Christian Becker-Asano

[B]elievable [A]ndroids

MARCO videos

"MARCO @ UFreiburg":

In 2014 we started to build "MARCO", the Multimodal Autonomous RoboChess Opponent". Below you find related videos with newest first. Have fun!

  • Up Next MARCO without virtual agent (earliest version)
    The beginning of the MARCO chess robot project.
  • Up Next MARCO music video version
    MARCO on July 3, 2014.
  • Up Next MARCO earlier version
    An early version of Marco demonstrated to young visitors in May 2014. In the beginning, we use a...
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    Up Next MARCO presented at ICMI 2014
    Chess robot "MARCO" demonstrated at the International Conference on Multimodal Interaction in...

We demonstrated MARCO at ICMI2014 in Istanbul, Turkey, and won the Outstanding Demo Award. (Watch this video on youtube, if you like.)

In that configuration we realized:

  • a few display movements
  • emotional facial expressions driven by WASABI based on the evaluation of the board
  • detection of and recovering from "invalid moves" by the human player (at least to some extend)

Next steps / improvements:

  • change the display for a bigger one
  • implement many more agent  behaviors based on a newly invented animation framework
  • finish integration of NOVA framework
  • possibly integrate the IntraFace tracking software
  • devise and conduct empirical studies

It can also be controlled from a remote place using the freechess.org server and any client. Thus, someone can play against me using the robot arm to move his or her pieces.

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