bots IN BRIEF
IN THE LINE OF DUTY
The Milwaukee County Sheriff Department's bomb squad used their service bot to help end a stolen Mercury SUV standoff on Interstate 94 recently when the
inhabitants refused to cooperate. The robot's cameras showed that there were only
two people in the vehicle and it broke a window before the cops tossed in some tear
gas, forcing the two to come out.
Incidentally, the driver, who was on parole and had previously been convicted of
14 crimes, had stolen the SUV from its owner, a man who picked them up in Illinois
and trusted the couple because they gave him $20. He left them to go into a convenience store and found his car gone
when he came out.
RAPPIN’ WITH ADAM
RMT Robotics® ( www.rmtrobotics.com) achieved the first implementation of its ADAM RAP (Reactive Audio Playback) system
at Otis Technology ( www.otistec.com), a New York-based gun cleaning
systems manufacturer and assembly operation. The new programmable
sound system includes interactive voice messages and a mobile "vehicle
in motion" jukebox for every mood and season. Together with the Otis
operational group, RMT engineers customized the ADAM sound
application to play "text to speech" messages, sound bites, or musical
interludes that can be either actively or passively triggered in reaction to
a variety of operational conditions and system inputs.
The ADAM RAP application is designed to play various sound bites
in response to queues embedded in the control system to enhance the
user friendliness of the overall system. The use of sound (either voice or
familiar noises/melodies) apparently encourages the acceptance of ADAM
by the human workforce and minimizes potential monotony in the
workplace by reducing the sound redundancy that occurs with traditional beeper-based annunciations.ADAM robots have been
working side by side with Otis employees since July 2009.
TALK TO ME
Google has reportedly purchased Phonetic Arts, a company that specializes in speech synthesis. They
say that they will try to enhance computer robo-voices.
The England-based company that they now own has
produced voice creation PA studio, Composer which lets
you create new lines of dialog from existing recordings,
and Generator which is text turned to voice.
Cool tidbits herein provided by Evan Ackerman at www.botjunkie.com, www.robotsnob.com, www.plasticpals.com, and other places.
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