ROILA is a new language being developed in the Netherlands for communicating with robots.  What is the easiest way for elderly folks and young people to communicate?  Obviously through talking.  Hence, this cool project thought the easiest way to communicate with robots would be through talking.

ROILA is a spoken language for robots. It is constructed to make it easy for humans to learn, but also easy for the robots to understand. ROILA is optimized for the robots’ automatic speech recognition and understanding. We provide open source software that allows your Lego robot to understand ROILA. We are currently also working on enabling your robots to speak ROILA.

Hopefully someday my iRobot vacuum will take verbal commands.   With my luck the robot would be surly.

“Hey iRobot, you missed a spot.”

“No, I didn’t.”

“Yes you did.  Right there, to your left.”

“Oh, that.  Well, if you stopped leaving crap on the floor I wouldn’t have to vacuum it up.”

The folks at ROILA have received a donation of 20 NXT sets and Technic girders from Lego that they aim to give out to children who learn ROILA.

Link via (The NXT Step) via (Make)

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