Motion Capture Using Joint Skeleton Tracking and Surface Estimation

This paper proposes a method for capturing the performance of a human or an animal from a multi-view video sequence. Given an articulated template model and silhouettes from a multi-view image sequence, our approach recovers not only the movement of the skeleton, but also the possibly non-rigid temporal deformation of the 3D surface. While large scale deformations or fast movements…

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DARPA developing muscle-controlled prosthetic limbs that can feel (video)

  There are some amazing improvements to prosthetic limbs  that can change many peoples lives.  It is interesting to see the integration of more electronics, making prosthetic limbs basically robots that can communicate with people.  This creates a blurred boundary between wearable robots in terms of exoskeletons and literally robots that are being worn.  I think the future of this…

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DARPA developing muscle-controlled prosthetic limbs that can feel (video)

  There are some amazing improvements to prosthetic limbs  that can change many peoples lives.  It is interesting to see the integration of more electronics, making prosthetic limbs basically robots that can communicate with people.  This creates a blurred boundary between wearable robots in terms of exoskeletons and literally robots that are being worn.  I think the future of this…

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Google’s Self-Driving Cars Get Boost From U.S. Agency

As autonomous cars are gaining traction in Korea, the US is starting to push hard to get the technology implemented.  Google is known for its high-tech and reliable autonomous car and the US government has now stated they would like to see states adopt new laws dealing with these cars. Source: Bloomberg Self-driving cars being developed by Google Inc. (GOOG) and some…

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A lightweight gait assistant wearable robot

By the wearable robot named “Indego”, Michael Gore stands and walks who was paralyzed from the waist down in a workplace accident 11 years ago. When he leans forward, the device takes a first step. When he tilts from side to side, it walks. When Gore wants to stop, he leans back and the robotic leg braces come to a…

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From Vivaldi to Wagner to Schubert

Some of the work in the lab has to do with movement variation with different music.  In a similar field, new research has been able to categorize periods of music in a very short sample size.  Depending on the algorithm, it could mean it is possible to generate dance moves in realtime. Source: IBM Music may soothe a savage beast.…

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A Robotic Sculpture by Dr. Mari Velonaki

I found a robotic sculpture which moves around the exhibition hall. “You walk into the brightly lit space, and a delicate-looking plaster statue catches your eye. She has a peaceful expression, and is dressed in a modest gown with puffy shoulders and a broad skirt. Her arms stay close to her body, but the palms of her hands face gently…

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New Technology Could Engineer the Perfect Baseball Swing

Although many people use motion capture technology to analyze sports movements, this research takes a different approach.  In short, it analyzes the baseball bat trajectory and information which abstracts the persons movement to only the end effector. Source CBSSport and Mashable What if a baseball coach could truly determine what a player must do to hit the ball out of the…

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Teaching a humanoid robot new behaviors

  This work proposes newly an incremental motion learning algorithm through kinesthetic teachings and a new motion production algorithm by combining learned motions in a humanoid robot. The proposed algorithms are useful to enrich producible motions by a humanoid robot. The learning algorithm consists of time alignment, data integration, dimensional reduction, parameter initialization in the Gaussian mixture model (GMM) of…

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Using Motion Capture to Test Robot Movement

Source: University of Michigan 3D Lab At the end of every year, seniors in the College of Engineering are working hard to finish their capstone design projects. These projects are guided by a professor but built entirely by students. Keteki Saoji, a mechanical engineer focusing on manufacturing, took inspiration from Professor Revzen who studies legged locomotion in both insects and…

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