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

Kushiro College robot

Kushiro College robot, multi-foot zone, 24-foot robot Trilobita of centipede. And walking in the zone, it appears the penguins from Trilobita, making it a “major evolution of life” is appropriate for the robot. “Our robot is” cheap! Light! “Thorough目指SHIMASHITA selling energy conservation. A series of trial and error, so the two-legged robot penguin, I created to No. 1-10. No. 1 was a metal, low-cost, lightweight with the aim of the final six to take place from No. Do not use metal. materials, plastic panels and the ME. I picked up a few things that (laughs) “(people of Kushiro College). Much trouble is that two-legged robot, through the air but unfortunately in the middle of the Penguins, did not finish惜SHIKUMO. However, many walking to clear the zone, at the moment沸KI emerged cute penguin was leading in the national tournament this year. ● Electrical Engineering who has contributed to the low-power, low-cost lightweight Aimed at saving energy, the two-legged robot. It was used in motor control technology related to electrical engineering. “Motor control was important. For less power to operate a motor circuit, a combination of motors purchased from the manufacturer, the motor is made in the original. Compatible with every manufacturer I have not struggled to open a hole in the motor and gear炙RI in the gas burner, and welded組MI合WASEMASHITA “(people of Kushiro College). Motor purchased is not a cheap choice for most manufacturers. Also, to improve the durability of the motor, “forced to change gears metal gear resins,仕上GEMASHITA a very robust high torque motor high speed” and also telling us. HAKATTA a result of these low-power, low-cost motor, cutter and TSUKURERU just saw, most of it dressed in a low-cost robots. In some ways that you Kushiro College produced the first practical process. One of you that UKAGAIMASHITA future goals. “In the future, we就KITAI to work in the field of robotics in the medical robot. In particular, we want to support the development of robots that people with orthopedic disorders. Therefore, my life for electrical engineering is closely bound to be a lifetime. “

A Historic robotic Colosseum

ROBOKON greatest glory “ROBOKON Award” winning津山高専. The performance was deemed worthy of the award ROBOKON everyone. 得体question of what comes in multi-legged robot. Then, the humanoid robot that appears in the transformation performance, held a high pressure in the high bar! 惜SHIKUMO a round, but did not finish, its performance is a great venue we tingling. The crowd surpassed the Dutch just round one, the game was a special sight to see more (see the second round, was elected by the people in the survey with children at play by two teams). The very best high bar three straight times! The excitement of the venue during YARANU shark, like a real human nature as to show two-legged, beautiful finish. In addition, after finishing the three-point inverted, with a performance from a new bridge and起KI上GARI halls, this one was vying for the surge. “It tingling venue anywhere!” And, on the day, speaking to the aspirations pamphlet was distributed to the audience津山高専is showing us the ROBOKON truly historic performance. ● supported the phenomenal performance, motor control technology 津山高専everyone who showed the best performance, it was very true to the producer. “The biggest difficulty, and high bar but I walked two. And when you miss even a moment to bend the leg when the two-legged, as well as high pressure will not succeed. So much control the angle of the foot focusing on, spent a lot of effort in programming. ” We took a big weight that is involved in motor control technology and electrical engineering. “As to the actual programming, you can control the robot is on the motor. So,津山高専servo motor is used. Servo motor and the motor can be driven by specifying the angle , in the selection of HARAIMASHITA close attention. ” In addition, we use the code number, was also suffering the loss of large batteries. It also focused on battery power, so the electrical circuit. “I moved from three minutes. It was impossible if more time (laughs).” When asked about the factors ROBOKON Awards at the end, “the success of the robot, and representatives of the electric circuit, and we made it together representatives of the mechanical design. The pieces in this robot maker There also has been this year, with a success, “said He. “One day, ASIMO (ASIMO) draw, and the world’s fastest walking robot can be inverted TSUKURITAI three points,” He also confessed that dream.

The history of ASIMO humanoid robot

Asimo presentation in Paris 2002
Following a research program initiated in 1986 with the P-0 prototype, Honda presented in 2000 -just in time for the 21st century- the Asimo humanoid robot.
Honda’s ambitions on robotics are multiple : in a country where the population grows older year by year, the problem of assisting older people in their everyday life will become more and more accurate. Robots are thought of by many as one of the ways of solving this problem. Yet the technology still has lots to prove before accessing that kind of uses…
In what sounds more like a marketting baseline, Honda mentions “the power of dreams” as one of the reasons for the existence of the Humanoid Robot project. By that we should understand : creating humanoid robots has long been a dream , and making dreams come true is Honda’s moto.
Then again, Honda also states that robots will become an important part of our life within the new century; and they will thus represent a significant market, of which Honda intends to take it’s share.

After 14 years of developments, mostly focused on the dynamics of a robotic humanoid body, Asimo is the first humanoid robot to be actually available on the market (rental only, and at a tremendeous cost too). It is said that IBM, in Japan, uses an Asimo as a host in an IBM plant lobby.

