Sophia, a humanoid robot developed by a Hong Kong-based company, has just been given legs. The robot has been creating ripples all around the world ever since its activation in 2015. Recently, at IIT Bombay’s Tech Fest, students and technology enthusiasts from all across India got an opportunity to meet this modern marvel of artificial intelligence (AI).
The robot called Forpheus does more than play a mean game of table tennis. It can read body language to gauge its opponent’s ability, and offer advice and encouragement.
“It will try to understand your mood and your playing ability and predict a bit about your next shot,” said Keith Kersten of Japan-based Omron Automation, which developed Forpheus to showcase its technology.
Recent Sphero spinoff Misty Robotics brought a decidedly non-consumer-focused device to the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week. The Misty I Developer Edition is the first baby step for a startup with even grander ambitions than the one that gave birth to it. In June, the company announced a $11.5 million Series A led by Venrock and Foundry Group to aide in its plans to build a mainstream household robot with a much broader skillset than the industry leading Roomba.