by mwaibel 33,081 views
In a unique step for an industrial robot manufacturer, robotics giant KUKA has released a mobile platform (!) with open interfaces (!) including several open source (!) software modules for education and research (!).
The video shows a prototype. The final version will feature magnesium casings for the arm to make it even lighter, re-designed covers for the body that allow for easier battery access and - obviously - omniwheels in KUKA-orange.
Specs and all the rest here: http://www.kuka-youbot.com
Video taken at Automatica 2010.
by FestoHQ 224,201 views
http://www.festo.com/cms/en_corp/9655.htm - The Bionic Handling Assistant is a light, free-moving "third hand" system. Thanks to its structural compliance, direct contact between humans and machines humans and machine is now no longer a danger.
by FestoHQ 26,143 views
Robotino® XT - A mobile learning system with the Handling Assistant: http://www.festo.com/robotinoxt_en
Robotino® XT is a mobile robot application that comprises both a learning system and a research object for future industrial usage. It is based on the Robotino® mobile learning robot developed by Festo Didactic.
This system, which has already been established at universities and vocational schools, is being extended with the addition of a compact version of the Bionic Handling Assistant. Robotino® XT can not only manoeuvre in cramped spaces - with twelve degrees of freedom in all, this robot can move flexibly and can extend its adaptive gripper with high precision.
by CornellCCSL 178,452 views
This video is an introduction to our Universal Jamming Gripper, which is featured on the cover of the November 2, 2010 edition of PNAS.
Fore more information on this gripper and links to related videos visit: http://ccsl.mae.cornell.edu/jamming_gripper
This research is a collaboration between our lab at Cornell, the lab of Heinrich Jaeger at the University of Chicago, and iRobot.
by mwaibel 6,233 views
Today's robots do not take advantage of the Internet. With RoboEarth (http://www.roboearth.org) we are building a World Wide Web for robots.
This video tutorial shows how you can create and use RoboEarth object models.
For more information, including downloads, installation instructions, and a step by step copy-paste tutorial, have a look at http://www.ros.org/wiki/roboearth
by iasTUMUNICH 107,917 views
Watch the full version here:
by theworacle 39,163 views
Northrop Grumman video showing its Proteus manned test aircraft (left) and a NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft (right) conducting the first simulated autonomous aerial refueling at high altitude. Proteus (acting the the tanker) and the Global Hawk (as the receiver - its the reverse of the normal way) flew as close as 40ft apart at an altitude of 45,000ft in a risk-reduction flight for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's KQ-X program. Wake turbulence between the aircraft as well as engine performance and flight control responsiveness in the stratosphere were evaluated.
by defensereview 18,749 views
DefenseReview.com (DR) (http://www.defensereview.com) video of Prioria Robotics Maveric UAS throwable SUAV with flexible/bendable wing being demonstrated and explained at SOFIC 2011.
Camera work and interview conducted by DR owner/editor-in-chief David Crane (behind the camera).
by Sergei Lupashin 3,019,393 views
Ball juggling experiments with quadrotors in the ETH Flying Machine Arena
By Mark Müller, Sergei Lupashin and Raffaello D'Andrea
IDSC, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Common question: This is not human-piloted (please see the overview vid). The vehicles/ball are tracked by an overhead motion capture system and controlled by a pair of computers.
by mwaibel 519,855 views
Yesterday night the first installation to be built by flying machines opened its doors to the public. An hour or so after the Opening, after most of the crowd had gone to drink champagne in the building next door, I snuck upstairs and recorded a few short clips of the quadrocopters.
The installation, called "Flight Assembled Architecture", was conceived and built by teams led by my colleagues Fabio Gramazio & Matthias Kohler as well as Raffaello D'Andrea at the ETH Zurich. It illustrates a radically new way of thinking about materializing architecture: Use a multitude of mobile flying agents working in parallel and acting together as a scalable production means. As you can see in the video, the quadrocopters are programmed to interact, lift, transport and assemble small modules in order to erect a building.
The tower is actually a 1:100 model of a "vertical village" with a height of 600 meters and housing 30'000 inhabitants. To learn more about the technology (control architecture, collision avoidance and freeway based flight, prick placement, safety systems, etc.) and architectural aspects (geographic location, transit times, access plans, structural and wind tunnel analysis, etc.), have a look at http://www.idsc.ethz.ch/Research_DAndrea/fmec
- Markus Waibel
by epflnews 55,104 views
Inexpensive and easy to use MAVs, developed by Severin Leven and Sensefly, are shown here to be able to flock in formations up to ten robots. The project, presented by Sabine Hauert from EPFL's Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, will be shown at the IROS 2011 annual meeting.
by Appirion 426,214 views
Go to http://autonomos-labs.com for more information on the "BrainDriver" and our "MadeInGermany" - an autonomous car by the Freie Universität Berlin.
checkout more cool videos:
iDriver - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHDwKT564Kk
iPad HMI - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kyk1VLTSH_U
eyeDriver - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zbrySJVQ5A
by TORCtechnologies 23,912 views
TORC ( http://www.torctech.com/products/bywire-xgv-drive-wire-groun
d-vehicle-platform ) is proud to have been a part of the NFB Blind Driver Challenge(tm) team with NFB and Virginia Tech's Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa).
