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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Swiss scientists create catbot: a robot that runs like a cat (video)

Source: Engadget Someone call MIT’s researchers and tell them their terrifying cheetah robot has a long-lost teensy sibling in Switzerland. Developed in the laboratories of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the “cheetah-cub robot” is a four-legged metallic critter modeled after a house cat. The scientists focused on designing legs that can move like our feline friends’, paying particular attention to their stability…

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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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