Science is everywhere around us, and researchers or scientists make new steps towards technological development every day. Now MIT, one of the most successful and known – for a good reason – universities around the globe in the fields of science, presents a new humanoid robot that is unlike any other that has been presented so far.
One of the most significant difficulties that the scientific community has trouble dealing with when it comes to the construction of humanoid robots, is the imitation of human reflexes. And that is why Hermes (the robot’s name) is different than anything similar that has been presented until this day. Hermes is very good at imitating human reflexes. That is achieved through the human with which the robot is connected something that allows it to copy the human’s moves. In fact, through a joystick-like device Hermes showed the ability to make even harder, more sophisticated moves that require the use of hands and fingers.
As it is mentioned on Popular Science”, Joao Ramos, a PhD student, describes the whole project as an effort to get a human, on a robot’s mind. And due to that statement, many sci-fi fans, have already imagined Hermes as a gigantic robot like the ones shown in the movie Pacific Rim, operated by specially trained pilots using army drones. Well it might not be accurate but it is definitely very interesting!
Now in the real world however, Hermes is designed so that he can correspond to situations where humans fail to do so. For example, thanks to the robot’s strength – Hermes is obviously much stronger than any human – it could be sent to help in rescue operations and save people as well as precious resources that would by spent for the operation otherwise.
The concept for the use of this complicated humanoid, is that the operator will be able to move the robot from a screen. And while this might seem pretty wicked advanced on its own, researchers believe that it’s only the beginning. In the near future, Hermes could very likely have autonomy and self-control of his movements, as programmers want to make sure that he will keep his functionality even in case the connection with the operator is lost.
Albert Wang, another PhD student and coworker of Joao Ramos, says: “The human’s still going to provide that creativity, that problem-solving and that large-scale coordination of all the joints, but we’ve designed the robot to be stronger than a person, so we’d imagine that in the future we want to merge some level of autonomous control along with the human’s intelligence.”