Game of Drones: Where UAVs meet paintball

This seems like a less damaging but still fun way of battling robots. Source: CNET Mucking around with monarchical politics and swords is all well and good, but a remote-controlled toy drone involves around 98 percent less decapitation and at least 54 percent more fun. At least we assume that’s part of the reasoning behind Game of Drones, a collective of…

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2G “Velo” Gripper

The 2G Velo Gripper can now be pre ordered at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1P6KJZPGViJusjeKuOlUBoUIJP8QVbLai-Cd36rv-dAM/viewform Check out the website: http://www.willowgarage.com/velo2g Overview At Willow Garage we are constantly engaged in exploration and research work aiming to advance towards future personal robots. In this context, an ongoing project explores novel gripper designs and grasping strategies using them. The Velo 2G Gripper is a result of this exploratory project. Starting…

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The wheel, re-invented.

Currently this man reinvented a the wheel to be in a square shape.  According to him, the wheel is more stable and offers many benefits.  Although this is currently being applied to skateboards it would be very interesting to see if it has any benefits in wheeled robots for mobile manipulation.  Make sure the check out the video at the…

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SoftKinetic teases embedded 3D depth camera, coming to Intel devices next year (hands-on)

With new technology in motion capture being developed all the time, intel has showed off a small integrated sensor for hand tracking on a laptop.  The technology is being developed in part by a South Korean company Namuga.  This type of technology is exciting for more low cost motion capture such as the Kinect sensor and is even more more…

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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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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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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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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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