HyQ quadruped robot makes its first public appearance in London, steps up with new feature (video)

This article makes a really interesting point, unless you work in a robotics lab, the chances are you have not seen a robot in person.  I think the idea of showcasing robots for the public is a great idea, and should be done more.  I think there are many misunderstandings about robots, and seeing it in real life is very…

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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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Robugtix’s 3D-printed T8 spiderbot will terrify your friends for $1,350 (video)

This is a very impressive application of kinematics.  In the world of robotics, especially in our lab, I have not seen many great applications of kinematics as it seems to be pretty straight forward.  The dynamics aspect of robotics is much more of the labs focus and is a really exciting area of research.  In terms of commercial applications, I…

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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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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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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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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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