MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding that they've successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah. (Learn more:http://mitsha.re/1uHoltW)
The key to the bounding algorithm is in programming each of the robot's legs to exert a certain amount of force in the split second during which it hits the ground, in order to maintain a given speed: In general, the faster the desired speed, the more force must be applied to propel the robot forward. In experiments the robot sprinted up to 10 mph and MIT researchers estimate the robot may eventually reach speeds of up to 30 mph.
The MIT Cheetah 2 contains the custom electric motor designed by Jeffrey Lang, the Vitesse Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT and the amplifier designed by David Otten, a principal research engineer in MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics.
This work was supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
This video demonstrates VERSABALL®, the first commercial jamming gripper by Empire Robotics, handling sharp objects (specifically, a razor blade and broken glass). For more VERSABALL® demo videos, please visit our YouTube page or our website.
Empire Robotics is delivering highly adaptive universal robot grippers and automation components to the industrial automation market that increase efficiency and productivity across a spectrum of applications.
This demonstration showcases the following VERSABALL features:
Flexibility – with four very different objects (brick, light bulb, steel gear, billiard ball) Delicate object handling – CFL light bulb Repeatability – putting objects in the same place every time within the jig tolerance (plug bulb into a socket) Reliability – zero drops after 8,000 cycles Durability – metal gear and brick are sharp and abrasive
Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich, and Verity Studios have partnered to develop a short film featuring 10 quadcopters in a flying dance performance. The collaboration resulted in a unique, interactive choreography where humans and drones move in sync. Precise computer control allows for a large performance and movement vocabulary of the quadcopters and opens the door to many more applications in the future.
Le Cirque du Soleil, l’ETH Zurich et Verity Studios se sont associés pour réaliser un court-métrage mettant en vedette 10 quadricoptères dansant. La collaboration s’est soldée par une chorégraphie unique et interactive où les humains et les drones se meuvent en parfaite synchronisation. Les fonctions informatiques précises utilisées permettent de doter les quadricoptères d’un langage scénique et corporel complexe tout en ouvrant la porte à de futures nouvelles applications.
One of the key goals of DARPA's Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program is improving the survivability of ground-based armored fighting vehicles by increasing vehicle agility. Vehicle agility involves the ability to autonomously avoid incoming threats, either by rapidly moving out of the way or reconfiguring the vehicle so incoming threats have a low probability of hitting and penetrating—all without injuring the occupants in the process. This concept video illustrates three of many potential approaches: active repositioning of armor, burst acceleration and suspensions that would enable the vehicle to dodge.