Style Translation for Human Motion

Style translation is the process of transforming an input motion into a new style while preserving its original content. This problem is motivated by the needs of interactive applications, which require rapid processing of captured performances. Our solution learns to translate by analyzing differences between performances of the same content in input and output styles. It relies on a novel…

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MuRata boy: Self Balancing Bicycle Riding Robot

Japanese company Murata Manufacturing created a bicycling robot to show off some of their various sensors. The robot tentatively named MuRata Boy (although some articles are calling it Murata Seisaku-kun) is equipped with four types of sensors: two gyro sensors used to detect angular velocity and inclination; an ultrasonic sensor to detect obstacles; and a shock sensor to detect rough…

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PCL-ORCS – code sprint success!

source:  http://pointclouds.org/ Pat Marion, an R&D Engineer at Kitware, has concluded his work on the joint Open Perception – Ocular Robotics code sprint. The goal of the code sprint was to develop a pcl::Grabber driver interface for the  RE0x laser sensors and to develop visualization code capable of real-time display of point cloud data streams acquired by the grabber interface. The pcl::RobotEyeGrabber is a…

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IBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da Vinci

The drastic cost reductions that are happening in robotics are very exciting.  Similar to 3D printing and Motion capture, it seems like the special one time use of these technologies are becoming more accessible every year.  To me, the most interesting part of this work is the use of the pneumatic for force feedback and sensing. Source: Diginfo This is a…

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Digital Assistance for Sign-Language Users

Source: Inside Microsoft Research Microsoft researchers are studying sign-language recognition by using Kinect. Below poseted by Rob Knies Sign language is the primary language for many deaf and hard-of-hearing people. But it currently is not possible for these people to interact with computers using their native language. Because of this, researchers in recent years have spent lots of time studying…

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CMU Snake Robot Trial at Nuclear Power Plant

Source : robots.net (http://robots.net/article/3610.html) A CMU press release (PDF format) describes a recent field test of CMU’s modular snake robot in which it navigates inside an Austrian nuclear power plant. The robot moved through pipes, open valves, and inside various types of vessels. The Zwentendorf nuclear power plant was built in the 1970s but never made operational and lacks any…

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Autonomous Vehicle

An autonomous car,also known as a robotic car, or informally as driverless or self-driving, is an autonomous vehicle capable of fulfilling the human transportation capabilities of a traditional car. As an autonomous vehicle, it is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. Robotic cars exist mainly as prototypes and demonstration systems, but are likely to become more widespread in the near future. Autonomous vehicles sense their…

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DARPA Unveils Atlas DRC Robot

Boston Dynamics built new massive humanoid robot – Atlas – for DARPA Robotics Challenge(DRC). Watch it.   SOURCE : IEEE SPECTRUM robotics news (http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/darpa-unveils-atlas-drc-robot) Specs: Six feet, two inches tall (1.88m) 330 pounds (150kg) On-board real-time control computer On-board hydraulic pump and thermal management Tethered for networking and 480-V three-phase power at 15 kW Two arms, two legs, a torso…

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