I find myself more and more curious about all the new developments in robot hacking. This was largely driven by discussions with my friend Dave Snowdon, but also after reading an excellent edited book, Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics, by Patrick Lin, Keith Abney, and George A. Bekey published by MIT Press.
As of last year, there were three main contenders for top humanoid robot: Asimo from Honda, HRP-4 from Kawada Industries Inc., and Nao from the French company Aldebaran Robotics. Without a shadow of a doubt, Nao is the cutest to my eyes. However, Roboy from Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich, developed via open source, debuted this month at the World Congress and Exhibition of Robots, Humanoids, Cyborgs, and more.
You can see more on my fascinations, plus some pointers to upcoming events on the interactions blog.