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.

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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

OpenROV Trident - An Underwater Technology Drone for Everyone

The future of ocean exploration is here.

Home-Building Robot from Fastbrick Robotics


 From the computer aided design ( CADCAM ) of a house structure, this 3D robotic end to end bricklaying system handles the automatic loading cutting, routing and placement of all the bricks course by course. The high level accuracy of the finished product allows following trades to pre-fabricate from the CAD design then simply install. The use of the automated robotic system vastly improves worksite OH&S and produces minimum waste. The machine design allows for maximum mobility and is able to work on almost any block size. Reduced construction time allows for greater flexibility and time/cost savings to builders and their customers.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Rovables: Wearable Pet Robots #Robots #Robotics

Outfit missing that final touch? Try Rovables: pocket-sized robots that live on your clothes

Meet the Giant Robot That Builds Boeing’s Airplane Wings #Robots #Robotics

Building something as large as a 737 wing takes an even bigger machine. Boeing’s Panel Assembly Line (PAL) is the 60 ton, 20 feet tall, friendly robot that always lends a rather large hand.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Kengoro - the Robot That Sweats #Robots #Robotics

This humanoid robot developed at the University of Tokyo cools its motors by sweating. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Robot Lawnmower vs Apple Stealing Moose

A baby moose sneaks into someone's backyard to steal some apples.  The owner decides to send over his robot lawnmower over to pay him a visit and learns that the moose isn't very excited to play that game.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Robot Dog Can Open Doors and Climb Fences
Ghost Minitaur™ is a patent-pending medium-sized legged robot highly adept at perceiving tactile sensations. Its high torque motors, motor controllers, and specialized leg design allow this machine run and jump over difficult terrain, climb fences and stairs, and even open doors. High-speed and high-resolution encoders let the robot see and feel the ground through the motors and adapt faster than the blink of an eye.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Autonomous Combine can Auto Steer with No operator in the cab. Fully automatic tractor and planter.

This is a John Deere tractor being driven by auto steer and itec pro. It is a Deere Orthman 44 foot planter and there is no operator in the cab.

Farming Robot SwagBot Can Herd Cows

Meet SwagBot – our latest farming robot. SwagBot proved successful in its first field test. SwagBot successfully demonstrated the ability to operate in the rugged cattle station environment. Future trials will focus on applying research toward autonomous farm activities including monitoring and interacting with plants and animals.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Boston Dynamics' SpotMini Robot Can Do The Dishes!

SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm.) SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built. It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs. These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation. SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance. For more information about SpotMini visit our website at

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fetch Automates Your Warehouse With Robots #Robots #Robotics

Silicon Valley start-up Fetch Robotics has unveiled a pair of robots designed to work in warehouses, autonomously picking and delivering goods.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Zenbo by ASUS Is Your New Personal Assistant Robot for only $599.00

Zenbo is a friendly and capable home robot designed to provide assistance, entertainment, and companionship to families and meant to address the needs of each family member. With a full range of capabilities, including the ability to move independently and understand spoken commands, Zenbo can assist in the home and interacting with him is easy and fun. 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The HDMS 551s1 Robot Has Incredible Dexterity

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The US Army has just taken possession of a very special robot. The HDMS 551s1 by robotics company Resquared is designed to perform precision tasks, controlled by a human operater. Its two arms are equipped with specially designed two-fingered grippers, and a human-like torso for further degrees of freedom.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

New Bipedal Robot From Google

Google owned Schaft unveils new bipedal robot at NEST2016 in Tokyo.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Beautiful Robot Named Sophia is Designed To Talk With People and Walk Among Us In The Future

Published on Mar 18, 2016
Robot. It’s the latest humanoid robot from Hanson Robotics. As you will see here, the “Sophia” robot is being designed to walk among us in the future and fully integrate as part of the consumer experience and on into the family, according to CEO Dr. David Hanson.
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An early look at robots who will run like humans

