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Xbox One should accelerate development of learning robots

Tim Greene | May 31, 2013
Ashutosh Saxena bought an Xbox to play computer games at home, but discovered that the Kinect motion-detection technology it includes provides a rich tool for his robotics lab where he's trying to create robots that learn what humans are up to and try to help out.

Assistant robots could help at nursing facilities, determining if patients have taken medications and dispensing them.

He says some of these applications could be ready for commercial use within five years.

The difficult part will be writing software that can analyze human activity, identify specific task that are being performed by people, anticipate what they are likely to do next and figure out what they can do that's useful, Saxena says.


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