and artificial intelligence, including the world’s first living cyborg, Neil Harbisson; Australia’s leading performance artist, Stelarc; and Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, who grow sculptures from living tissue.

A collaboration between ArtScience Museum, Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, and The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), this cutting-edge exhibition asks what it means to be human in a world of artificial intelligence, life-like robots and genetic modification. It probes the social, ethical and environmental questions raised by using technology to modify ourselves.

Will virtual reality be the new reality? What would happen if a robot knew what we wanted before we knew ourselves? In the future, who will have ownership of our genetic information?

From spectacular demonstrations of the latest robotic technologies, to challenging contemporary artworks, intriguing design prototypes, and exciting innovations from Singapore, HUMAN+ imagines many possible futures.

 

Four Themed Galleries

Spanning four themed galleries, HUMAN+ presents a wide range of artwork and scientific research that shows how our perception of humanity is being transformed by science and technology.

Augmented Abilities

The first section of the show presents physical and biological ways in which we have augmented our minds and bodies. From prosthetics that augment bodily functions to medical interventions that change how we think, this part of the show explores what it means to be a cyborg today.

A key highlight is work by Neil Harbisson, the world’s first human to be officially recognised as a cyborg. Born without the ability to see colour, Harbisson, who will be in Singapore for the opening of the show, wears a prosthetic antenna called “eyeborg” that allows him to hear colour. This antenna has been implanted in his skull since 2003.

Also included are works by star performance artist, Stelarc, plus captivating images and fascinating prototypes by Aimee Mullins, Chris Woebken and many others.

Encountering Others

The second section of the show explores the changing nature of social relationships, due to advances in technology.

It includes provocative artwork by Addie Wagenknecht that explores how motherhood might evolve in a world of robotics. Her artwork depicts a robot arm that gently rocks a bassinet whenever a baby cries.

Also included are cutting-edge artworks by Louis-Phillippe Demers from Singapore, Cao Fei, Yves Gellie, S.W.A.M.P and many others.

Authoring Environments

This section analyses how we are transforming the very environment we live in due to far-reaching advances in science and technology.

It includes The Human Pollination Project by Laura Allcorn, a pollination tool kit, designed to be won as a fashion accessory. It raises questions about the social and environmental implications of the collapse of bee populations, which are responsible for pollinating the plants that grow into the food we eat.

Also included are intriguing speculative artworks and design proposals by Antony Dunne and Fiona Raby, Liam Young, The Centre for PostNatural History, Robert Zhao and many others.

Life at the Edges

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This section of the exhibition explores the limits of human life and longevity. What does it mean to create life, or extend a person’s lifespan?

It includes a compelling and challenging work by designer, Agatha Haines, who has created five sculptures of human babies, each with a surgically implemented body modification.

Also included are living artworks designed in a laboratory by Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, and works which explore the end of life by Julijonas Urbonas, and James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau.

 

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