Honda's HEARBO robot dances, and (inlaid) a close-up of its head with the position of its microphones
HARK allows the robot to parse up to four speakers simultaneously, as shown in this example of "verbal rock-paper-scissors"
Honda's HEARBO can distinguish between four different types of sound simultaneously
A team led by Kazuhiro Nakadai at Honda Research Institute-Japan (HRI-JP) is improving how robots process and understand sound. The robot, aptly called HEARBO (HEARing roBOt), can parse four sounds (including voices) at once, and can tell where the sounds are coming from. The system, called HARK, could allow future robot servants to better understand verbal commands from several meters away.
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