Watch: MIT's Self-Assembling Robots Offer Whiffs of Optimus Prime Photo: M. Scott BrauerPhoto: M. Scott BrauerPhoto: Kyle GilpinPhoto: M. Scott Brauer If the movies have taught us anything, it’s that the future isn’t just about robots–it’s about robots that can heal, adapt, and change their entire appearance at a moment’s notice.
Robotic kangaroo based on the principles of nature Typically, robots look and act like what they are…robotic. However a German company by the name of Festo has designed a robotic kangaroo, dubbed the “BionicKangaroo”, which has been designed to mimic a real life kangaroo. The robotic kangaroo looks and acts cute on the exterior, while the insides are comprised of impressive robotics. [Image Courtesy of Festo] BionicKangaroo is three feet tall, weighs 15 pounds, (7 kilogram), it can launch itself a foot high, (40cm), when it jumps in the air and manages to go a distance of two and a half feet, (80cm). This android's muscles and tendons allow it to move like a human Hmm — did you see the post about the supply-hauling robot from yesterday? To me, it looked (and trotted) startlingly horse-like. I will take a gander! I'm certainly not trying to talk down on engineering that I couldn't imagine undertaking, but I just don't think of human anatomy as the end-all be-all of design. I feel the same way about automobiles.
Flying insect-like robot Gimball can crash and recover 31 October 2013Last updated at 10:20 ET By Tom Espiner Technology reporter Co-creator Adrien Briod said the Gimball was tested in a forest, where it collided with trees An insect-like flying rescue robot that can bounce off trees and buildings has been revealed by its creators. Gimball has been developed to be used in situations that are hazardous to humans. The robot is designed to be able to deal with crashes, and to right itself after a collision. Gimball has a protective spherical roll-cage, and is mounted on pivots to stay upright.
Vector control (motor) Vector control, also called field-oriented control (FOC), is a variable frequency drive (VFD) control method which controls three-phase AC electric motor output by means of two controllable VFD inverter output variables: (Voltage angle, or phase, is only indirectly controlled) FOC is a control technique that is used in AC synchronous and induction motor applications that was originally developed for high-performance motor applications which can operate smoothly over the full speed range, can generate full torque at zero speed, and is capable of fast acceleration and deceleration but that is becoming increasingly attractive for lower performance applications as well due to FOC's motor size, cost and power consumption reduction superiority. Block diagram from Blaschke's 1971 US patent application Technical University Darmstadt's K. Hasse and Siemens' F.
This 6-Foot, 330-Pound Robot May One Day Save Your Life Meet Atlas, the Pentagon’s 6'2", 330-pound humanitarian robot. He was designed to save lives in disaster zones (like Fukushima). But while this Tin Man has a heart, he lacks a brain. In December, seven teams of scientists from top institutions, including MIT and Virginia Tech, will compete to code the bot for action. Each team will send its own Atlas into Darpa’s trials—eight tasks that will test his ability to navigate degraded terrain, drive a utility vehicle, and enter buildings.
Hexapod Figures Out How to Walk After You Chop Its Leg Off If the movies have taught us anything, it's that chopping a futuristic death robot's leg off does not significantly diminish its capacity to hunt you down. Want to know where that capacity for being utterly unstoppable came from? It's this, right here. After just 20 minutes worth of iterations, in the above video example the robot has come up with a five-legged gait that moves it along at 18 cm/s, as compared to the undamaged 26 cm/s gait. Not bad, considering that an unmodified five-legged gait had it limping along at just 8 cm/s. The cool bit about this recovery model is that it doesn't require any specific information about what parts are malfunctioning or missing.
Cheetah-Cub Is A Cat-Like Quadruped That’s The Fastest Bot Of Its Size We’re still a ways away from electric sheep roaming the fields pretending to bleat but robotics researchers continue to look to nature for four-legged inspiration. Meet Cheetah-Cub, a European Commission-funded research project, out of Swiss University the École Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne‘s biorobotics lab, that’s about the size of a house cat. As its name suggests, Cheetah-Cub takes its cues from feline morphology with strings replacing tendons and actuators sited in the legs to do the work of muscles. The result is a robot that runs like a cat and is, according to its inventor Alex Sproewitz, the fastest robot for its size (under 30kg).
Orbotix Rolls Out Speedy Next-Gen Sphero Sphero is a robotic ball that you can drive around with your smartphone. It's a lot fun, and we've been especially impressed with the way that you can get down into its software and mess with it, changing it from a relatively simple remote controlled toy into a real autonomous robot. Heck, you can even control it with ROS. Drone boat upgraded for Atlantic crossing A year ago, Greg Holloway set out to build an ocean drone, based on the tiny Raspberry Pi $35 computer.Wired covered the start of the project, called FishPi, last summer, as Holloway was working on a Proof of Concept Vehicle (POCV), which at that time was essentially an upturned lunch container on the hull of a model ship. Now that he’s approaching the one-year anniversary, the initial testing and research is paying off, and with collaborator Al Gray he’s revealing plans for the final design to the FishPi community.“When I began the project I had the optimistic expectation of being on the high seas by now,” says Holloway. “FishPi will cross the Atlantic, it might just take a bit longer than I expected!” What the FishPi looks like now.