A team from Spain’s Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) has created a dog shaped robot provided with artificial intelligence (AI) can serve as Guide for dependent or disabled people.
robot is able to to distinguish clearly between a thing and a person, thanks to an automatic learning system and the camera it has built into the head. In addition, its connection with Google allows it to know the traffic situation in real time so that it can be informed by voice to its owner or others.
Although its metallic appearance and its sudden and millimetric movements keep it from looking like an animal, its creators had guide dogs in mind when they started thinking about Teffy’s possibilities, thus giving this robot the respect of beginners. Baptized in. Institute. From CSIC where he was born: the Physical and Information Technology Institute (ITEFI) in Madrid.
The robot’s outdoor navigation is assisted by a GPS that allows it to navigate to places such as shops, restaurants and hospitals. it also has machine vision algorithms that helps you identify certain objectsSuch as road signs, traffic lights, roads, people, chairs, tables, computers, or QR code information.
“It’s cheaper than a guide dog”
Its makers insist that it will work to aid Elderly people with dementia or Alzheimer’s patients.
“In addition to notifying her owner about the time of a medical appointment, Taffy is able to guide her directly to surgery, using only a map of the building she can obtain if it is accessible. Thanks to the connection In the case of mobile telephony, the robot can also request a taxi so that the patient does not have to worry about almost anything”, explains Doctor of Robotics Gerardo Portilla, creator of the robotic dog.
“It is very robust and maneuverable in rough environments and much cheaper than a guide dog. Currently, automatic driving for guidance has already been developed, as well as for detecting objects, people and signalling. AI needed for this. It can communicate by voice. To complete the tasks requested with the person and can also tell what it sees through its camera and information received from the internet,” he said.
So far, Taffy’s navigation tests are done indoors With positive results, and scientists hope to be able to start outdoor testing soon.
“The application that this robot has is above all social, and this is what distinguishes it from the dog of the American company Boston Dynamics, which was designed for industrial purposes. which provides company and affection, but the range of possibilities and applications is vast,” says Francisco Monteiro de Espinosa, a CSIC researcher at the same center.