Comprehensive Educational Robot Kit

robotThe Bioloid Multi-bot is the first robot of its kind to be built around serially controlled servo technology. This allows the user to construct a wide variety of robot configurations, including the autonomous exploration robot, quadruped puppy robot, hexapod spider robot, dinosaur robot and bi-pedal humanoid…all with one controller board. Continue reading

Kondo KHR-2HV

robotBe one of the FIRST in the world to own the latest humanoid robot by Kondo Robotics.The Kondo KHR-1 was one of the coolest robots ever made. It appeared countless times on Japanese, Korean and European television networks, making it one of the most highly publicized robots ever. Now, the KHR-2HV has taken over with more sophisticated servos and an easier to use control interface. Continue reading

Humanoid Robotics Speeding

robotUntil the last decade, robots were mostly comprised of chunks of metal moving on wheels or multiple legs. A couple of showcases held last week, however, showed recent technologies have enabled South Korea to take huge strides in the development of humanoid robots, whose overall appearance is based on the human body.Among the items at the recent technology exhibition at the Korea Institute of Science & Technology (KIST) were Buddy, a robot designed to display various facial expressions, and Mahru III, a two-legged humanoid robot jointly developed by KIST and local conglomerate Samsung Group. Continue reading

Takes Humanoid Robotics

robotWhen parents give birth to a child, it would seem pretty ridiculous to expect that baby to immediately live and function as well as an adult. Yet our pursuit of humanoid robots does almost exactly that. We create automatons and try to train them to play and work like adults. As recently featured in Nature, the RobotCub project is rethinking that approach with iCub, a robot toddler. Funded by the European Continue reading

Mechanical Design of Humanoids

robotThis paper presents the modeling and the design of the HYDROïD (HYdraulic anDROïD) humanoid robot. Our motivation related to the increase of understanding of human being locomotion and manipulation tasks achievement leads us to focus on the kinematical structure and the actuation aspects. The first part of this paper deals with a research work aimed to develop a new generation of three degrees of freedom (DOF) Continue reading

Design and Construction of a Humanoid Robot

832331_20The desire to one day see a robot assistant cleaning our houses or walking our dogs has led to an increased interest into humanoid robotics research, and more specifically humanoid locomotion. At present, due to the high cost of robot platforms, there are only a small number of labs in the world conducting meaningful research on full sized humanoid robots. The existence of a low-cost humanoid platform would pave the way for greater involvement and development in the field of humanoid locomotion. This thesis describes the complete design and construction of an affordable humanoid robot platform for walking gait research, from the mechanical structure and actuator selection, right through to the required electronics and power storage implementation. The software required to operate the robot is discussed, from low-level feedback control through to high-level motion planning. The distributed nature of computational resources employed on this robot is outlined, along with the interaction with the robots sensors and actuators. A position based control methodology is proposed and implemented using traditional feedback loops on the robot. Control parameters were initially hand-tuned but subsequently improved via the implementation of an off-line evolutionary algorithm. Shortcomings in the mechanical design limited the success of this control scheme, with significant positional error observed in all joints whilst executing a walking gait. Actuator non-linearities as well as significant flexion in the underlying structure contributed to this positional error. To compensate, a series of adaptive control techniques were in turn amalgamated with the initial control loop in an attempt to learnthe system dynamics of the robot and provide adequate compensatory signals. These additional control schemes realised a slightly improved level of accuracy in simulation in the joint control space but not enough to compensate for the robots significant mechanical flexion. Extensive hand tuning of algorithm parameters and excessive memory requirements prevented their implementation on the real robot. This robot competed at two international robot competitions with acceptable results. In 2002, the robot competed in the Humanoid League of RoboCup02, in Fukuoka, Japan. The robot was the largest competing humanoid by a considerable margin and it achieved a ranking of 7th in both the freestyle and walking distance category, out of the ten humanoids competing. In 2005 the robot competed in the RoboCup competition, this time in Osaka, reaching the semi-finals of the penalty shootout for robots over 650 mm in height. The final robot was capable of rudimentary walking and other simple movements such as penalty shootout soccer skills, validating the structures ability to withstand the forces required to execute a walking gait.

Mechanical Design of Humanoid Robot Platform

robotKHR-1 has been developed on the purpose of research about biped walking. It has 21 DOF without hands and head, which has 12 DOF in legs, 1 DOF in torso, and 8 DOF in arms. The objective of KHR-2 (41 DOF) was to develop the humanoid which can walk on the living-floor with human-like appearance and movement. KHR-3 has the purpose that it has more human-like features, movements and human-friendly character. Continue reading

Advance Humanoid Robot Design Awarded

Kyle.Busch.100Eight universities have been granted a collective $2.5 million Partnerships for International Research and Education grant from the National Science Foundation. Five U.S. universities and three Korean universities make up the partnership. The grant is designed to be consumed over five years. The universities that make up the partnership are: Continue reading