Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Home Lead Story Facebook AI Develops 'Home Robot' to Find Sound-Emitting Objects

Facebook AI Develops ‘Home Robot’ to Find Sound-Emitting Objects

This Facebook 'home robot' can find your lost ringing phone

Researchers at Facebook AI have developed a home robot that can move through an unmapped environment to find a sound-emitting object, such as a phone ringing.

Called ‘SoundSpaces,’ the first audio-visual platform for embodied AI can accomplish a task like checking to see whether you locked the front door or retrieving a cell phone that’s ringing in an upstairs bedroom.

AI assistants of the future must learn to plan their route, navigate effectively, look around their physical environment, listen to what’s happening around them, and build memories of the 3D space.

Follow NewsGram on Twitter to stay updated about the World news.

These smarter assistants will require new advances in embodied AI, which seeks to teach machines to understand and interact with the complexities of the physical world as people do.

Leveraging SoundSpaces, Facebook introduced a new task for embodied AI: AudioGoal.

“To our knowledge, this is the first attempt to train deep reinforcement learning agents that both see and hear to map novel environments and localize sound-emitting targets,” Facebook AI said in a statement.

Facebook AI Develops 'Home Robot' to Find Sound-Emitting Objects
Unlike traditional navigation systems that tackle point-goal navigation, the home robot doesn’t require a pointer to the goal location. (Representational Image). Pixabay

With this approach, the researchers achieved faster training and higher accuracy in navigation than with single modality counterparts.

‘SoundSpaces’ provides a new audio sensor, making it possible to insert high-fidelity, realistic simulations of any sound source in an array of real-world scanned environments.

Unlike traditional navigation systems that tackle point-goal navigation, the home robot doesn’t require a pointer to the goal location.

This means an agent can now act upon “go find the ringing phone” rather than “go to the phone that is 25 feet southwest of your current position.” It can discover the goal position on its own using multi-modal sensing.

Also Read: Classical Music – The New Way To Beat Stress

To build ‘SoundSpaces’, Facebook used a state-of-the-art algorithm for room acoustics modeling and a “bidirectional path tracing algorithm” to model sound reflections in the room geometry.

With ‘SoundSpaces’, researchers can train an agent to identify and move toward a sound source even if it’s behind a couch, for example, or to respond to sounds it has never heard before, said Facebook AI. (IANS)



Most Popular

Armaan Malik on Factors Threatening Our Mental Health

Singer Armaan Malik has opened up on the factors that he feels are responsible for threatening our mental health. Armaan feels that we as a...

Thane Athlete Is First To Complete The Everesting Running Challenge

An athlete from Thane has become the first Indian woman to complete the grueling Everesting Running Challenge (ERC), while a man finished it fastest,...

Techniques To Predict COVID Outcomes

Researchers have published one of the first studies using a Machine Learning (ML) technique called "federated learning" to examine electronic health records to better...

Colorectal Cancer Can Be Prevented by Tests: Study

Researchers have demonstrated that a simple, cheap test can help identify who is at risk of developing colorectal cancer, aiding early diagnosis and potentially...

Space Junk: What is it and Who Owns it?

You may think that space is just a void - an unimaginably large, empty space stretching out forever. However, while that may be true...

What is The Difference Between Srimad Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam? Answered!

It becomes very essential to understand and become aware of our rich cultural heritage. This also includes the knowledge about our Hindu Vedic texts...

Here’s Why You Must Consider Switching From Facebook Messenger Soon!

As the debate rages over new WhatsApp data sharing policy, another Facebook family product called Messenger does not offer any end-to-end protection and is...

“Audience Does Not Pay Heed To The Roles I Like Personally”, Says Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Critically acclaimed actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he loves playing dry characters that do not go overboard with emotions, even though the audience rarely roots...

Recent Comments