Sign In

Communications of the ACM

ACM TechNews

Robots For Surgery, Farming and Valet Parking

View as: Print Mobile App Share:
Avatar character

Robots of the future may end up resembling some of the key characters in James Cameron's computer graphics film, "Avatar," according to government officials and engineers gathered at a Korean robot industry forum.

Credit: Korea Times File

Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) officials recently announced the development of robots conceptually similar to the avatar humanoids seen in the movie "Avatar." "Already, domestic robot makers are working on prototypes of avatar robots and the consensus is that the commercial versions will come to town by late 2013," says an MKE director. The avatar robots would be connected to their users via the Web. If the user sends a message, the corresponding avatar robot will repeat the message in the user's voice.

Avatar robots could help educate students about robotics technologies, says Korea National University of Arts professor Kim Jun-sup. And, as the technology develops and improves, "just as computers, robots will eventually be personalized," Jun-sup says.

From Korea Times (Korea)
View Full Article


Abstracts Copyright © 2010 Information Inc., Bethesda, Maryland, USA


No entries found

Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account