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Wireless bluetooth arduino hexapod robot SPIDEE-1
posted June 15 2010 18:36.22

aggrav8d is building a hexapod called SPIDEE-1, i'm watching the progress he makes and now i think it is time to be presented.
You can check the Facebook page for updates and sourceforge for the 3D simulation environment to control and communicate serially with the haxapod.
It is a very nice effort and a plus to open source community so it worths your click.

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When engineers owns dogs
posted June 12 2010 7:23.58 by Giorgos Lazaridis

I could not find more details about this, but frankly, it is most amusing! Look what happens when an engineer owns a dog...

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Robot arm catching balls thrown across lab
posted June 11 2010 19:54.51

Christian Smith shows a demo of ball-catching using a custom robot arm at CAS.
The idea is to cover a large enough area in short enough time to be able to do this.

A 'large enough area' has been defined as a 0.6 m by 0.6 m window, based on the precision of a normal underhand ball toss. A 'short enough time' has been defined as 0.5 s, based on the flight time of ballistic objects and the reaction times of the teleoperated system.
In simulations the robot arm can, if started in the middle of the operating window, reach any point therein within 0.3 s, which should be fast enough and also impressive.
Seeing the video with a bad connection sometimes you wont even see the arm movement to catch the ball, that fast!
Complete documentation can be found here.

[Link: CAS]
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James Robot - learning-based neck motion
posted June 9 2010 14:27.36

Lorenzo Jamone, Matteo Fumagalli and Giorgio Metta from the University of Genoa, work on a project called "Machine-Learning Based Control of a Human-like Tendon-driven Neck".
For this purpose they builded James, a robot able to orientate its head as needed by actuating its tendon-driven parallel redundant robotic neck.
In Lorenzo's YouTube channel you can watch other videos of James learning to reach and grab objects but for the whole paper you must look here.

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The HiTechnic HTWay - A Self-balancing Segway Type Robot
posted June 9 2010 14:04.05

HiTechnic manufactures a range of robotic sensors for the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT. The majority of HiTechnic sensors are certified by The LEGO Company assuring the highest standards of quality and safety. In this video they use the Gyro Sensor along with the HiTechnic IR Receiver to make a self-balancing remote controlled robot. It can be built using parts from either an NXT 1.0 or 2.0 set and will even work with the large RCX wheels.
Building Instructions and programs in both NXT-G and NXC for download are provided here.

If 10-15 years before someone told you that one day you could make with Lego balancing robots would you believed him?

[Link: HiTechnic]
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Expliner - Power Line Inspection Robot
posted June 8 2010 16:47.09

marcimatz shows us the Virtual Robot Experimentation Platform simulating the Expliner robot. Expliner (which is commercially available from Hibot Corporation is able to inspect very high power lines while power is on, and also manages to overcome spacers and other obstacles on its way. The Expliner CAD model is courtesy of Hibot Corporation. You can watch the robot in action here.

[Link: V-REP]
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PlayStation 2 Controller Arduino Library Demonstration
posted June 8 2010 16:36.56

Bill Porter starting with code originally written by Shutter of Arduino forums and after adding analog stick support, rewrote it into an Arduino library.
In the video he demonstrates using an Xbee radio module to control his track robot.
For a sum of the library features and details you can check here.

[Link: billporter]
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posted June 3 2010 15:48.00

provides us with an easy how-to with simple instructions to make an Lego NXT balancing robot. This works with all NXT sets from older to newer. Check his page and start your own lego pendulum robot right away. :)

[Link: laurensvalk]
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Autonomous Robot Minigolf via Physics-Based Planning
posted June 2 2010 15:02.44

Stefan Zickler from Carnegie Mellon University shows an autonomous robot minigolf system that uses physics-based motion planning to automatically devise control solutions for never-before-encountered problems. Planning and control is performed by an off-board computer with a global dual-camera overhead vision system.
The underlying planning algorithms are described in Stefan's PhD Thesis "Physics-Based Robot Motion Planning in Dynamic Multi-Body Environments" (CMU-CS-10-115), Stefan Zickler, 2010.

[Link: Stefan Zickler]
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