Rock, paper, scissors, robot

Jan. 1, 2000

Exploring robot and human interaction through rock, paper, scissors.

Anything you can do, robots can do better. Think I’m lying? This robot is undefeated at the game rock, paper, scissors. This might sound like a trivial action for a robot, but the applications can be far reaching. The robot is actually a perfect example of a human-machine cooperation system.

According to the Ishikawa Oku Laboratory, “Recognition of human hand can be performed at 1ms with a high-speed vision, and the position and the shape of the human hand are recognized. The wrist joint angle of the robot hand is controlled based on the position of the human hand. The vision recognizes one of rock, paper and scissors based on the shape of the human hand. After that, the robot hand plays one of rock, paper and scissors so as to beat the human being in 1ms.”

This robot could open up a world of possibilities for robot and human interaction. There is no word yet whether the robot has mastered Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock. (Shout out to my Big Bang Theory nerds.)

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