IHMC Robotics and Boardwalk Robotics began jointly developing a robot named Nadia. In a newly released video, you can see how the robot trains and learns by lightly boxing with a human, striking the training gloves. Experts note that Nadya is unlikely to make a good boxer, because it is created for completely different purposes.
The robot is a special avatar mechanism that reproduces movements specified by the operator. The researchers chose boxing training as a training process because it is complex, and this makes it possible to demonstrate to the public and investors the creators’ achievements in accurately repeating the movements of the robot operator. By itself, “Nadya” does not know how to box, therefore, as the inventors note, there is currently no need to fear that there will be an uprising of robots proficient in martial arts.
The developers also told reporters that “Nadya” is a technically complex humanoid robot, to which the inventors added 29 joints. This approach allows him to perform a huge number of different movements similar to human ones. Due to this, the operator does not need to think about whether “Nadya” will be able to perform certain movements – he can act 100% instinctively and do what comes to mind. It is planned that the presented robot will become a prototype of a new generation of avatars who will be able to work as rescuers in extreme conditions.
Researchers note that people navigate complex and unusual situations much faster than any robots, so it is the person who is entrusted with controlling the avatar, so that the machine does not have to independently assess the situation developing around it. This saves a lot of time and resources.
This approach (human control of the robot) also ensures comparative cheapness and ease of development of avatar mechanisms. By the way, in their last video, the developers demonstrated how “Nadia” is able to overcome piles of bricks without any problems.