Blind Man Drives Car Independently
Baltimore, Maryland (January 29, 2011): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the nation, announced today that for the first time a blind individual has driven a street vehicle in public without the assistance of a sighted person. Mark Anthony Riccobono, a blind executive who directs technology, research, and education programs for the organization, was behind the wheel of a Ford Escape hybrid equipped with nonvisual technology and successfully navigated 1.5 miles of the road course section of the famed track at the Daytona International Speedway.
Read the full news release and get more information at:
To learn more about the organizations involved, visit:
NFB - http://www.nfb.org/nfb/NFB_Blind_Driver_Challenge.asp
RoMeLa - http://www.romela.org
TORC - http://www.torctech.com
blind driver challenge, nfb blind driver challenge, blind driver, romela blind driver challenge, dr. dennis hong, torc, robotics
by HighGearMediaVideos 91,280 views
Europe's SARTRE (SAfe Road TRains for the Environment) project is well underway, having carried out its first successful demonstration of its self-driving technology at Volvo's proving grounds near Gothenburg, Sweden.
For more information, check out www.MotorAuthority.com
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by David Dorhout 75,104 views
*note added at bottom on 2-24-2012
This is a short video that lays out the new concept of swarm farming and demonstrates the first phase with Prospero, the robot farmer. For more information about Prospero and swarm robotics in farming visit www.DorhoutRD.com or see the featured article about Prospero in the 2012 January/February issue of ROBOT Magazine.
Man's most basic need
Throughout the ages men have strived to produce more and better food for growing populations.
And technological advances
However, all this progress has had one common element that has not changed.
Man has always been at the center of food production and has now become the limiting factor. For 10,000 years, the primary focus of technological advancement has always been increasing the productivity and safety of the operator.
But these incremental improvements will soon be outpaced by the exponential population increase that we are experiencing. Sometime in the near future, the population will exceed our ability to provide food for all of earth's inhabitants.
(A Transition: A new vision for farming)
What we need is a paradigm shift on a scale of the transition from hunting and gathering to an agrarian society. A complete reboot that will change our conception of what agriculture is.
(The New Solution:)
This new system will be developed in four phases:
Phase One: Planter
Phase Two: Tender
Phase Three: Harvester
Phase Four: Integration of the planting, tending and harvesting into one autonomous intelligent robot that can operate all season long, performing any task as necessary.
Prospero is a working prototype of Phase One: a swarm of autonomous micro planters.
Operating as one organism to plant a field, they determine where and how to plant each seed to maximize the productivity of each acre, farming inch by inch.
First, they check the ground below to see if a seed has already been planted and whether proper seed spacing has been achieved.
If not, they will plant a seed at the optimal depth.
Then they mark the seed's location and apply any necessary fertilizers, herbicides or insecticides.
It communicates wirelessly with the rest of the swarm to optimize the swarm's planting efficiency, letting nearby robots know if it needs help planting in that area.
Prospero does this now.
note added 2-22-2012
I've had a few people ask if Prospero will cause farmers to lose their jobs or if swarm farming will remove humans from farming: The short answer is no, I don't think that farmers would their jobs any more than if a tractor manufacturer built a bigger tractor or larger planter.
Swarm farming does two things:
1) It frees the farmer from having to sit in the middle of their machine and constantly control it all day. Computers, GPS, and micro controllers are now capable of driving machinery and planting without the farmer. Everyone who is building farming equipment is working on this. The great benefit to freeing the farmer from having to drive their equipment around themselves is that it gives the farmer the time to do what they excel at: farming in the broadest sense (experimenting, selecting seed varieties, soil testing, crop scouting, financial planning, etc.).
2) Swarm farming liberates the farmer from the constraints that modern agricultural equipment places on them such as: mono crop fields, planting in rows, wasted ground planting or harvesting entire fields on the same day, soil compaction, difficulty in replanting, the near to complete impossibility of true intercropping (think dry beans using corn as their matrix) etc. I'm excited to think about what advances farmers will invent once they have a tool that they can teach to plant, tend, and harvest their fields on an inch by inch or plant by plant basis.
