Say hello to my new friend Gambit, a chess-playing robot whom
I met last week in Seattle.
Developed by Intel Labs Seattle researchers and students
from the University of Washington, it interacts with human chess
players by watching your every move, then tells you what your move was, reaches out with its mechanical arm and either gently picks your piece off the board setting aside and/or makes its move.
Gambit can adapt to any size board, using an
off-the-shelf computer chess game player in addition to a lot of programming for its human-like moves and smarts.
On the rare occasion Gambit accidentally
drops a piece, he simply asks for your help, before continuing the game.
The 3D sensor that picks up your every move and so
accurately lifts chess pieces off the board, is the same kind used in today’s Xbox 360 Kinect, manufactured and licensed by Israeli-based www.primesense.com
Only in this case, Gambit is smarter and very human-like,
with the arm designed by Seattle-based robot designer Roberto Aimi of Alium
Labs. For more information on Intel’s context-aware research, go to:
Check out Gambit in action at: