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Japanese robot preacher that cost $1 million delivers sermons at Buddhist temple in Kyoto

  • Inside of a Buddhist temple in Japan resides a 6-foot-4-inch robot named “Mindar” modeled after the Buddhist goddess of mercy, Kannon, to deliver Buddhist scriptures.
  • Mindar is the result of a $1-million collaboration between Kodaiji Temple, located in Kyoto and a team led by Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University’s Department of System Innovation in 2019.
  • A camera lens embedded in Mindar’s left eye allows the robot to make eye contact with worshippers, and its hands and torso mimic human-like movement.
  • Mindar was designed to “encourage people’s imagination” due to its gender- and age-neutral look.

Worshippers at a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan, are read sermons and Buddhist scriptures by a robot modeled after the Buddhist goddess of mercy, Kannon.

Inside Kodaiji Temple is a 6-foot-4-inch and 132 pound robot named “Mindar” programmed to deliver a 25-minute sermon on Heart Sutra. Made of silicone skin and aluminum body parts, the robot features a camera embedded in its left eye to allow eye contact with worshippers during sermons and teachings. Mindar’s hands and torso were also designed to replicate human movement and interactions.

Watch: Japanese robot trained to peel bananas carefully without squishing them

banana robot
  • Researchers in Japan have unveiled a robot that has been trained to carefully peel bananas without crushing them.
  • The dual-armed robot has managed to peel the banana successfully 57% of the time, providing hope and insight into a future where machines can perform more nimble operations.
  • University of Tokyo researchers Heecheol Kim, Yoshiyuki Ohmura and Yasuo Kuniyoshi performed a “deep imitation learning” method on the robot where the researchers would repeat the action until the robot was able to successfully learn and imitate it.
  • After 13 hours of deep imitation learning, the robot was able to successfully replicate the action of peeling a banana.
  • Given labor shortages in Japan, the researchers are hoping that the robot can alleviate the problem by working at processing factories.

Researchers at the University of Tokyo in Japan have trained a dual-armed robot to successfully peel a banana without crushing it, giving them hope of developing better-trained machines to perform simple “human” tasks. 

A video by the researchers shows the robot carefully picking up a banana and peeling its outer layer utilizing both mechanical arms. 

Chinese tech company unveils ‘Little White Dragon’ pony robot that kids can ride

Xpeng Motors unveils robotic unicorn

On Tuesday, Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Xpeng Motors unveiled its first smart vehicle, a four-legged robot pony that children can ride called the “Little White Dragon.” 

Children’s toy: Designed by Xpeng Robotics, the Little White Dragon pony is equipped with power modules, motion control, obstacle detection, face and voice recognition and the ability to express emotions through its front face screen, Seeking Alpha reported.

Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dogs Just Danced to BTS and We’re Obsessed

A seven-member group of Spot robots is taking on BTS with a short dance performance of the K-pop supergroup’s 2020 song, “IONIQ: I’m On It.”

Behind the video: The dance routine, cleverly titled “Spot’s On It,” celebrates Hyundai’s controlling acquisition of engineering and robotics design company Boston Dynamics, which was completed on June 21 at a value of $1.1 billion.

Robot Dogs Now Patrol Singapore to Tell People to Social Distance

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In an effort to halt the further spread of COVID-19, Singapore has deployed a robot dog to encourage people in green spaces to keep their distance from each other.

Developed by Boston Dynamics, “Spot” was first assigned at the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park on May 8 for a two-week trial that will evaluate its preparedness to join other robots already patrolling public areas against the coronavirus.

Japanese University Uses Robot Surrogates to Hold Graduation

A university in Japan gave its students the opportunity to attend their graduation from their home by letting them control avatar robots as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The robots, called “Newme,” was developed by ANA Holdings, according to Reuters. One by one, the students in their avatar robots, all dressed in graduation caps and gowns with tablets for their faces, rolled towards the podium to receive their diploma at the event ceremony at Business Breakthrough University in Tokyo.

China Deploys First AI Robot Police That Tackles Criminals And Now We’re Living in ‘Black Mirror’

The city of Handan in China’s Hebei province has unleashed its futuristic robot police force that is equipped with the latest artificial intelligence and facial recognition technologies.

The city’s police officials made the unveiling of the three-member team of their robotic policemen on Wednesday, August 7, according to their series of Weibo posts.

China Just Completed Its First Successful Robotic Surgery

A hospital located in Anhui, China just performed its first successful robotic surgery on a patient suffering from numbness in his legs and left hand.

The patient, only identified as 42-year-old Wang, underwent the historical surgery at the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University on January 3. The entire operation only lasted half an hour, with a wound mark of only 1 centimeter, according to China Daily.