Sunday, November 19, 2017

Amazing Atlas Robot Does A Standing Backflip!


What have you been up to lately, Atlas?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

NASA Robot "Valkyrie" Walks Over Bricks Like A Man While Preparing To Go To MARS!


Valkyrie robot autonomously crossing stepping stones. Valkyrie hardware is designed and built by NASA Johnson Space Center. Control algorithm by IHMC Robotics (http://robot.ihmc.us). Point cloud gathered from LIDAR sensor is then processed to find planar regions in the world. Simple footstep planner plans footsteps on the planar regions, to a goal location specified by the operator. Funding provided by National Robotics Initiative, through NASA Project #NNX12AP97G.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Knightscope Security Robots - First Look




Knightscope, a security startup that deploys 400-pound autonomous robots in office campuses, sports venues, and more, is expanding nationwide. It's inking deals with mall operators and software firms like Microsoft.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Brief History of Our Robotic Future #Wired #Future #AI



Artificial intelligence and automation stand to upend nearly every aspect of modern life, from transportation to health care and even work. So how did we get here and where are we going?

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Berkeley's Leaping Robot Can Jump Off Objects


Roboticists at UC Berkeley have designed a small robot that can leap into the air and then spring off a wall, or perform multiple vertical jumps in a row, resulting in the highest robotic vertical jumping agility ever recorded. The agility of the robot opens new pathways of locomotion that were not previously attainable. The researchers hope that one day this robot and other vertically agile robots can be used to jump around rubble in search and rescue missions.

For the full story, visit: http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/12/06/w...

To compare the vertical agility of robots and animals, the researchers developed a new metric to measure vertical agility, defined as the height that something can reach with a single jump in Earth gravity, multiplied by the frequency at which that jump can be made. Salto’s robotic vertical jumping agility is 1.75 meters per second, which is higher than the vertical jumping agility of a bullfrog (1.71 meters per second) but short of the vertical jumping agility of the galago (2.24). The robot with the second highest vertical agility that the team measured is called Minitaur (1.1 m/s).

“Developing a metric to easily measure vertical agility was key to Salto’s design because it allowed us to rank animals by their jumping agility and then identify a species for inspiration,” said Duncan Haldane, a robotics Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley, who led the work. Haldane is a student in the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab of Ronald Fearing, a professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences.

SALTO weighs 100 grams (3.5 ounces), is 26 centimeters (10.2 inches) tall when fully extended, and can jump up to one meter. Salto’s maximum jump height was roughly 1.008 meters (3.3 ft). For the wall jump, Salto attained an average height gain of approximately 1.21 meters (3.97 ft). Other robots can jump higher than Salto in a single leap. For example, TAUB, a locust-inspired jumping robot, can leap to 10.5 feet (3.2 meters) in a single jump.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Atlas Walking Over Rough Terrain #robotics #google


The Atlas Humanoid walking over small and partial footholds such as small stepping stones or line contacts. After each step the robot explores the new foothold by shifting its weight around its foot. To maintain balance we combine fast, dynamics stepping with the use of angular momentum (lunging of the upper body). The control algorithm was developed at IHMC, the robot was build by Boston Dynamics.


Sunday, November 6, 2016