OMRON developed a Forpheus robot to read human feelings

OMRON's latest technology embodying the concept of "a future of integration between people and machines.

OMRON developed a Forpheus robot to read human feelings
Buddy the companion robot by Blue Frog Robotics is seen on display during the CES Unveiled preview event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during CES 2018 in Las Vegas on Jan 7, 2018. Credit: AFP/Mandel Ngan

Japan-based Omron Automation developed a Forpheus robot that accomplishes more than play a mean session of table tennis. It can read a non-verbal communication to check its rival’s capacity, and offer guidance and support.

Forpheus is among a few gadgets appeared at the current week’s Consumer Electronics Show which feature how robots can turn out to be more humanlike by getting “enthusiastic knowledge” and sympathy.

In spite of the fact that this specialization is as yet developing, the thought of mechanical sympathy seemed, by all accounts, to be a solid topic at the immense get-together of innovation experts in Las Vegas.

Honda, the Japanese auto mammoth, propelled another apply autonomy program called Empower, Experience, Empathy including its new 3E-A18 robot which “indicates sympathy to people with an assortment of outward appearances,” as indicated by an announcement.

OMRON developed a Forpheus robot to read human feelings
The Omron Forpheus robot plays table tennis against a human at CES in Las Vegas. (AFP)

Despite the fact that sympathy and passionate insight don’t really require a humanoid shape, some robot producers have been taking a shot at frame and also work.

Keith Kersten from Omron Automation said, “It will try to understand your mood and your playing ability and predict a bit about your next shot. We don’t sell ping pong robots but we are using Forpheus to show how a technology works with people.”

Jean-Michel Mourier of French-based Blue Frog Robotics said, “We’ve been working very hard to have an emotional robot. He has a complex brain,” Mourier said at a CES event. “It will ask for a caress or it will get mad if you poke him in the eye.”

Developing emotional intelligence in robots is a difficult task, melding the use of computer “vision” to interpret objects and people and creating software that can respond accordingly.

Patrick Moorhead, a technology analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy said, “Empathy is the goal: the robot is putting itself in the shoes of the human, and that’s about as hard as it gets. It’s not just about technology, it’s about psychology and trust.”

It could be used to power a humanoid robot, or other devices. For example, an e-reader could better understand a text to infuse more emotion in storytelling. Moreover, it holds the potential to help people improve their table tennis skills could have numerous applications for sports, businesses and more.