Twendy One helps people with mobility redite

Twendy One is a robot that was created by Waseda University in Tokyo and Professor Shigeki Sugano.
Although it seems quite small in the illustration, it still measure 1.50 meters and weighs 111kg.You might ask what is its purpose? Its mission is to help people with reduced mobility (disabled, elderly people …) at home. Indeed, it can be used to help a person get out of bed, getting up from a chair or out of a wheelchair.

It can even prepare breakfast since, with two hands, it is able to grasp an object as a sandwich, a drink or a plate without exerting too much pressure on this subject which is in contact with the sensors on the robot . Continue reading

The robotics applied to surgery

The surgery includes robotic systems and image processing in order to interactively assist a surgeon in its planning and execution of surgical procedures.

The objective of this clinical robotic surgery is to contribute to enhancing the quality of care by limiting the operative trauma (smaller incisions and tissue decay …) for the benefit of the patient and society, and Agreement with medical ethics. Several types of surgery such as neurosurgery, orthopedics, microsurgery, laparoscopy in general surgery and cardiac surgery benefit from the contribution of robotics. Continue reading

Six-legged robots ready to explore Mars

An American team was able to optimize the process an amazing six-legged walking robot. Result: The machine is fifteen times faster than the rovers to the Martian Nasa.

On 26 April 2005, the Mars rover Opportunity, which then rolls over a year on the planet red, bogged down in an area of very fine sand. The engineers of JPL will need to replenish on Earth the ground that has trapped the rover and the development of slow and complicated maneuvers to clear the small craft lost on Mars. A year later, in June 2006, Opportunity bogged down again in front of the Victoria crater.  Continue reading

IRT robot system research and development

The University of Tokyo, “the graying of society and social support to people and the creation of IRT based” projects has been from 2006. In this project, IRT gradually established a platform promoting innovation, and social support to older people have fewer children and IRT scenario depicts the creation of the foundation. The platforms, robots, social support system, IRT research project creation based robotic system is composed of a platform, for the social needs of the graying of society, robotic devices, IRT control, IRT environment while practicing in a new technology platform for innovation. Continue reading

In conflict zone, the robot is a guarantee of safety

To supply the areas of conflict without putting anyone in danger, the Laboratory Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at MIT runs a program to develop a forklift truck without a driver can handle the load and transport equipment almost independently. To achieve this, researchers are developing software related to networks of sensors and cameras allow the system to understand what surrounds it and react accordingly. “In Iraq, for example, unloading equipment must often be interrupted,” notes Matt Walter, one of the project. “It is possible to automate a number of tasks and thus reduce the exposure of people on site at risk.”  Continue reading

Composition of a Robot

Here we present various materials used on a robot

Engines and mechanical parts for cheap

-Batteries new generation Li-Ion / Li-Po and even brand new Lithium Iron Phosphate / A123
-Regulated power supplies

-Contact switches to detect collisions with the environment of the robot
-Obstacle detection by infra-red thanks to proximity sensor IR
-Measuring ambient light to make adjustments in intensity other sensors
-Motorized potentiometer settings for automated
-Knob “softpot” for manual adjustments for
-Counting the time with the DS1307 clock to organize the operation of the robot
-Modules with various sensors compatible with this bus
-Lasers can be very effective beacons Continue reading

Designed a robot that jumps like a grasshopper

The first robot capable of jumping like a grasshopper and rolling like a ball, can play a key role in future space explorations. The ‘Jollbot’ has been created by Rhodri Armor, a PhD student at the University of Bath. It is expected that his creation, which can jump over obstacles and roll like a ball on stable ground, can be used for space exploration work or study of land in the future.
One of the biggest challenges facing those robots designed for space exploration is being able to move on steep terrain. The robots with legs are usually very complex, expensive to build and control, and it is difficult to design them to be able to recover after falling. The wheels are a simpler solution, but limit the size of the obstacles that can be overcome. Continue reading

New chip will give robots artificial vision almost human

Researchers are developing a new technology that could give robots the visual capacity that they will monitor areas poorly lit and pilots vehicles in extreme environmental conditions.

They plan to build a chip that eliminates the effects of an arbitrary illumination, allowing robotic vision to leave its current narrow limits and works well only in controlled laboratory conditions and will function perfectly in terms of erratic lighting of the real world. Continue reading