Simon Fraser University develops TBCP-11 robots that can climb smooth surfaces, like geckos

It’s not quite a real gecko, but it does a good job of acting like one. The new robotic creation from Simon Fraser University is an impressive development in this type of technology. Researchers at the university have created a robot with a tank-like body that is able to scale walls. It has sticky toes that rather resemble those of a gecko, enabling it to climb up walls with ease. The compound is made up of clingy silicone that has been formed into tiny bumps. These bumps are shaped like mushroom caps and they are what allow the robot, weighing 240 grams, to cling to and climb up smooth surfaces. These surfaces include whiteboards and even glass and this makes the robot really useful.

It is hoped that one day this technology will mean that the robots can carry out dangerous tasks that humans may not always be able to do. While we can create impressive technology such as cars, televisions and O2 mobile phones, our capacity to survive in dangerous situations is still limited. The tasks that it is hoped the robots will be able to perform include cleaning nuclear power plants and doing search-and-rescue work in buildings that have collapsed.

The adhesives that are featured on the robots do not leave any residue behind, like tape or glue. The material is attracted to glass and the shape of the robot can also conform to its surface. This means that a much larger area will be able to come into contact with the surface and that the robots can be used to clean glass on skyscrapers. As well this, it will be able to inspect fragile bridges and ones that make it difficult for a human to inspect. Once this technology is perfected, hopefully the robots will prove to be very useful.

Sony has developed small but remarkable robots


Like never before, technology can bring imagination to life. The question is what will we conceive? For decades, popular culture has been enthralled with the possibility of robots that act and look like humans. We are promised by film, fiction and television that humanoids will cook for us, clean for us, become our best friends, teach our children, and even fall in love with us. So where are they? The forerunners are here already. Recently, the media has covered a surprising number of new humanoid robots emerging on the commercial market. Like many new technologies, these early generations of commercially available humanoids are costly curiosities, useful for entertainment, but little else. Yet, in time, they will accomplish a wide variety of tasks in homes, battlefields, nuclear plants, government installations, factory floors, and even space stations.

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Tomorrow, the robots will include your thoughts

Designed to assist humans in their daily ungrateful, Japanese robots will not wait so ordered them aloud to rid the table to get to work: suffice it to think and to act.

Researchers from the Japanese car manufacturer Honda, designer of humanoid robot Asimo, developed a technology that allows a human to partially control the biped, or on other machines, simply by pensée.Leur device “commands brain” is based on a new method for analyzing the brain activity, carried out through a big computer with a headset wrapped with various sensors. 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

 Japan’s economy to highlight the improvement in productivity

Practical application of robots in Japan is the technology of industrial robots were developed in the United States began in 1969 when it should have a domestic market. After age 70, and 80 developed rapidly spread with the development of robots with their own age. Around the late 70’s power is the way to the robot in the world, surpassing the United States, which led to the present. Contributed to the development of robotic technology as a major user, the automotive industry to support the Japanese economy since then till now, was the electronics industry. 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

A new generation of robots

Curious Tama turns her head in the direction of the approaching steps. When she sees Toshihiro Tashima, gets her entire body in joyful movement. Lovingly takes Tashima in the arm. It does not bother him that Tamas nose pointed to the side and legs are a little plump. However, it is his own creation: Tamas black and grey tiger skin is a mini robots, program filled with chips and dotted with sensors.
On programmed feeling: “There should lebensahnlich effect and cause feelings,” said the researchers of the Omron Corporation in Kyoto its digital Schmusetier. Depending on the situation, the plush robot anger, fear or surprise. He miaut if he wants to arm, gentle stroking calls a content Schnurren. About his long-term memory Robot recognizes the animal and its owner situations. Tashima proudly led a month ago his cat machines to the public. Tama is the latest model of a new generation of robots, which not only caused a sensation in Japan. week, Professor Oh Jun-Ho was sacred “Man of the Year 2004″ at the Institute of Advanced Sciences and Technologies of Korea (Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, KAIST), including its work on humanoid robot. He met in recent days to an interview published on Oh My News, in which he explained the specific characteristics and challenges of humanoid robot Hubo. Hubo is a direct competitor Asimo, the robot developed by Japanese Honda: a comparable size (120 cm), it may evolve over two legs, shake hands or carry out specific tasks. One of its main specificities is to have hands with each of the fingers are independent. But the father of the robot can boast especially the speed with which it was developed (two years) and the related budget: “In fact, it may take more than $ 500 000 were invested in this research,” considers Jun-Ho Oh, and although the total budget is usually estimated at one million dollars, it is far from the $ 300 million spent on a Honda Asimo over the past 10 years. “I do not think Hubo is higher than Asimo. This is incredible and deserves our respect

