Researchers from the University of Tehran in Iran managed to create a humanoid robot capable of understanding phrases of Farsi or Persian. The humanoid robot was demonstrated last week and it is quite the remarkable feat. The researches from the University of Tehran named the robot Surena III and it took them four years to build. The humanoid robot is capable of grasping objects, stand on one foot, walk on uneven terrain and even kick a ball. Surena III is perfectly capable of recognizing faces, detect objects and track a person’s motions. Aghil Yousefi-Koma leads the Surena project and he says,
One of the best applications for this robot may be employing it in disasters.
There were two other versions of this robot, as is obvious by the name. Surena III has an updated software system which allows it to communicate with the environment it is in, monitor the several sensors it has installed, manage its behaviors and even detect faults within its own system. Most interestingly however, Surena III the humanoid robot, can understand select phrases of Farsi however, it is currently incapable of speaking.
The team of researchers will continue to work on the humanoid robot in hopes of making it autonomous with improved interaction with humans. Of course, the next step might be a speaking module. While Surena III is quite the impressive in the massive line of robots around the world, its movements are somewhat slower and awkward. For example, Pepper can detect human emotions, especially sadness and can do things to cheer one up such as tell jokes or even dance. On the other hand, Asimo can run and even communicate in sign language on top of verbally speaking and dancing. While Surena III’s capabilities are set to grow, it still has a long way to go before it can make it to the mainstream and compete with the other robots. But, there is one unique factor to it, it can understand Farsi however little it may be. Check out the video below.