Imitation Learning with Petoi Bittle
Teach Bittle new skills with simulations from real actions from dogs
What is Imitation Learning?
Quadruped robots such as the Petoi Bittle can be taught complex movements by capturing the real life movements in an animal (such as a tag), and then simulating and transferring those movements to a robot such as the Petoi Bittle. Imitation learning (or teaching a robot skills by imitating a real animal) has become common in the last 2 years and has been applied on many commercial robots, such as to a Laikago robot.
Apply Imitation Learning to Petoi Bittle
Researchers from University of Virginia and Harvard recently tried Imitation Learning on the Petoi Bittle. Their work is available here. The researchers found several limitations in using imitation learning to teach Bittle complex skills, and tried to overcome them. Here are some examples.
Low cost servos: Bittle uses servos (electric motors) in its joints to achieve precise movements. However…