Monday, October 29, 2012

Mental Rotation

Robot Monkey See, Robot Monkey Find Grocery Store 
...on the left-hand side of the street next to Jiffy Lube. 

Primates visualize unfamiliar environments by a process called mental rotation, the ability to rotate mental representations of two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects. 

Rotating shapes and spatial reasoning are an integral part of high-level cognition. Using depth information from motion sensors to establish how objects look in their surroundings, robots are catching up with primates in their ability to receive visual instructions and act on them without a map. 

Ronald C. Arkin, in the publication, The Role of Mental Rotations in Primate-inspired Robot Navigation, explores mental rotation in primate and human navigation and takes it to robot navigation - human 2.0. 

Watch out long-time Tetris players... looks like there's a new player on the block! 

Colin Fahey, 2003 clip on TechTV

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