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Assembly of a robot of humanoid nature

A method for assembling a humanoid type robot comprises two elements and an articulation with freedom in rotation linking the two elements about an axis, the articulation mounted and dismantled to join and separate the two elements. The robot comprises: a box with circular section fixed to a first element and extending along an axis parallel to the axis of rotation of the articulation, a cable having two ends, a first is connected to the first element and a second is connected to the second element. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

Method for building a map of probability of one of absence and presence of obstacles for an autonomous robot

A method to compute a pixel map of probabilities of absence and presence of an obstacle in the environment of an autonomous robot comprising at least one sensor grouped in at least one set of sensors that detect obstacles of similar types and have its own sensor initial map of probability of absence of obstacles is provided. The method comprises the steps of initializing a map around the robot and attached to the robot with a predefined value of probability of absence or presence of an obstacle, acquiring data representative of the absence or presence of an obstacle around the robot from at least one sensing procedure, and concurrently updating values of probabilities using data from sensing procedure and modifying the probabilities of absence or presence of obstacle from previous observations to a value closer to a predefined value.. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

Collision detection

A computer-implemented method of determining a collision between an object and a robot, comprises monitoring one or more articular parts of the robot by measuring the parameters associated with the real displacements of the one or more articular parts; comparing the measured parameters with the expected parameters associated with the corresponding commanded displacements; and determining the probability of a collision with an object. Described developments comprise the exclusion of system failures, the identification of the collided object by computer vision or by communicating with the object, the execution of one or more actions such as a safety mode, the identification of systematic discrepancies in performed comparisons, the grouping of articular parts belonging to a same articular chain, and the mutual surveillance of robots. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

Method for localizing a robot in a localization plane

A method for localizing a robot in a localization plane with a bi-dimentional reference with axis x and y comprises: determining by odometry an estimation of coordinates x1 and y1 and orientation θ1 of the robot; determining an estimation θ2 of the orientation of the robot using a virtual compass; determining an estimation θ3 of the orientation of the robot by correlating parts of a reference and a query panorama; determining an estimation x4, y4 of the robot position using iterative closest points; determining standard deviations σ_x1, σ_x2, σ_θ1 σ_θ2, σ_θ3, σ_x4, σ_y4 of the estimations; determining probability distributions g(x1), g(y1), g(θ1), g(θ2), g(θ3), g(x4), g(y4) of each estimation using standard deviations; determining three global distributions glob(x), glob(y), glob(θ) and a global estimation xg, yg of the coordinates of the robot in the localization plane and a global estimation θg of its orientation by applying maximum likelihood to global distributions.. . ... Softbank Robotics Europe

Methods and systems of handling a dialog with a robot

A computer-implemented method of handling an audio dialog between a robot and a human user comprises: during the audio dialog, receiving audio data and converting the audio data into text data; in response to the verification of one or more dialog mode execution rules of the text data, selecting a modified dialog mode; wherein a dialog mode comprises one or more dialog contents and one or more dialog voice skins; wherein a dialog content comprises a collection of predefined sentences, the collection comprising question sentences and answer sentences; and wherein a dialog voice skin comprises voice rendering parameters comprising frequency, tone, velocity and pitch. Described developments comprise modifying dialog contents and/or dialog voice skin, using dialog execution rules (for example depending on the environment perceived by the robot) and moderating dialog contents.. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

Humanoid robot with an autonomous life capability

A humanoid robot which is capable of surveying its environment, notably to determine when humans are present and to engage in activities with humans corresponding to an evaluation of their desires is provided. An operating system of the robot is configured in the robot to process the information received by extractors (sensors and processing capabilities), to list activities (gestures, dialogs, etc. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

Methods and systems for managing dialogs of a robot

A computer-implemented method of handling an audio dialog between a robot and a human user comprises: during the audio dialog, receiving audio data and converting audio data into text data; in response to text data, determining a dialog topic, the dialog topic comprising a dialog content and a dialog voice skin; wherein a dialog content comprises a plurality of sentences; determining a sentence to be rendered in audio by the robot; receiving a modification request of the determined dialog sentence. Described developments for example comprise different regulation schemes (e.g. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

Activity monitoring of a robot

A computer-implemented method of handling a software application on a robot executing software applications, at least two software applications competing for execution is provided. The method comprises the steps of: monitoring the execution of at least one software application; in response to receiving a modification request, modifying at least one software application; executing the modified software application on the robot. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

Executing software applications on a robot

A method of handling a software application on a robot comprising a plurality of installed software application, a software application being associated with a predefined semantic description, the method comprises the steps of extracting one or more patterns from an audio dialog with a human user; an audio dialog comprising sentences and a pattern comprising predefined sentences; comparing one or more patterns with the semantic descriptions of the software applications; selecting a software application based on the performed comparisons; and executing the selected software application. Described developments comprise software application execution rules, predefined or dynamically defined execution rules, the audio listing of the installed applications depending on environmental parameters, the optional use of complimentary display means and the installation of a missing application. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

System, method and computer program product for handling humanoid robot interaction with human

A method of handling humanoid robot interaction with human is disclosed. The method allows systematically storing all events detected within a humanoid robot environment, and classifying as temporary stimuli. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

Device for prepositioning and removably attaching articulated limbs of a humanoid robot

A mobile robot comprising a trunk and several limbs removably linked to the trunk comprises: for each of the limbs, means for prepositioning the limb on the trunk, and a single flange linked to the trunk and configured to removably fix all the limbs to the trunk. Each of the limbs comprises a motorized articulation, via which the limb is positioned and fixed onto the trunk, and can be driven in movement relative to the trunk.. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

