A genius team of researchers at MIT takes us one step closer to living in the world where Tom Cruise played in Minority Report and had computers equipped with technology even fancier than that of the Surface PC (not so fancy anymore I guess). Sixth sense! Is it possible? The video after the jump is not to be missed!
The researchers, from the University of California, Davis, have developed a system that allows follower robots to use behavioral cues from human leaders and other robots in order to track and follow them. What this means is that robots may soon be able to respond to human emotions appropriately and thus act more naturally even though it’s still not yet possible to implement robots emotions.
These robots would now take in behavioral cues and act accordingly, thanks to mirrors and certain other tracking methods. It seems to have paid off, as the main idea was to reduce the number of instructions a robot might need. Also, compatibility with human behavior would make the robots more acceptable to humans. The ability to follow will likely be essential as robots continue to work alongside people more often than not, such as in office buildings, hospitals and airports.