Archive for June, 2016

RoboCup 2016 is on!

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

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RoboCup 2016 is happening right now, and we’ve sent Andrew to Leipzig Germany to be there!

The international RoboCup community fosters the development of intelligent robots by defining and executing competitions that are used by scientists and students from all over the world to test and demonstrate their robots in attractive, realistic scenarios.

RoboCup is a fantastic tournament where over 3,500 scientists and developers gather from all around the world to exhibit their latest leaps in robotics engineering! The contests are split into leagues, Soccer, Industrial, Rescue, and Junior, each with subcategories to help distinguish the class of robot being exhibited. We’re excited to be in attendance with the HR-OS5 making an appearance, and we will be bringing you a recap of the events!

Boston Dynamics never ceases to amaze

Friday, June 24th, 2016

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The Team at Boston Dynamics has come out with a new robot in their line of quadrupeds named SpotMini!

SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm.) SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built. It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs. These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation. SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance.

This little guy is adorable to watch, and truly a work of ingenuity. Some people find it creepy, but it certainly isn’t as terrifying as Thomas the War Engine, so I think we’re safe.

Spider Pig, the autonomous Hexapod!

Monday, June 6th, 2016

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Instructables user and student at Linkoping University, FredrikG3 has made an incredibly clever autonomous hexapod named Spider Pig! Using the Trossen Robotics AX Hexapod as a base, Fredrik has added an array of sensors, a raspberry pi, and well conceived code to allow the hexapod to navigate high and low terrain while making its way through a series of corridors! Check out the video and learn more on the spider pig instructables page!