Robots working in the medical field – 16th Annual Seminar robotics

robotic surgeryKogakuin University, Seminar organized by the 16th Robotics Society of Japan , “Medical Robotics and entered a practical stage,” was held. Organizers said this Hitachi Momoi Yasuyuki. Continue reading

Medical robots explore blood vessels

medical robotsBristol – A U-boat, equipped with a camera and sensors rushes through the bloodstream. Tiny should be to penetrate even the most remote branches of the cardiovascular system. For this idea of intelligent medical robots, the bioengineers inspire the world for years. They hope so, the imaging methods in medicine a step further advance. Continue reading

Gigantor by Daniel Roganti

robot_wont_fall_down-150x150This is the second of my Bipedal robots. Pinocchio is my first and Giantor is my second. The construction for the Biped robots are based mostly on materials supplied by PLASTRUCT. Although some parts, such as the Torso and feet came elsewhere. The Torso is from a plastic toy pail I found in Toys R Us . The feet are acrylic soup bowls I found in the grocery store, they’re made by arrow Plastic in Illinois. The plastic materials allow me to customize my own design, with structural integrity , and while keeping the weight reduced. There are currently 2 prototypes which demonstrate bipedal locomotion using a gait similiar to people. I designed this using static equilibrium to simulate the walking gait of a human.

The Robot Calibrator is a measurement system

new-video-robot-calibration-with-the-faro-gage-P34339The Robot Calibrator is a measurement system that includes three string-encoders mounted to a metal base plate and used to measure the position of a robot in three space. Combining the three string ends and attaching them to a robot arm provides an inexpensive and relatively accurate position sensor with respect to the calibrator base. Using a quick-change plate attached to the three string ends, the robot can attach to the plate, maneuver the plate through a calibration routine, and replace the plate completing an in-situ calibration during manufacturing. Errors that can build during repetitive robot motions are thereby compared to the Robot Calibrator measurements and canceled out. String encoders or potentiometers can be used to provide relatively accurate length measurements with respect to their housings and combined as in the Robot Calibrator to triangulate the position of their combined lengths. Since the string-encoders allow only perpendicular string-extension/retraction, steel toriods were machined and attached to the string-encoder housings allowing the string to exit at angles within a hemisphere, as needed for a robot arm.

Here, the robot tested was a 7-axis arm that ran through a series of tests to “calibrate” the calibrator. Calibration included the simultaneous use of a laser tracker with the calibrator providing a direct calibration of three-space points for this robot.

a. Calibrator attached to the robot arm
b, d, e, f. Laser tracker (black object to the right) tracking the robot position simultaneously with the Robot Calibrator.
c. Close-up of the retro-reflector (laser tracker) and strings (Robot Calibrator) attached to the robot.
g. h. Center stand for the calibrator attachment plate with attached strings. The strings attached to the robot attachment plate such that the robot could quick-change to it and replace it on the stand.

Performance Metrics and Test Arenas for Autonomous Mobile Robots

nist_arena_2000Reproducible and widely known challenges can help evolving fields by providing reference problems with measures of performance which allow researchers to compare implementations, communicate results, and leverage each other’s work. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed the Reference Test Arenas for Autonomous Mobile Robots to focus research efforts, provide direction, and accelerate the advancement of mobile robot capabilities. Continue reading

Chocolate robots competed for the fourth time

robot_chocoJapan’s largest producer of chocolate company TIROL-CHOCO conducted the fourth annual competition of robots. The competitions were held in the office in Tokyo on the eve of Valentine’s Day, which seems quite remarkable, since chocolate is in Japan one of the most popular gifts on the day lyublennyh. Continue reading