Watch Google’s New Small Dog Robot Take A Kicking And Keep On Ticking Google purchased Boston Dynamics last year, which means it now owns the company’s ongoing robotics projects, including BigDog. Today, the Google subsidiary posted videos of a smaller dog-like robot, aptly named Spot, which weighs around 160 lbs, has an electric powerhouse and can operate both indoors and outside. The robot, as you can see from the clip, can walk, trot and climb across all types of terrain, and can even survive attempts to destabilize it by unfeeling humans eager with their kicks. The robot isn’t quite the pack animal that BigDog is, since its larger predecessor weighs 240 lbs and can carry 340 lbs, but it looks like it might be able to travel with more agility, if not more speed, and it’s more able to operate in environs where there isn’t much room to navigate.
Controlling a Poppy ergo using the Leap Motion This demonstration was realized during a the workshop/hackathon jointly organized by the Cité des Sciences in Paris and the Flowers group at Inria in october. The Leap Motion tracks the movements of the human hand and send the values to the robot actuators. This allows quite a precise control of the robot to, e.g., grasp a plastic glass, as shown at the end of the Hackathon main video. The code to reproduce this demonstration is available on github. JIBO, The World's First Family Robot. Friendly, helpful and intelligent. From social robotics pioneer Dr. Cynthia Breazeal. - [Ji-Dong Yim] Cally and Callo - Nightly Ji-Dong Yim Ph.D. Candidate Respondesign Groundbreaking Kinect for Windows Solutions Home Fitness Fitworld Kinect for Windows Powered by our EMP fitness system, Fitworld Kinect is the premium version of our Fitworld on Facebook system.
Watch This Japanese Robot Is Sprinting and Backflipping Like a Boss After we were all weirded out watching Boston Dynamic's galloping "WildCat" robot sprint around like a live animal, the day robots could run like proper humans seemed inevitable. Well, now Japanese scientists have created both the cutest and scariest little torso-bot that can sprint and do backflips all by its acrobatic self. According to the researchers at Japan's Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory, their "actively coordinated high-speed image-processing running experiment system'' (ACHIRES) allows for the bot to run up to a velocity of 4.2 km/h without falling over. "ACHIRES is composed of high-speed vision and high-speed actuators to achieve instantaneous recognition and behavior," said the company in their description. Apparently, they use similar software for their rock paper scissors-playing robot. The robot looks strangely like a human torso and legs when it runs—and even more so when the thing backflips.
Poppy Project on Vimeo Upload User Stats Profile Images User Bio External Links Poppy Project This 3D-Printed Exoskeleton Could One Day Turn You Into a Cyborg For years, the military has worked on exoskeletons to help turn soldiers into heavy-lifting cyborgs. Now with the first civilian exoskeleton manufactured using a 3-D printer, the budding robosuit industry may someday get a little more DIY. If the military gets in on the trend, it means that soldiers could one day make their own combat exoskeletons using desktop computers. The 3D-printed exoskeleton (seen above) is not exactly a super-suit — it’s designed for a toddler and is about as sophisticated as a swing-arm desk lamp — and human-assisted limbs are not new.
- OLLO by KidsTech Review - Nightly Written on Mar 15, 2010 by RuthJS and filed under Featured, Reviews, Robotis Some of the coolest toys I found at Toy Fair were the OLLO construction kits. They resemble a cross between an Erector® set and K’nex® with some LEGO® mixed in for good measure. IES MiloRange: Kinect for Windows MILO Range Pro and Advanced systems now feature IES's exclusive Kinect™ for Windows® options that provides new and enhanced interaction and functionality for a variety of training objectives. MILO Range with Kinect™ for Windows® takes the realism of training, interactivity, and responsiveness to an entirely new level never seen before in any type of firearm or use-of-force training systems. The MILO Range Pro with Kinect™ for Windows® feature enabled can detect and respond to a variety of trainee verbal and non-verbal actions, including: Baton Swings Punches, Strikes, and Kicks Defensive & Offensive Movements and Positions Customized Poses and Gestures Tactical Movement and Positions Speech and Verbal Commands
Cupertino Aloft Hotel Beta Testing Room Service Robot Some people are worried that the rise of robots will herald the end of civilization, as described in the Terminator films. Others are concerned about robots replacing humans, leading to even higher unemployment. But for the Starwood hotel chain, robots might be a popular addition to its hotels. Starwood is currently beta testing the use of room service robots at the Aloft Hotel, which is located near the Apple campus in Cupertino. The thinking is that the kind of people who are staying in a hotel in Cupertino embrace new technology and won't be alarmed if a robot instead of a human delivers them toothpaste at 2:00 am. On August 20th the Aloft Cupertino will roll out the Botlr, which is a robotic bellhop.