The chronology and history of P3 and ASIMO

In science fiction, humans often interact with life-like robots who can perform a wide range of functions. Though currently we are nowhere near the sophistication of Star Wars’ C3PO, Honda is making great strides in that direction. ASIMO, Honda’s human-like robot can perform and amazing array of activities that before only humans could.

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Honda began developing the prototypes to the Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, or “ASIMO,” in 1986. The first three models (E1 through E3) focused on what engineers felt was the most difficult task; walking on two legs. The following three models (E4 through E6) focused on balancing those legs. Those first six prototypes took a combined six years to perfect. These were followed by “humanoid prototype models” in 1993, 1996 and 1997 and were numbered P1, P2 and P3 respectively. P1 was over 6 feet tall and weighed almost 400 pounds. By the P3 model, the size and weight of the ASIMO prototypes were a mere five foot two inches tall and weighed just under 300 pounds. At this point the P model prototypes had the ability to walk, climb and descend stairs as well as complete a handful of other engineer-controlled movements. The first true ASIMO debuted in 2000 and was improved upon; ASIMO “for hire” was produced in 2001, “intelligent” ASIMO in 2002, “next-gen” ASIMO in 2004 and “New” ASIMO in 2005. Throughout those model iterations, the functionality of ASIMO was improved and advanced. Currently, there are 47 ASIMOs in operation.
ASIMO has mastered basic functions such as walking, running, dancing, and climbing stairs and uneven terrain. Additionally, ASIMO has been programmed to understand a limited amount of verbal and non-verbal commands. Honda engineers have also programmed ASIMO to grasp objects with its hands, to remember faces, and to be able to remember rooms as it walks through them, so that when it returns, it can navigate it more easily.
According to Honda, ASIMO was meant to be a helper to human beings in a household environment, particularly people who are bed-ridden or in wheelchairs. ASIMO’s size is deliberately set at four feet tall to “look” its owner in the face. Currently, however, ASIMO is only used in Japan and is mostly used as a guide in museums or as a greeter of visitors for some companies. There are currently no plans to sell ASIMO in the United States.
ASIMO is a specific type of robot called an “Android” meaning “human-like.” As an android, ASIMO has been programmed to do a number of human-like things. Famously, the “next-gen” ASIMO showed off its dance moves (perhaps ironically doing the “Robot” to techno music) in 2004. The “new” ASIMO took that appreciation of music a step further and played a violin. Later, Honda executives staged a publicity stunt where ASIMO conducted an orchestra.
Additionally, ASIMO can use its programming to recognize when a collision is imminent and can avoid it smoothly. This applies to stationary and moving objects as well; one of ASIMO’s feats was avoiding another ASIMO; both ASIMOs were able to detect small shifts in each other’s movements and correct themselves accordingly, proving that ASIMO could “think” its way out of a situation.
Though ASIMO can “think” its way out of simple situations or recognize faces, it is not a true “Artificial Intelligence” or AI. To be considered an AI, ASIMO must be self-aware (in other words, it knows that it is a computer) and it needs to be able to teach itself. Currently, ASIMO only knows what its programmers “tell” it through software coding. Still, the abilities of ASIMO are steps toward AI status; problem solving, noticing differences and recognizing individuals.
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It is perhaps ironic that in 1970 a Japanese scientist named Masahiro Mori first postulated the so-called “uncanny valley” in relation to robots. In essence, Mori postulated that as robots come to look and more more like humans, the more humans would be repulsed by robots. Somewhere deep inside human beings, there is the sense that “something isn’t right” about the robot and that sense translates into fascination, revulsion and fear. While humans can “forgive” the odd movements of a somewhat-humanoid ASIMO, if a similar robot had a latex face which moved when it “talked” or walked or did any of those actions, it would activate the “uncanny valley” reflex. Zombie-like movement in horror films, prosthetic limbs and other unnatural movements also activate the “uncanny valley” feeling in humans.