Archive for September, 2006

Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

I attended Robobusiness back in June this summer and met the guys from Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition. The have software which can recognize faces from any image. They had the facial recognition software on display in their booth and it was pretty impressive. They had a camera pointed at the passing crowd and green boxes would appear around each person’s face in real time. It was impressively accurate.

Face Recognition

Their website even has a face detection in photographs demo where you can upload your own photo to see their software in action. Very Cool.

I spoke with the team for a bit and they said that they were interested in creating a commercial version of the technology. Of course I immediately started thinking about the robotic benefits of their technology as a modular plug in which developers could use.

PittPatt is a company worth keeping an eye on if you are interested in facial recognition software. Here is their website: Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition.

Introducing… Bioloid!

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
Bioloid humanoid

We here at Trossen Robotics are pleased to announce that we now carry Bioloid kits and components. When we discovered this line, we were so impressed that we knew we had to make it available to you! Bioloid is a very impressive modular robotics system. One of the most exciting features is the smart, serially controlled components.

Bioloid servos

Servos and sensor modules are daisy-chained, so the wiring confusion that often comes with complex designs, like humanoids and multi-legged crawlers, is greatly simplified. The convenience of serial wiring isn’t the only advantage to these smart servos. They also report a number of useful variables back to the controller, such as servo position, temperature, and input voltage.

Not enough environmental feedback for you? Plug an AX-S1 Sensing Module into the chain, and you’ve got IR range sensing in 3 directions, a microphone, a piezo speaker, and an IrDA receiver.

Couple these features with an impressive (and FREE) software bundle, a powerful and flexible controller, and a wide array of brackets for mounting and connecting modules, and you’ve got one very powerful robotics system that all of your friends will be jealous of.

For your convenience, here’s a link to our Bioloid products page so you can get more detailed specifications and check it out for yourself.

The revolution has begun.


Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

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