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Trossen Robotics’ own lead engineer, Andrew, has been hanging with the Megabots team (You know, the guys who are going to pilot America’s MK. II against Japan’s Kuratas in the first large scale robot duel that this planet has experienced in all of recorded history). If you want to see America become the first Mech battling champion of the world, you can back the kickstarter! While you’re waiting for the giant robot battle to happen, check out our gallery of Andrew’s miniature MK. II build!
The roboticists at UC Berkeley are working the design of a robotic exoskeleton with a low price point. There are other robotic exoskeletons in existence right now, HULC being developed for the military in the United States, and Cyberdyne’s HAL being leased to the elderly for medical purposes in Japan, but each of these projects is met with the limitation of access, typically due to price point and lack of availability. This is a hefty task, but worthwhile, as you can see in the video. Giving the ability to walk back to those who have lost it is an amazing and noble goal, and the future of robotics augmenting human ability looks bright.
UC Berkeley’s Biomimetic Millisystems Lab is up to something interesting! VelociRoach and H2Bird are a robot team that works together to take flight! There are so many angles to look at this work from, whether it be the fact that they are mimicking the biology of cockroaches and birds, using sensors to determine the proper velocity and angle at which to launch the robot bird, or the fact that these robots are working as a team to accomplish the task of flight. There is a distinct advantage to using two separate robots to handle the task of liftoff, being that the cockroach handles all the necessary movement to lift off, and the robotic bird doesn’t carry the extra weight that would be necessary if locomotion was integrated into its design. Specialization of these tasks allows greater capability for the robotic team, which is pretty amazing.
Real Robots Live is a project in its infancy, looking for input before launching their crowdfunding campaign. It would be awesome to see the Trossen Robotics Community take a creative opportunity and give some feedback on this project. User lewisRRL states:
Just wanted to make you all aware of a new project, and gather your ideas.
The project is called Real Robots Live and will make it possible to log onto a live robot over the internet and drive it around a remote arena.
You’ll have full control over the robot via the software and will be able to see the camera images that stream from the robot’s perspective. It’s a high res, low latency feed on the robots and around the arena.
Lots of these robots will be playing in the same arena – a real life online multiplayer game!
We want robots to be able to construct structures, destroy them using weapons and interact with the arena (opening doors,etc.).
Once online, we want to setup RealRobotsLiveTV so everyone can watch live events.
This is a call for ideas. This is a game with the real world as it’s engine. What would you like to see in this?
In 2-3 months we are aiming to crowdfund the project.
If you’d like to put your two cents in the hat, join the discussion!
The HR-OS1 is alive and kicking. Well, more likely punching right now. We might have accidentally exposed him to Smash Brothers, and he might idolize Little Mac a bit. Using Robot Motion Editor to teach the HR-OS1 new moves is easy and fun! This is all early movement editing, without the use of sensors to correct for balance. It does take a little bit of time to get used to balancing the little fella, but as you can see from the video, the HR-OS1 is very capable of holding his own through a wide variety of movement. We get a kick out of watching him dance!
We had a great time for the third year in a row at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire! So many bright young stars came to our booth to learn about robotics, some of which were involved in arduino programming, many of which left with an interest in robotics. We rolled out the HR-OS1 for his first public event, and everyone loved him! Congrats to the volunteers on a successful Maker Faire, and many more to come!
These soft robots, developed by Otherlab, are one of the results of research into lighter, softer robotics. As a point, these biologically inspired robots are soft, but strong as their hard bodied cousins. Due to the less precise nature of building with soft materials, these robots have more sensors than a traditionally hard robot would need to hold or return to a position. With the cost of sensors dropping, these fellas came about at the right time.