Asratec - V-Sido OS for humanoid robot
SoftBank group is showing that it is really serious about the humanoid robot business.
SoftBank's subsidiary company, Asratec Corp. today introduced control software for humanoid robots - called V-Sido OS. They expect that V-Sido OS will be installed in future robots which will be introduced by many companies.
Usually robots generate an action based on preliminarily-stored information. However, V-Sido OS produces movement in a real-time basis. It also automatically corrects movements in order for the robot not to fall - it holds the robot steady, for example when the robot receives a sudden shock or doesn't get proper footing while walking.
It's compatible with every sized robot from 40cm-tall to 4-meters tall.
Moreover, Asratec unveiled a concept humanoid robot using V-Sido OS - "ASRA C1".
ASRA C1 is a bipedal robot, while Pepper, the robot for which SoftBank recently executed an extensive launch is not.
ASRA C1 can be controlled by using a smartphone. Using the Kinect sensor, it is capable of imitating human movement. Also, by putting a head mount display on ASRA C1, a user can see what the robot is looking at. It could play a part in disaster-relief activited by remote control.
Following video shows what V-Sido OS is (in Japanese language):
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If a whole lot of this is sounding familiar, that means you have a relatively high level of robo-geekery, and you'll want to check out last year's Japan’s Kuratas vs. The U.K.’s Mantis: Pure Science Robot Showdown!, wherein the now-owned-by-SoftBank V-Sido OS found it's first moments of fame.