For intelligent robot, chess is just a hobby

Monday 09 January 2017 6 months ago 56   Taiwan   Print

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Report  Web desk : A robot developed by engineers in Taiwan can pour coffee and move chess pieces on a board against an opponent, but he’s looking for a real job. The robot developed by Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute, which spent the week playing games against opponents at the Consumer Electronics Show, was displaying what developers call an intelligent vision system which can see its environment and act with greater precision than its peers. With this enhanced vision, the robot can perform variety of tasks for service and manufacturing, and can also learn on the job with artificial intelligence. Playing chess is just a hobby showcasing the robot’s visual acuity such as the ability to distinguish between different chessmen and dexterity in gripping and moving objects. The vision system can recognize objects and their location with greater precision than other robots, said ITRI division director Lewis Liu. Traditional robots use pre-defined points, Liu said. This robot has more flexibility to locate and manipulate an object, with a robotic version of hand-eye coordination, Liu said. A robot using this technology could, for example, perform household tasks such as setting and clearing a table, or assisting seniors or disabled people with meal preparation.