Dr. Ram Ramamoorthy, Assistant Professor, who heads the Robust Autonomy & Decisions Lab at the School of Informatics in The University of Edinburgh has developed a Humanoid robot which can play “Rock-scissors-paper” game using Artificial Intelligence. Reports suggests that it will take on humans and can make out the opponent’s strategies as it plays. As reported by TOI, Rock-scissors-paper is a hand game usually played by two people, where players simultaneously form one of three shapes with an outstretched hand. The rock beats scissors, the scissors beat paper and the paper beats rock. If both players throw the same shape, the game is tied.
The robots which are approximately two-foot-high are programmed in such a way so that it can able to recognize the hand gestures performed by humans using Microsoft’s popular motion-sensing input device “Kinect“ which is primarily developed for the Xbox 360 video game console and Windows PCs.
Apart from the gaming applications, the gaming console has much more applications in a wide variety of fields such as fashion designing where the designers virtually try some outfits, healthcare where it can specifically diagnose your depression as reported by the mashable here.
SimSensei, a research outcome from the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, is an online interface which exploits the motion sensing capabilities of Kinect Sensors easily identifies the characteristic movements, facial expressions and speech patterns which indicate depression. Human feelings are tracked based on actions like gaze and posture while determining the depression.