Device for detection of obstacles in a horizontal plane and detection method implementing such a device

An obstacle detection device fitted to a mobile vehicle able to move parallel to a reference plane, comprises: a first emitter referred to as a horizontal emitter of a first horizontal electromagnetic beam extending in a first virtual plane substantially parallel to the reference plane, a first image sensor able to cover a field intended to intersect with the first virtual plane to form a detection surface, an image analysis means able to determine the presence of an obstacle by detecting the presence of an image on the detection surface. A detection method employing the device is provided.. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

Battery charging base and recharging method implementing such a base

A recharging assembly comprising a mobile vehicle and a recharging base of a form complementing the mobile vehicle and capable of receiving the mobile vehicle and intended to recharge a battery of a mobile vehicle comprising at least one wheel, the base connected to an electrical source, wherein the base comprises: a reception surface and a baseplate plane placed on a reference plane, the reception surface and the baseplate plane of the base forming an acute angle, a hemispherical cavity hollowed out in the reception surface to receive the at least one wheel, at least one electrical connector arranged to allow the connection of the base with the battery when the wheel is lowered into the hemispherical cavity. A recharging method implementing the recharging assembly is provided.. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

Anti-jamming system in a humanoid-type robot

A humanoid-type robot comprises two elements and an articulation with at least one degree of freedom linking the two elements, the articulation allowing a travel in a given range in operational operation, a first of the two elements being intended to come into contact with an abutment belonging to a second of the two elements at the end of the range. According to the invention, the robot further comprises at least one switch. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

03/23/17 / #20170080565

Humanoid robot with collision avoidance and trajectory recovery capabilitles

A humanoid robot which can move on its lower limb to execute a trajectory and is capable of detecting intrusion of obstacles in a safety zone defined around its body as a function of its speed is provided. Preferably when the robot executes a predefined trajectory, for instance a part of a choreography, the robot which avoids collision with an obstacle will rejoin its original trajectory after avoidance of the obstacle. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

03/23/17 / #20170080564

Standby mode of a humanoid robot

A computer-implemented method of executing a standby mode for a robot, comprises the steps of measuring one or more parameters associated with one or more parts of the robot (e.g. The temperature of one or more motors); receiving one or more standby optimization rules associated with the parameters (e.g. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

03/16/17 / #20170074984

Device for detecting an obstacle by means of intersecting planes and detection method using such a device

An obstacle detection device to be fitted to a mobile vehicle able to move parallel to a reference plane comprises: at least two emitters of electromagnetic beams which are able to form two virtual planes in two different directions that are able to intersect one another and intersect a potential obstacle, at least one image sensor able to produce an image of the intersection of the virtual planes and of the potential obstacle, an image analysis means able to determine the presence of an obstacle, configured to compare the image with a reference image. A detection method employing such a device is also provided.. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

03/16/17 / #20170072576

Secure, motor-driven hinge to be provided on a humanoid robot

A secured motorized articulation mounted between a first and a second limb of a humanoid-type robot, comprises: a motor comprising a fixed part linked to the first limb, and a mobile part that can be moved relative to the fixed part and linked to the second limb relative to the first limb, a brake capable of exerting a force on the mobile part of the motor by spring effect, to prevent the movement of the mobile part relative to the fixed part, an actuator capable of displacing the brake by opposing the spring effect, so as to release the mobile part of the motor from the force of the brake and allow the motor to move the mobile part relative to the fixed part.. . ... Softbank Robotics Europe

03/16/17 / #20170072575

Key for actuating a plurality of humanoid robot mechanisms

An equipment item comprising a key and a humanoid-type robot comprising several mechanisms that can be actuated from outside the robot, wherein each of the mechanisms comprises a connection interface into which the key can be inserted, the connection interface of each of the mechanisms being configured such that the insertion of the key actuates the mechanism. The key comprises two slender fingers inserted simultaneously into two longitudinal orifices.. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

03/16/17 / #20170072560

Safety of a humanoid-type robot

A humanoid-type robot comprises two elements and an articulation with at least one degree of freedom linking the two elements, the articulation allowing a travel in a given range in operational operation, a first of the two elements being intended to come into contact with an abutment belonging to a second of the two elements at the end of the range. According to the invention, the robot further comprises at least one switch. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

02/16/17 / #20170043487

Shock-absorbing device for a humanoid robot

A shock-absorbing device for a humanoid robot, comprises a rigid structure linked to the humanoid robot, a deformable outer shell, and a shock-absorber; the shock-absorber consisting of a flexible cellular structure comprising a set of cells emerging in a main direction, and being secured to the rigid structure at a first end in the main direction, and linked to the deformable outer shell at a second end opposite the first in the main direction. Advantageously, the outer shell is also linked directly to the rigid structure by means of at least one absorbent fixing of silent block type. ... Softbank Robotics Europe

02/16/17 / #20170043486

Actuation of a hand to be provided on a humanoid robot

A hand intended for a humanoid robot comprising a palm and several fingers, each of the fingers being able to be displaced in relation to the palm between a position of rest maintained by spring effect and a compressed position obtained by driving a link part with the palm countering the spring effect, comprises a motorized shaft, linked to the link part of each of the fingers, and configured to respectively displace at least one first finger and at least one second finger, from the position of rest to the compressed position, by rotation of the motorized shaft respectively in a first direction of rotation and in an opposite direction.. . ... Softbank Robotics Europe








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