Robotics for Mars Exploration

Mars it is the most Earth-like of the nine planets that make up the solar system. The great distance from Earth (400 million km from the Earth at the farthest point of its orbit) makes travels to Mars long and dangerous. Hence its exploration has been so far carried out only by robotics means. Thanks to its similarities to Earth (i.e. a solid planet with atmosphere), Mars allows the use of the most diverse robotics means:

-Penetrometers and Robotics Moles for underground exploration
-Rovers (tracked, wheeled or legged) and hoppers for surface exploration
-Aerobots (balloons, blimps, planes and hoppers) for aerial exploration Continue reading

The robots could settle the future of agriculture

Several California companies and universities are developing a new generation of agricultural robots that could replace human labor for harvesting the fruit, a task that requires great precision and, until now, is too delicate for the machinery.

 

The possible future of day laborers in California would be the dream of many employers: tireless, no problems with the immigration authorities and up to 50 percent cheaper than the current workforce.

The company Vision Robotics, based in San Diego, California, is working on two types of agricultural robots for the collection of orange that use digital imaging technology. Continue reading

A robot that operates with a brain composed of neurons in rat

Robot Cerveau Neurones Rat #1A robot operating with a small brain composed of living rat neurons able to ‘learn’ behavior as avoiding a wall, was developed at the University of Reading (England) by followers of Frankenstein.
“We have already given him a certain learning by repetition, since it reproduces certain actions”, told AFP the head of the multidisciplinary team, Kevin Warwick. “But now we want him to learn behavior,” he said.
The brain’s biological robot, named Gordon, was created from neurons taken from a rat. They were placed in a solution, separated and then placed on a bed of sixty electrodes. Continue reading

Latest humanoid robots in Bielefeld

will be inaugurated at the University of Bielefeld, the Institute of cognition and robotics (Cor-Lab). Thus, strengthens an already well-established cooperation between the university and the Honda group. It will provide researchers at the institute for the first time in Europe, two of its new humanoid robots “ASIMO” and will support financially positions of doctoral students in the framework of joint projects. The ASIMO is considered the humanoid robot biped most modern in the world.
The institute will carry out its research activities in the area of cognition and intelligent robots “, a scientific field in which groups of interdisciplinary research at the University of Bielefeld are distinguished, nationally as internationally. Continue reading

The new Honda robot recognizes humans

Also moving on two legs, the robot Asimo from Honda is now able to take into account the people who surround it. It recognizes their faces and signs that it font.Honda Motor Co., a division of automobile giant Nippon, unveiled Wednesday, December 11 in Tokyo, a new version of Asimo, the humanoid robot the size of a child ( 1 m 20 to 43 kg).
As the first model launched in November 2000, this robot is able to move on a flat terrain, up and down stairs, while avoiding obstacles stationary or moving. The great novelty is qu’Asimo interacts now, not only with its physical environment, but also with people moving around him. Continue reading