Humanoid Robot Plays Soccer

kenseth.193Your fears of world-dominating cyborgs and say hello to Hajime 33, an athletic robot who’s about as tall as Kobe Bryant. Granted, this bot plays soccer, not basketball (yet).Created by Hajime Sakamoto, Hajime 33 is the latest addition to Sakamoto’s fleet of humanoid robots. Powered by batteries, the robot is controlled with a PS3 controller, Continue reading

Humanoid robot Nao wants to be friends

kenseth.193Aldebaran Robotics is showcasing the skills of its pint-size humanoid robot Nao ahead of its planned mass market release in about a year.Nao is definitely one of the coolest humanoids around that stands a chance of making it into households as a real product. Aldebaran envisions it as “an autonomous family companion.” Continue reading

Sony has developed small but remarkable robots

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Like never before, technology can bring imagination to life. The question is what will we conceive? For decades, popular culture has been enthralled with the possibility of robots that act and look like humans. We are promised by film, fiction and television that humanoids will cook for us, clean for us, become our best friends, teach our children, and even fall in love with us. So where are they? The forerunners are here already. Recently, the media has covered a surprising number of new humanoid robots emerging on the commercial market. Like many new technologies, these early generations of commercially available humanoids are costly curiosities, useful for entertainment, but little else. Yet, in time, they will accomplish a wide variety of tasks in homes, battlefields, nuclear plants, government installations, factory floors, and even space stations.

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History of Humanoid Robot in Waseda University

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Waseda University has been one of the leading research sites for anthropomorphic robots since the late Prof. Ichiro Kato and his colleagues started the WABOT Project in 1970. Since then, just about ten years, by integrating the latest key technologies, we have developed a variety of humanoid robots including WABOT-1 which is the first full-scale human-like robot made in 1973, the musician robot WABOT-2 in 1984, Hadaly-2 which works together with a human partner and the biped walking robot WABIAN in 1997. Not only a lot of fundamental technology was created but also the many talented engineers and scientists were nurtured from these activities.

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Biorobotics

robotAnimal-like robots are playing an increasingly important role as a link between the worlds of biology and engineering. The new, multidisciplinary field of biorobotics provides tools for biologists studying animal behavior and testbeds for the study and evaluation of biological algorithms for potential engineering applications. This book focuses on the role of robots as tools for biologists. Continue reading

Army of humanoid robots takes Tokyo by storm

robotHonda’s Asimo robot conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Robots are increasingly becoming less whimsical and more practical. Photographer: Paul Sancya/AP.In an age when multi-skilling is at a premium, Motoman may prove to be the model employee. When he’s not spot-welding on a car production line, he’s flipping pancakes – with not a drop of spilled batter in sight – and can even be called on to perform routine blood tests.Motoman is one of hundreds of cutting-edge robots exhibited during the past week at the industry’s biennial showcase in Tokyo. Continue reading

Futaba RBT-1 Humanoid Robot Ready to Walk

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  • 20 degree-of-freedom humanoid robot comes assembled and ready to use
  • Controlled using a wireless 2.4GHz Playstation-style remote
  • Includes a triple axis accelerometer
  • Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery pack provides excellent performance
  • No programming necessary, but can be interfaced with a PC for advanced motion editing

The Futaba RBT-1 Humanoid Robot Ready to Walk needs only one more component to be complete: You to give the orders. Use the included, Playstation-style controller to execute pre-programmed routines or those you program yourself with the supplied Motion Editor for your Windows PC. The robot’s 20 servo motors, four more than similar humanoid robots, are directed by FASST 2.4GHz radio signals rather than “TV remote” IR technology. The electronics for its flexible 16-channel operation and a rechargeable, high-capacity, 7.4V Lithium Polymer battery, are located in the torso for easy access. LED “eyes” add to the humanoid appearance and a self-righting function makes sure Futaba’s robot never lays down on the job.

Graphical Motion Editor software :
Modify existing motion sequences or create your own with this very user friendly motion editing software. Change servo positions using the text box, increment/decrement arrows or by manipulation the joints in the 3D rendered view.

Overview:

  • 20 degree-of-freedom humanoid robot comes assembled and ready to use
  • Controlled using a wireless 2.4GHz Playstation-style remote
  • Includes a triple axis accelerometer
  • Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery pack provides excellent performance
  • No programming necessary, but can be interfaced with a PC for advanced motion editing

Hitec Robonova

robotHitec Robotics is proud to announce ROBONOVA-I. This exciting new humanoid robot offers educators, students and robotic hobbyists a complete robot package. The stable ROBONOVA-I can walk, run, do flips, cartwheels, dance moves and once programmed, is ready to compete in any Robo One Class “J” competition. Available two ways: as a kit, so you can enjoy building your robot yourself; or as a pre-assembled, “RTW” (Ready to Walk) robot. Continue reading

structure of human-type robot

robotAn upper arm portion and a lower arm portion are connected to each other by a substantially cylindrical elbow joint, and are bendable between an extended position in which they are extended into a substantially straight line and a bent position in which they are bent forwards from the extended position. The position of an axis of the elbow joint is offset forwards from the center of the width of the upper and lower arm portions, and slants inclined toward the elbow joint are formed on rear surfaces of the upper and lower arm portions connected to the elbow joint. Continue reading