Hoaloha Robotics Developing Socially Assistive Hardware Platform

  Last we heard from Hoaloha Robotics was back in September of 2010, when the company was initially founded by Microsoft veteran Tandy Trower, who’d led the Microsoft Robotics Group for several years. According to some press at the time, Hoaloha was all about “developing a common interface and software that will make assistive robots easy to use and customize with applications, similar to…

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Tiny Jumping Robot Finds Room for a Tail

I wanna introduce tiny jumping robot which can find room for a tail. I was impressed because of how tiny it was, but also because it could change direction, self-right, and jump, all using just one single motor and a clever arrangement of gears. A new upgrade (inspired by research from UC Berkely) adds a tail to the mix, giving this…

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Pointclouds from outdoor stereo cameras

source: http://www.pointclouds.org We tested an algorithm, developed by Alex Trevor in the previous HRI code sprint. This algorithm segments points using their normal distribution, this makes it very sensitive to noise. Basically, this algorithm computes a disparity for a stereo pair using its own dense matching method, implemented by Federico Tombari. But I additionally tested it using disparity maps precomputed by HRI. Here…

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A Teeny, Tiny Autopilot

Source : IEEE Spectrum I want to introduce tiny autopilot. It looks like a bug. Below posted By Philip E. Ross Researchers in the Netherlands have designed a thumbnail-size autopilot system that they say is the lightest in the world, at just 1.9 grams.  That should free up a fair amount of carrying capacity for the micro air vehicles (MAVs) that…

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Honda Ships 100 Walking Assist Stride Management Wearable Robot Thingys

Source : http://en.akihabaranews.com/ Honda’s Walking Assist with Stride Management: Coming to a Hospital Near You! If, that is, you’re connected to one of 50 Japanese medical institutions now testing and evaluating a pair of the semi-robotic exoskeletal assistive devices. Honda breaks down the what’s-it-do-and-how as follows: “The [Walking Assist Device’s] control computer activates motors based on information obtained from hip…

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