HONDA – progress as a challenge

Technology and motor sports since the company was founded by Soichiro Honda essential elements, not only in the products again, but also part of the Honda philosophy. The world’s largest engine manufacturer developed pioneering technology, the driving pleasure and everyday practicality combined. In the special exhibition at the Museum of Technology in Spryer Honda shows exhibits, which not only brand history, but also milestones of mobility on land and at sea represent. The highlight of the exhibition is the racing version of the Civic Hybrid, directly from this 24-hour race at the Unbarring for the exhibition. Continue reading

Robot Lovers on the issue of Tracks Arte

Tracks Robots-Lovers #4

A few days ago, Friday, February 22, 2008 exactly, the chain ARTE television broadcast in its issue TRACKS, a report on the following topic:
“Robot Lovers:
Cars without drivers, surveillance drones, sexual partners androids…: at a time when the South Korean government is working on drafting a charter of ethics of robotics, scientific and industrial robots invent the company tomorrow. “Rediscover therefore Nao and his friends in this news story very interesting…
Background of “Robot Lovers” on the issue of Tracks channel Arte:
Cars without drivers, surveillance drones or sexual partners androids: robots invade us.
“Hello, I am Alpha M, the latest humanoid robot created by Hanson Robotics. My face is expressive totally controlled by thirty engines. I can also see you and recognize your face with the last recognition software to date. ” The reality is it being more than science fiction? Alpha M will be the grandfather of replicating that populate “Blade Runner”? In this film directed by Ridley Scott, androids, a sort of slave robots are so advanced that it is virtually impossible to distinguish between human beings. Aware of their limited life span to 5 years, they were outraged, demanding a change in their program. On Earth, replicating the hunting is open. “Blade Runner” is based on the book “The androids they dream of electric sheep? “Written in 1966 by Philip K. Dick. If the rebellion of robots designed by the American author does not seem to immediately, predictions of Isaac Asimov know it, another destiny. Regarded as the Emperor of science fiction, this doctor of biochemistry develops from the 40 years, the three fundamental laws meant to govern the future relationship between the robot and humans.
Tracks Robots-Lovers # 2
“The first law states that a robot has no right to do harm to humans directly or indirectly. The second is that it must obey the orders given by humans unless those orders come into contradiction with the first law. And the third is that a robot must protect its own existence, unless it comes into conflict with the first two laws. ” These are word for word the principles of the writer Asimov that the Ministry’s Information and South Korea has used for his bill: a universal declaration of the rights of robots, anticipating an assumption machines awareness some predict soon. Each day, robots are increasingly taking place in our lives: Auxiliary office, regional security, help the elderly, nounou. In Japan, robot for old is already repaid 25% by the state. Continue reading

“E-skin”, a skin for robots

E-Skin Peau Robot #1The Japanese researchers (Tsuyoshi Sekitani, Takao Someya and team) at the University of Tokyo have developed “E-Skin,” a skin robotics enabling robots have the sensation of touch. The sheet of rubber is made up of nanotubes to the conduction of electricity, even when it is fully stretched. The rubber is completely malleable and can even be applied to curved surfaces without losing its property conductivity. The skin robotics “E-Skin” could be used to make circuits that can be stretched up to 1.7 times their original size. Continue reading

Human robot celebrates German premiere

http://blogs.nature.com/news/thegreatbeyond/20071104_robot.jpgResearch Institute for Cognitive and robotics at the University of Bielefeld opened
intelligent robots are in highly developed industrial nations play an increasingly important role – especially with a view to humans tailored assistance functions can be realized. In developing the robot is therefore especially the social skills and communication with the people in the foreground. Given these enormous challenges, the University of Bielefeld, supported by the North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology, the Research Institute for Cognitive and robotics (CoR-Lab) “as a central scientific institution. The goal is to establish in the region Ostwestfalen-lip a research center in an important field of high technology to establish, to help achieve medium-sized economy and the University of Bielefeld with its research priority “intelligent systems”. Continue reading

The robot Korean competitor in the Japanese Asimo

http://www.robots-dreams.com/Asimo_and_me-sm.jpgLast week, Professor Oh Jun-Ho was sacred “Man of the Year 2004” at the Institute of Advanced Sciences and Technologies of Korea (Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, KAIST), including its work on humanoid robot. He met in recent days to an interview published on Oh My News, in which he explained the specific characteristics and challenges of humanoid robot Hubo. Hubo is a direct competitor Asimo, the robot developed by Japanese Honda: a comparable size (120 cm), it may evolve over two legs, shake hands or carry out specific tasks. One of its main specificities is to have hands with each of the fingers are independent. But the father of the robot can boast especially the speed with which it was developed (two years) and the related budget: “In fact, it may take more than $ 500 000 were invested in this research,” considers Jun-Ho Oh, and although the total budget is usually estimated at one million dollars, it is far from the $ 300 million spent on a Honda Asimo over the past 10 years. “I do not think Hubo is higher than Asimo. This is incredible and deserves our respect. Continue reading

A European robot biped anthropomorphic

Le robot BIP 2000The approach anthropomorphic robots experiencing a renewed interest in robotics intervention and service as bipeds robots can travel without special adaptation to a human environment. The robot Bip 2000, which will be presented at the Universal Exhibition in Hanover from May to September 2000, must be able to walk so anthropomorphic in the absence of barriers on a horizontal or slanted and ascend or descend stairs. Why a biped robot? The walking robots have compared to their counterparts wheeled several advantages: crossing barriers very easy way to lower ground, better adaptability. If robots multimode can cover large areas of non-manufacturing robotic exploration, maintenance, intervention, they are not suitable to the accompaniment of man in his personal or professional activities. That is why the world community of walking robots now devotes much of its research to so-called humanoid systems. The walking robot android P3 Honda is a realization of exceptional quality, but the laws of command are relatively simple. Continue reading

Robot surveillance WiFi WoWee

Rovio: robot de surveillance en WiFi de WoWee

Wowee unveiled its new WiFi webcam robot, which can be remotely using any device with Internet access: mobile phone, PC or video game console. Users can see what happens at home or at work through the camera integrated Rovio that stream video and audio transmitted by the robot. Including the intelligent navigation and positioning system North Star , Rovio moves alone with precision and can avoid obstacles on its way. We hope to see a live demonstration at CES. Continue reading

Time-scaling control for an under actuated biped robot

http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2007/07/06/ROBOTS_narrowweb__300x345,0.jpgThis paper presents a control law for the tracking of a cyclic reference trajectory by an under actuated biped robot. The robot studied is a five-link planar robot. The degree of under actuation is one during the single support phase. The control law is defined in such a way that only the geometric evolution of the robot is controlled, not the temporal evolution. To achieve this objective, we consider a time-scaling control. For a given reference path, the temporal evolution during the geometric tracking is completely defined and can be analyzed through the study of the dynamic model. Continue reading

The robots exhibition

In 2000, based on experience with P3, Honda presented Asimo (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility), a robot exhibition represents the culmination of 14 years of research. It was designed under the direction of the engineer Masato Hirose. This small autonomous android measure 1.20 meters and weighs 53 kg. It moves at 1.6 km / h but it is capable of running a moderate pace (12 kph), skipping, dancer and ascend or descend stairs. Admittedly, sometimes it even rate a march through the public representation, but we do so, the difference qu’Asimo can not even stand up alone.
But although it is a robot, and see the warning, showing signs of intelligence and then dropped onto a trap and be unable to recover any revealed the impotence of men to inject life and reflexes fundamentals. At the same time fascinating and pathetic, he fell on the stairs revealed how much was still a long way towards creating a completely autonomous android. Continue reading