Robots Archives. SkyCall quadcopter by MIT Senseable City Lab. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have built a flying robot that can guide people around complex urban environments or aid search-and-rescue missions, in an attempt to show that drones can perform useful tasks as well as sinister ones (+ movie).
The SkyCall quadcopter, designed by research group Senseable City Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, acts like an electronic flying guide dog, hovering just ahead of the user and guiding them to their destination. Yaniv Jacob Turgeman, research and development lead at Senseable City Lab, said SkyCall was designed to counter the sinister reputation of drones, and show they can be useful. "Our imaginations of flying sentient vehicles are filled with dystopian notions of surveillance and control, but this technology should be tasked with optimism," he told Dezeen. Gradhiva n°15. ReaDIYmate. ENTRETIEN : "Francisco Varela : " Le cerveau n'est pas un ordinateur " Education and Entertainment Robotic DIY kit. La boutique du Robot. My Robot Nation. ROBO GARAGE. ･DARwIn-LC. Virginia Tech’s RoMeLa unveiled a cute new robot at RoboCup 2010 in Singapore.
It’s called DARwIn-LC (Low Cost) and was featured on a poster near the Robotis Bioloid booth with the headline “Open Platform Humanoid Robot”. It sports 20 degrees of freedom actuated by Robotis AX-18F (18kg/cm torque) servos. Thanks to an NSF grant, the robot will be manufactured along with its sibling, DARwIn-HP (High Performance), to be distributed to 11 of Virginia Tech’s partner universities, and may even be available through Robotis itself. Aldebaran Launches NAO Next Gen. Aldebaran Robotics has launched NAO Next Gen, a new version of a robot used by universities around the world.
Aside from some new colors, NAO Next Gen doesn’t look any different from the previous version, but boasts upgraded performance in key areas. The new 1.6GHz Intel processor can handle two HD video streams simultaneously, allowing it to recognize objects and faces faster. New speech recognition software (called Nuance) can sift out the most important words in a spoken sentence to produce more accurate responses. And the company has optimized NAO’s walking gait, which increases its speed dramatically. Other features include smart torque control and self-collision avoidance.
Join Us and bring NAO to life! - NAO Developer Program. L’avenir de la programmation (2/6) : La programmation pour les non-programmeurs. Aldebaran Robotics, the creators of Nao.