Lastly, swarm farming is completely scalable. Have a 1 acre garden? Buy 1. Have a 2,000 acre family farm (typical in Iowa) buy 2,000. Sure, the family farmer would get a bulk discount, but that's the way things are with everything and there's no reason a bunch of gardeners couldn't do a bulk order, just like I'm sure they do in their co-ops for fertilizer and seed.
by AeroVironment Inc. 534,511 views
AeroVironment Develops World's First Fully Operational Life-Size Hummingbird-Like Unmanned Aircraft for DARPA. For more information visit: http://www.avinc.com/nano
by FestoHQ 2,271,731 views
Aerodynamic SmartBird flight model - Bird flight deciphered: http://www.festo.com/smartbird_en
Aerodynamisches Flugmodell SmartBird - Vogelflug entschlüsselt: http://www.festo.com/smartbird_de
SmartBird is an ultralight but powerful flight model with excellent aerodynamic qualities and extreme agility. With SmartBird, Festo has succeeded in deciphering the flight of birds - one of the oldest dreams of humankind.
This bionic technology-bearer, which is inspired by the herring gull, can start, fly and land autonomously -- with no additional drive mechanism. Its wings not only beat up and down, but also twist at specific angles. This is made possible by an active articulated torsional drive unit, which in combination with a complex control system attains an unprecedented level of efficiency in flight operation. Festo has thus succeeded for the first time in creating an energy-efficient technical adaptation of this model from nature.
SmartBird ist ein ultraleichtes, aber leistungsstarkes Flugmodell mit einer hervorragenden Aerodynamik und maximaler Agilität. Mit SmartBird ist es Festo gelungen, einen der ältesten Menschheitsträume zu entschlüsseln: den Vogelflug.
Der von der Silbermöwe inspirierte, bionische Technologieträger kann von selbst starten, fliegen und landen - ohne zusätzlichen Antrieb. Seine Flügel schlagen dabei nicht nur auf und ab, sondern verdrehen sich gezielt. Dies geschieht durch einen aktiven Gelenktorsionsantrieb, der in Verbindung mit einer komplexen Regelung bisher unerreichte Wirkungsgrade im Flugbetrieb realisiert. Damit gelingt Festo erstmals eine energieeffiziente, technische Adaption des natürlichen Vorbilds.
by MicroroboticsLab 9,631 views
Locomotion of a 20-legged millirobot inspired by centipedes.
The Harvard Microrobotics Lab is part of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS, seas.harvard.edu) at Harvard University, and a core member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (wyss.harvard.edu).
by BostonDynamics 3,978,087 views
PETMAN is an anthropomorphic robot developed by Boston Dynamics for testing special clothing used by US military personnel. PETMAN balances itself as it walks, squats and does calisthenics. PETMAN simulates human physiology by controlling temperature, humidity and sweating inside the clothing to provide realistic test conditions. PETMAN development is lead by Boston Dynamics, working in partnership with Measurement Technologies Northwest, Oak Ridge National Lab and MRIGlobal. The work is being done for the DoD CBDP. For more information about PETMAN visit us at www.BostonDynamics.com.
by Robotpig.net 58,548 views
(click 'show more' for time bookmarks) more info: http://www.robotspodcast.com/news | http://robotpig.net/robotics-news/the-new-honda-asimo-_2137
- Running at 9 km/h (00:00)
- Hopping on One Leg (fixed point) (00:22)
- Hopping on One Leg (circular motion) (01:38)
- Hopping on Two Legs (circular motion) (02:55)
- Kicking a Ball (04:18)
[video from Honda - edit: http://robotpig.net ]
by SSR Lab Harvard 202,159 views
The following video shows a Kilobot collective of up to 29 robot demonstrating some popular collective behaviors such as follow-the-leader and foraging.
by Graham Ryland 2,668 views
See more at http://www.barobo.com. iMobot is an Intelligent Modular Robot designed for college and university teaching and research. It has four controllable degrees of freedom. The faceplates can turn continuously so an individual module is able to drive as though with wheels. This significantly increases the mobility of each module, allowing it to traverse a wide variety of terrain without an overcomplicated physical shape.
by CornellCCSL 3,683,411 views
Are you a Robot or a Unicorn? Let the world know: http://yosinski.com/IAmAUnicorn/
What happens when you let two bots have a conversation? We certainly never expected this... (More: http://creativemachines.cornell.edu/AI-vs-AI)
By Igor Labutov, Jason Yosinski, and Hod Lipson of the Cornell Creative Machines Lab (http://creativemachines.cornell.edu/)
If you liked this, check out our site for evolving your own 3D shapes: http://EndlessForms.com/