It is our pleasure to announce the first public release of Rapyuta: The RoboEarth Cloud Engine. Rapyuta is an open source cloud robotics platform for robots. It implements a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) framework designed specifically for robotics applications. Rapyuta helps robots to offload heavy computation by providing secured customizable computing environments in the cloud. Robots can start their own computational environment, launch any computational node uploaded by the developer, and communicate with the launched nodes using the WebSockets protocol. Rapyuta: The RoboEarth Cloud Engine
Robots can now collaborate over their very own Internet
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-68421" alt="SH-158_1-BIG" src="http://3278as3udzze1hdk0f2th5nf18c1.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/SH-158_1-BIG.jpg" width="580" height="318"/> The Internet of Things — a network that connects devices, from sneakers to massive industrial oil- and gas-drilling equipment, and runs the information they provide through big data-analyzing software — has been over-promised and under-delivered. Yet tech companies are still lumbering toward such a network. General Electric recently took a big step, more than doubling the vertically-specialized hardware/software packages it offers to connect machines and interpret their data. The company hopes to make its mark by significantly reducing the amount of “unplanned downtime” that industrial equipment undergoes, thereby bringing about economic benefits. General Electric Expands Internet of Things to More Industrial Equipment
Robots to get their own internet 9 February 2011 Last updated at 10:54 GMT By Mark Ward Technology correspondent, BBC News
Gramazio & Kohler, Architects ETH SIA BSA Flight Assembled Architecture, 2011-2012FRAC Centre Orléans Flight Assembled Architecture is the first architectural installation assembled by flying robots, free from the touch of human hands. The installation is an expression of a rigorous architectural design by Gramazio & Kohler and a visionary robotic system by Raffaello D’Andrea. Flight Assembled Architecture consists of over 1.500 modules which are placed by a multitude of quadrotor helicopters, collaborating according to mathematical algorithms that translate digital design data to the behavior of the flying machines. In this way, the flying vehicles, together, extend themselves as “living” architectural machines and complete the composition from their dynamic formation of movement and building performance. Within the build, an architectural vision of a 600m high “vertical village” for 30’000 inhabitants unfolds as model in 1:100 scale.
Google driverless car Toyota Prius modified to operate as a Google driverless car driving a test course. [ 1 ] The Google driverless car is a project by Google that involves developing technology for driverless cars . The project is currently being led by Google engineer Sebastian Thrun , director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-inventor of Google Street View .
Toyota recently added its voice to a chorus of major automakers promising self-driving systems when the firm announced it would offer a car with “automated driving technologies” by the mid-2010s. In recent months, several manufacturers—Tesla, Nissan, BMW—have published forecasts of robot cars inside the next decade. Toyota, the latest to promise automated car tech, is more modest than some of its competitors. The Japanese firm’s Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA) system is, as the name suggests, for highways only. Toyota Joins Slew of Major Automakers Promising Self-Driving Technology This Decade
Scientists explore the ocean floor with half-crab-half-car behemoth
A researcher watches RoboJelly, an unmanned underwater vehicle that swims like a jellyfish and uses hydrogen from water as fuel. These are the kinds of jellyfish you don’t need to be afraid of. They look and swim like jellyfish, but they’re actually water-dwelling fuel cells attached to an artificial muscle, and they might just be the answer to a powerful and cheap way to monitor the world’s oceans. RoboJelly, The Unmanned Underwater Vehicle That Uses Water For Fuel
Watch this robotic worm assemble itself. Oh, and it was 3D printed. Back in the 1890's, people laughed at those ugly, stinky, awkward steam powered cars. "That thing can't even drive across town without breaking down," a man laughed. "Ol' Bessie is a lot more reliable," he said, petting his horse.
Modular robot reassembles when kicked apart
Ugh, this is a BRILLIANT IDEA! 3D printers are currently a bit too big for that prospect (even for the SUV-sized Curiosity) but as the technology becomes...not smaller but slimmer (you can't really change the size of the printers themselves because that determines the size-limit of the finished product) I can see this being a very viable solution for robots on other planets. Just occasionally launch a parachute full of new supplies at the surface, and let the rover retrieve and install them itself. 3/21/13 1:15pm This off-road robot could help revolutionize the exploration of other planets
Researchers create robot exoskeleton that is controlled by a moth running on a trackball If you’re terrified of the possibility that humanity will be dismembered by an insectoid master race, equipped with robotic exoskeletons (or would that be exo-exoskeletons?), look away now. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have strapped a moth into a robotic exoskeleton, with the moth successfully controlling the robot to reach a specific location inside a wind tunnel.
No need to wait up. The speedier Alpha Dog now trots over flat terrain at 7 mph. For the last decade now Boston Dynamics has continuously provided some of the best two- and four-legged walking robots on the planet, and they’re continuing this trend with their latest version of Alpha Dog. Most articles about Alpha Dog go kind of like, “Impressive, but man, really loud.” Well Boston Dynamics has just released a video of the new and improved – and much quieter – prototype. New Video Of Army’s Alpha Dog Robot: “This Thing Is Awesome”
Pentagon invests $10M to make this scary robot silent and bulletproof Boston Dynamics has just received a serious injection of cash to upgrade its Legged Squad Support System (LS3) pack mule. The challenge now is to make it quieter and resistant to small arms fire. Yeah, about that...
Boston Dynamics - Petman Robot Chemical Warfare Suit Testing [1080p]
Robotic Hand Designed to Disarm Bombs
Back when DARPA first announced its Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program in 2010, the average cost of a military-grade robot hand was around US$50,000. That's expensive even by the US military's standards – especially for something that is bound to be in close contact with explosives – which is why the hardware team of the ARM program tasked participants with developing a reliable low-cost hand. Now, thanks to work by iRobot (yes, the company that makes the Roomba robotic vacuum) and researchers at Harvard and Yale, the ARM program has a surprisingly effective new hand to play with that costs just $3,000 (in batches of 1,000 or more). View all iRobot yields impressive results for DARPA's ARM program
Robotic grippers based on granular jamming
In the graphic novel The Watchmen , the physicist Jon Osterman is vaporized in an experiment and comes back as the god-like Doctor Manhattan after meticulously putting himself together again one organ system at a time. In a way, Japanese researchers are doing their own version of this through efforts to create human-like robots, though it’s requiring a much longer time frame to make a person out of metal and plastics. In a recent effort to mimic the human musculoskeletal system, researchers at the University of Tokyo unveiled Kenshiro , a 50-kg robot that has the bones and muscles akin to a 12-year-old boy. The bones are made from aluminum, and the bot has individual ribs as well as floating knee cap (patella). Kenshiro was designed with many of the major muscle groups of the body, 160 in total with most of them being in the torso and legs. Japanese Researchers Continue Quest To Build Life-Like Humanoid Robots
Meet the Amazing Robots That Will Compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Wow. I mean, seriously, wow. We've been incredibly excited to see the progress that Boston Dynamics has been making on ATLAS in preparation for the DARPA Robotics Challenge , but we had no idea what to expect from the challenge's Track A teams, each of whom will be designing and building their own robot with capabilities comparable to what we've seen ATLAS do. Today, October 24, is opening day for the DARPA Robotics Challenge, or DRC. The press release sums it up nicely: " over the next two years, teams will compete to develop and put to the test hardware and software designed to enable robots to assist humans in emergency response when a disaster strikes."