Archives for: August 2007

Content-sensitive image resizing

08/23/07 | by admin [mail] | Categories: Computer Vision

Not exactly robotics-related but anyway quite interesting: A video from the SIGGRAPH 2007 by Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir on context sensitive image resizing, that is, automatically resizing an image in a way, that the “interesting” parts of its contents remain untouched instead of just enlarging or shrinking all parts of the image in the same way.

More details can be found on this website: http://www.faculty.idc.ac.il/arik/

Robocup: .... and the winner is...

08/17/07 | by admin [mail] | Categories: General

….NAO, the humanoid made by Aldebaran Robotics!

I admit, I am quite surprised about the decision to make it a standard platform for the “not-any-longer-four-legged” league, although NAO was my personal favourite, because of it’s applicabiliy to HRI and a wide field of other tasks.
I guess, the decision to change platforms from four-legged AIBOs to humanoids will affect the teams in the standard platform league (which is the new name of the four-legged-league) a lot - judging from the games I’ve seen from the humanoid league, so far - but I am really looking forward to watching the first standard platform league games and seeing how the teams get along with the new robot.

Robocup: Kitty vs. AIBO

08/11/07 | by admin [mail] | Categories: General

I was browsing the RoboCup 4-legged-league mailinglist for the results of the selection of the AIBO successor when I found this video taken by the RoboCup team of Boðaziçi University.
I think, the kitten would make a good successor for AIBO. Its walking skills are exceptional and it is quite good at dribbling, however, it might need some software modifications to enhance its goal-keeping abilities.

The selection results of the real Aibo successor have not been anounced so far, but I guess, it is only a matter of days now.

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