Efficient Generation of Motion Transitions using Spacetime Constraints

This paper describes the application of space time constraints to creating transitions between segments of human body motion. The motion transition generation uses a combination of spacetime constraints and inverse kinematic constraints to generate seamless and dynamically plausible transitions between motion segments. We use a fast recursive dynamics formulation which makes it possible to use spacetime constraints on systems with many degrees of…

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ATLAS: Performance Professional Comes to Socks

I found this great startup project that has created a new sock.  While the DYROS lab has been doing work on walking and shoe recognition, some people have thought about how this research can influence shoe design itself.  I am not too sure about the research methods used in this product, but it at least sounds convincing.  When talking to…

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New nanoneedle technique probes inner workings of human skin

Researchers in the U.K. say that by combining a nanoneedle with atomic force microscopy, they can now perform a mechanical scan of the thin top layer of our skin to better understand its biomechanics. Source: CNET How does our top layer of skin — the thin stratum corneum — manage to keep water inside our bodies and microbes out, all while maintaining…

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Telerobotics to help sick teen toss a baseball 1,800 miles

Photo Description: Using this telerobotic pitching machine, 13-year-old Nick LeGrande will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Oakland A’s game at the Oakland Coliseum Wednesday — from 1,800 miles away (Credit: Oakland Athletics) Source: CNET There are some baseball players known for their strong arms, but a lot of people will probably stand up and take notice when 13-year-old Nick…

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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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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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Warrior Web from DARPA aims to boost muscles, reduce fatigue and injury (video)

Source: Engadget The US military’s dabbled with full-on robotic suits in the past, but it’s now looking at a less convoluted, more energy-efficient approach. A project called Warrior Web from DARPA aims to enhance soldier carrying capacity and minimize injuries by distributing loads better, providing better joint support and “reapply(ing) energy to enhance motion.” Such a suit would be equipped with sensors to…

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