SmartRob2sThe SmartROB is used by Prof. Siegwart and Dr. Buhler at the ETH Zurich for the course “Smart Mechatronic Product Design”. It gives the users a versatile, high-level mobile robot kit suitable for a wide variety of tasks. The SmartROB-2 contains all features necessary to drive several DC servo- or stepper motors up to 100 W per channel in addition to a number of uncommitted analogue and digital inputs and outputs. Continue reading

In 2020, nearly 30% of the armed forces will be consist of robots

The University of Washington working on a system that allows military robots to be more efficient while remaining under the leadership of men: they will be tested on the battlefield by a Wiimote

In 2020, nearly 30% of the armed forces will be consist of robots. The prediction was made by Washington University in St. Louis, who works on robotic systems used by the defense sector. Hence the interest to develop machines more efficient and intelligent. But according to the researchers, the robots that officers in the army – often remote machines – should not be totally autonomous and can make decisions. Continue reading

The assistant robot must obey the habits of its owner

For the Companion project, only a robot that can grasp and adapt to its environment can truly look after an elderly person. The prototype will include the emotional state and the habits of the user.

To give more independence to the elderly while providing follow-up home care, robotics is a solution. But it implies the development of machines capable of understanding the context in which they operate and related medical staff. On this basis, the companionable European project develops a prototype robot that will be able to understand the emotional state of its owner, its habits, social support and health monitoring for it. Continue reading

The design of robots is not just about technology

The man-machine interface may be hampered by clichés that convey particular films. Engineers study the perception of robots to optimize the creation of future humanoid.

Help engineers to design robots that correspond to the end user. It is the goal pursued by the robotics Bill Smart and literature researcher Lara Bovilsky, both teachers at Washington University in St. Louis. They presented a workshop on how fictional robots are perceived by many in the RO-MAN conference 2008 held in Munich. The image of robots that carry into effect such films as Terminator or Matrix hinders the massive development of robots and especially the quality of interaction between man and machine. “Most people have never seen a robot of their lives. The only experience they have comes from movies or books,” said Bill Smart in New Scientist. This affects how they react to real robots. “People have a preconceived idea of how a humanoid should behave. If this is not the case, they may be confused.” Continue reading

The robot opens to almost all the human senses

Designed by engineers from ETRI, POMI animal is a robot capable of interacting with a multimodal human beings. It reproduced four of the five senses.

The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), a Korean government agency, has developed a pet robot able to interact with humans. Title POMI (Penguin Robot Multimodal Interaction), the robot imitates four of the five human senses: he can see, hear, touch and even smell. It may first move the eyes, eyebrows and even pupils imitating different emotions. His program is also equipped with voice recognition software, under which the robot can respond to certain questions put to him. Continue reading

Market expectations for the creation of a new robot

The Ministry of Economy 6 RI META the “New Economic Growth Strategy”, one of the key strategic areas in the new growth of population decline in the future, “Robot” with the deal, the acceleration of innovation like to expose the policies and the market is also full.Currently, the robot in Japan, as an industry TAZU to 7000 yen, and manufacturing to be the nation’s most basic industries (manufacturing) has been active in the field. Continue reading

Establishment of the Robot Business Promotion Council

The infrastructure improvement and market creation for the creation of industrial robots, efforts are required, as a practical move, “Robot Business Promotion Council” for the establishment of to introduce initiatives.This council, this year was reported to the Ministry of Economy, “Policy Research Robots” by the proposals, which were carried to establish cooperation and coordination with the Ministry of Economy, the Council for the establishment of broad industry groups are seeking participants from research organizations. Continue reading

KUKA Robot Group ( Mecca technology )

KUKA Robot Group is a self-confessed tech companies. The further development of the PC along with control and drive technology-based, and emphasizes the development of new applications. For the ever-increasing sense of control, KUKA is also focused on the development of its control (KUKA Motion Control). As to complement the technical capabilities of the product, there are a wide range of services. Continue reading

All robots are born of a standard

Japanese researchers have developed a software platform open source to break the humanoid and simulation of all mechanical devices.

Accelerate research and development in robotics and allow the sharing of best ideas. It is the objective of OpenHRP3 (Open Architecture Human-Centered Robotics Platform 3), a new software package for the simulation of the various robots. The software is an improved version of Open HRP2, a technology platform earlier which was mainly for the simulation of humanoid and was distributed in binary. Issued in Open Source, Open HRP3 allows for its share of dynamic simulation and video machines as diverse as robot arms, mobile robots with wheels or humanoid robots. Open HRP3 allows for software travel planning, control of movements or visual feedback and many other operations.  Continue reading

Roofus, the robot driving snow

The designer Michal Glogowski robot offers a 220 pounds which helps prevent the accumulation of snow on flat roofs to buildings. Appointed ROOFUS, this robot can be controlled either remotely or be completely autonomous. Blades placed in front of the hood allows it to collect the snow but also to break the ice that would be too strong. Once the container in which the robot stores the snow is full (it can store up to 250kg!) Continue reading