We all remember that toy robot dog that could barely make a couple of sounds and effortlessly walk behind us. This was an outline of what would be the beginning of a marked by the electronic animals They are more than entertaining toys.
The robot that we bring you today is a robot dog that is far from the toy that you drool in the toy stores in your city. This is a project of the Florida Atlantic University researchers called Star and it is a very special cyber animal.
Basically, we talk about a robot dog equipped with a neural network, Able to learn tasks based on trial and error. In addition and although it seems silly, it does look like a dog … even if it causes a couple of nightmares because of its appearance.
Astro, the robot dog equipped with a neural network capable of learning
Astro can be considered an intelligent robotic animal, since, we insist, it is not a robot dog dedicated to entertain. This robot is able to withstand onslaught, get up on its own foot (or … leg?) And can walk through difficult terrain such as stone ground or ultimately difficult. These lands are usually found in search and rescue operations.
But the special thing about Astro, this … "lovely" Robot dog is in his head. Inside its head printed in 3D and inspired by a Doberman Pinscher there is a set of graphics processing units Nvidia Jetson TX2. In short, it has a brain" With a neural network.
Thanks to this brain, Astro can learn from trial and error and learn to do homework. In figures, this gives you some 4 teraflops of computing power, that blend together with sensors integrated in Astro. Among others, Astro is equipped with a radar image module, cameras and a directional microphone to understand your surroundings and accept voice commands.
The 45 kg robot dog already knows how to respond to basic voice commands such as "sit", "stand" or "lie down". This robot dog is still developing, so there are still more additional sensors to be included with which it can detect weapons and explosives, guide disabled people, explore dangerous environments or help soldiers on the battlefield.