So what’s the big deal with humanoid robots?

As i’ve mentionned, humanoids robots are intended to share humans life. It is thus important for them to be able to evolve in an everyday human environment. Imagine a robot that should “live” in an appartement. If it was equiped with wheels, it would be basically able to wander around, but only until it would meet stairs or steps. Take it out of the appartement, and the same limitations would apply in an urban environment. As a matter of fact, humans have legs, and their environment is designed accordingly. This is why a robot with legs seems more adapted to sharing lifespace with humans.
The same thoughts apply to the upper structure of the robot. If you want your robot to be able to actually walk around in your appartment, it should be able to open doors. You would then have a choice : adapt your entire appartment to make your robot able to open adapted doors by the use of a specific system; or include in your robot design some kind of device that would deal with common doors. If you do that, you may want to also equip your robot with devices that could take/move/transport objects. Also, it could be useful that your robot would be able to push buttons. Again, the human environment is adapted to human bodies, and human have arms and hands. So should your robot too.

Click here to view Asimo walking down a stair (2.66Mo AVI video)

Another important issue about designing a humanoid robot is the social interactions with humans. Many research projects around the world focus on that question : what will make a robot socially acceptable in a human surrounding?
Some projects, like Sony’s world famous Aibo robot dog and Asimo use the following approach : it is important not to disguise Artificial Intelligence into what it is not. It is thus important to give the robot an external appearance that would fit it’s actual potential. In human interactions, people usually expect different kind of response from different kind of interactors. Interacting with the surrounding world, one will not expect the same kind of response from a dog, a business man in suit, a vending machine or a child. The robot has the potential ability to adopt any of those outfits. In order to have the robot accepted in the everyday life of a human, the robot design should be carefully designed accordingly to it’s actual potential, it’s goal and it’s environment.

Asimo is not a toy, and it is not an actual human. It’s body is the size of a small adult and it’s appearance is sober and soft, yet functionnal. It’s “face” is both robotic (as the helmet suggests) and familiar, with the symbolics of the big round eyes suggesting that the robot is like a child that has to learn it’s environment.

If the first version of Asimo was basically a smaller-sized version of the earlier P-2 and P-3 robots; Honda now focus on breathing artificial intelligence into the newer versions.
The first evolution is the “i-Walk” technology. Whereas it used to be remote-controlled, Asimo’s walking technology is now able of anticipating the robot’s next moves, thus controlling the walking systems in a much more “natural” way. AI systems also include image and voice recognition (asimo is able to turn to someone who speaks to it, and recognize the person. It will also recognize certain gestures). Asimo will obei to several orders : ordering “come here” while pointing to a location will make Asimo move to the designated location and turn to the person who ordered it.

The way ASIMO works

Introduction to How ASIMO Works

Want a robot to cook your dinner, do your homework, clean your house, or get your groceries? Robots already do a lot of the jobs that we humans don’t want to do, can’t do, or simply can’t do as well as our robotic counterparts. In factories around the world, disembodied robot arms assemble cars, delicately place candies into their boxes, and do all sorts of tedious jobs. There are even a handful of robots on the market whose sole job is to vacuum the floor or mow your lawn. ASIMO Image Gallery The ASIMO Robot Photo courtesy Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Honda’s ASIMO robot. See more ASIMO images. Many of us grew up watching robots on TV and in the movies: There was Rosie, the Jetsons’ robot housekeeper; Data, the android crewmember on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”; and of course, C3PO from “Star Wars.” The robots being created today aren’t quite in the realm of Data or C3PO, but there have been some amazing advances in their technology. Honda engineers have been busy creating the ASIMO robot for more than 20 years. In this article, we’ll find out what makes ASIMO the most advanced humanoid robot to date. Can’t be Too Careful It has been reported that because ASIMO’s walk is so eerily human-like, Honda engineers felt compelled to visit the Vatican just to make sure it was okay to build a machine that was so much like a human. (The Vatican thought it was okay.) The Honda Motor Company developed ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, and is the most advanced humanoid robot in the world. According to the ASIMO Web site, ASIMO is the first humanoid robot in the world that can walk independently and climb stairs. In addition to ASIMO’s ability to walk like we do, it can also understand preprogrammed gestures and spoken commands, recognize voices and faces and interface with IC Communication cards. ASIMO has arms and hands so it can do things like turn on light switches, open doors, carry objects, and push carts. Rather than building a robot that would be another toy, Honda wanted to create a robot that would be a helper for people — a robot to help around the house, help the elderly, or help someone confined to a wheelchair or bed. ASIMO is 4 feet 3 inches (1.3 meters) high, which is just the right height to look eye to eye with someone seated in a chair. This allows ASIMO to do the jobs it was created to do without being too big and menacing. Often referred to as looking like a “kid wearing a spacesuit,” ASIMO’s friendly appearance and nonthreatening size work well for the purposes Honda had in mind when creating it.