Published on Mar 17, 2016
Robotic running on the bipedal robot DURUS-2D. The robot reaches a peak height of 13 cm off the ground.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Robot Dog Stands Off Against Real Dog

Fido vs Spot — Animal vs Robot

Published on Feb 27, 2016
The robot's lifelike movement catches the attention of a real dog. The uncanny uncanine valley. This is the latest quadruped robot from Google's Boston Dynamics group, and the only one in civilian hands. Another Video: Photos: And I revisited my post on the Google Master Plan, and sure enough, we see Robots → Skynet → Terminator → Google Security → User Happiness

See Spot Run — Robo romp in the Playground

Published on Feb 28, 2016
A demonstration of the new dog on the block, the Spot robot by Boston Dynamics, the only one in civilian hands. Dog interaction: Photos:

Friday, February 26, 2016

Israel First Stronghold Competitor "SKYZER". FRC team 1690 Orbit 2016

FRC team, Orbit 1690, from Binyamina, Israel, presents it's 2016 robot for the game STRONGHOLD!

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Children of the Swamp 2016 FRC Team 179 Robot for First Stronghold 2016

This team from Riviera Beach, Florida looks to have a very formidable robot.  We are very impressed with it's capability to make itself "shorter" to go under some of the obstacles.

Meet Arsenal. The 2016 FRC Robot from Team 118. Robonauts.

This FRC team out of Houston is sponsored by NASA and looks to have an incredible robot for the 2016 First Robotics season.   

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New Boston Dynamics Robot opens doors, walks on snow, and can lift itself up after it's pushed down.

Published on Feb 23, 2016
A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5' 9" tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Robots Can Now Flawlessly Iron Clothes

 Multi-Sensor Surface Analysis for Robotic Ironing

Published on Jan 20, 2016
The paper will be presented in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Stockholm, May 2016.
Author: Yinxiao Li, Xiuhan Hu, Danfei Xu, Yonghao Yue, Eitan Grinspun, Peter Allen (Columbia University)
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Robotic manipulation of deformable objects remains a challenging task. One such task is to iron a piece of cloth autonomously. Given a roughly flattened cloth, the goal is to have an ironing plan that can iteratively apply a regular iron to remove all the major wrinkles by a robot. We present a novel solution to analyze the cloth surface by fusing two surface scan techniques: a curvature scan and a discontinuity scan. The curvature scan can estimate the height deviation of the cloth surface, while the discontinuity scan can effectively detect sharp surface features, such as wrinkles. We use this information to detect the regions that need to be pulled and extended before ironing, and the other regions where we want to detect wrinkles and apply ironing to remove the wrinkles. We demonstrate that our hybrid scan technique is able to capture and classify wrinkles over the surface robustly. Given detected wrinkles, we enable a robot to iron them using shape features. Experimental results show that using our wrinkle analysis algorithm, our robot is able to iron the cloth surface and effectively remove the wrinkles.
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Ted Talk: A robot that runs and swims like a salamander | Auke Ijspeert

Published on Feb 18, 2016
Roboticist Auke Ijspeert designs biorobots, machines modeled after real animals that are capable of handling complex terrain and would appear at home in the pages of a sci-fi novel. The process of creating these robots leads to better automata that can be used for fieldwork, service, and search and rescue. But these robots don't just mimic the natural world — they help us understand our own biology better, unlocking previously unknown secrets of the spinal cord.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Robot Snow Plow

A Snow Plowing Robot.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

World's Fastest Rubik's Cube Solving Robot

Published on Jan 11, 2016
My Friend Paul and I show off our Rubik's cube solving robot.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

VertiGo: The Wall-Racing Robot

Published on Dec 29, 2015
This wall-racing robot is able to drive on the floor as well as on walls and transition between the two automatically.
It was created during a one year project at ETH Zürich as a collaboration with Disney Research Zürich by team VertiGo.
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