Robot Boats Rescue Mission. Robotics. Ralph Mosher. One of the few photographs we see of Hardiman I.
I'd have a smile like that on my face too if I had one of these. Hardiman is a name derived somehow, from "Human Augmentation Research and Development Investigation. " and Man from MANipulator. Sometimes written as HardiMan, Hardi-Man, Hardi Man, Hardiman I. Said to also be officially called the "Powered Exo-skeleton. " Note: some reports suggest that only one arm of Hardiman's was built. The Hardiman program from 1965-1971 The Hardiman stated in November 1965. By the end of 1967, the slave prototype had been built following load-bearing joint tests.
There were technological problems with the hydromechanical servos, mainly around their stability. Although the plan was to build the legs first, this setback meant that the ONR directed the program to complete the arm system. The leg and girdle systems were completed late 1970, but was not able to balance or walk without support.
Robots Using ROS: Helicopter Edition. ROS has really taken to the skies, so for this sixth installment it's all about micro aerial vehicles (MAVs): PIXHAWK: The PIXHAWK Open Source MAV Computer Vision project at ETH Zurich is now supporting ROS with their various MAVs.Skybotix CoaX Helicopter: Skybotix is offering a ROS setup on their CoaX helicopter so that customers can use ROS right out of the box.CityFlyer (AscTec Quadrotor): The CCNY Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab has released a variety of ROS libraries and tools to support research with MAVs, including a ground station GUI.
The Penn AscTec Quadrotors, which we we previously featured, are now autonomously mapping multi-floor buildings and aggressively zooming through tossed hoops Previously Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V.
Plastic Pals - Robots who are fun to be with! Webcasts robotblog seminar. Why training a.i. isn’t like training your pets. When we last looked at a paper from the Singularity Institute, it was an interesting work asking if we actually know what we’re really measuring when trying to evaluate intelligence by Dr.
Shane Legg. While I found a few points that seemed a little odd to me, the broader point Dr. Legg was perusing was very much valid and there were some equations to consider. However, this paper isn’t exactly representative of most of the things you’ll find coming from the Institute’s fellows. Generally, what you’ll see are spanning philosophical treatises filled with metaphors, trying to make sense out of a technology that either doesn’t really exist and treated as a black box with inputs and outputs, or imagined by the author as a combination of whatever a popular science site reported about new research ideas in computer science.
Quantum Microscope for Living Biology. A team of Australian scientists has developed a powerful microscope using the laws of quantum mechanics to probe the inner workings of living cells.
The team, a collaboration between The University of Queensland and the Australian National University, believe their microscope could lead to a better understanding of the basic components of life and eventually allow quantum mechanics to be probed at a macroscopic level. Their world-first discovery has been published online today in Nature Photonics. Team leader Associate Professor Warwick Bowen, of UQ’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, said the study relied on quantum interactions between the photons of light to achieve measurement precision that surpassed conventional measurement. “This ‘quantum microscope’ is a pioneering step towards applications of quantum physics in technology,” Associate Professor Bowen said. “Unfortunately, biological samples are grilled when the power is increased too far,” said Mr Taylor.
My Beebot. Insect drives robot to track down smells. The results have been published today, 6 February, in IOP Publishing’s journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics.
The male silkmoth was chosen as the ‘driver’ of the robot due to its characteristic ‘mating dance’ when reacting to the sex pheromone of the female. Once the male is stimulated by the pheromone it exhibits a distinctive walking pattern: straight-line and zigzagged walking consisting of several turns followed by a loop of more than 360°. Lead author of the research, Dr Noriyasu Ando, said: “The simple and robust odour tracking behaviour of the silkmoth allows us to analyse its neural mechanisms from the level of a single neuron to the moth’s overall behaviour. By creating an ‘artificial brain’ based on the knowledge of the silkmoth’s individual neurons and tracking behaviour, we hope to implement it into a mobile robot that will be equal to the insect-controlled robot developed in this study.” From Wednesday 6 February, this paper can be downloaded here. Tiny Robotic Bee Assembles Itself Like Pop-Up Book.
Harvard has built tiny robots using the principles of origami (Photo: Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory) Harvard University engineers have come up with a production technique inspired by pop-up books and origami, that allows clones of tiny robots to be mass-produced in sheets.
Pratheev Sreetharan and colleagues at the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory have been working on bio-inspired robots that are about the same size as a bee, can fly and can work autonomously as a robotic colony.