Almost all of us have played Scrabble and love to win the game. A Taiwan based company called ITRI has launched the Intelligent Visions System for Companion Robots. The company has put together AI, 3D vision recognition and eye-hand coordination technology in the robot to make it more capable of interacting with humans. The robot makes use of cameras to create 3D images of the board and the letters. Then it uses its AI to select the maximum point value word in the dictionary.
The robot shows no mercy to its opponent humans. It is programmed to gloat and doesn’t throw any tantrums. However, the robot never loses unless it is playing against itself. The machine also gives consolation prizes to the opponents since it knows losing every time is not very nice. Here is a video of the robot playing scrabble.