The roboticists at UC Berkeley are really ramping up their game with a very clever robot named BRETT (Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks). BRETT has been challenged with the task of understanding and folding various bits of laundry. What seems like a very simple task is actually quite problematic from the viewpoint of a robot. The team at UC Berkeley have focused primarily on the tasks that robots are currently limited in their understanding of. It’s easy for a human to determine the difference between a towel and a sock in a pile of laundry, but that is a major stumbling block for a robot at this time. To fold a towel, it takes a human a couple seconds. We inherently understand that the material of the towel is not solid, it drapes and crumples up. A robot does not have the ability to sense these things, and has to jump through extra hoops to reach a workable understanding of the material. In this case, BRETT finds the corners of the towel, and solves an easier problem. This is still a time consuming process, taking between 11-20 minutes, assuming a sock didn’t throw off the reading. Very interesting work, and it is worthwhile to see the team pushing past the current limitations of robotics!
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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!
Samsung ARTIK is a series of Arduino compatible boards, similar to Intel Edison in its stated goals, but with an end-to-end support system that should keep your projects rolling through the learning curve. There are 3 boards, all of them with tiny footprints, low power consumption, and features aplenty. If you’re interested in getting onboard early, consider applying for their Alpha Developer Program. Application deadline is May 31st.
Trossen Robotics is backing CHIP – The World’s First Nine Dollar Computer, for its potential to increase the accessibility of smart, powerful robotics projects to students and roboticists of all ages and levels of expertise. This kickstarter broke a million dollars in the first few days, with a goal of only 50k! The C.H.I.P. is a small form factor, single board computer, much like the Raspberry Pi. It is similarly featured, but diverges in a few important aspects. It has onboard storage of 4GB, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth communications, and a smaller footprint, afforded by the optional VGA and HDMI adapters. There are 23 days left to back this project, so strike while the iron is hot!
Disney’s Beachbot, designed at ETH Zurich’s Autonomous Systems Lab, is a seemingly simple robot turtle that combs impressively large images into damp sand. They claim to want to make large scale images on the earth at the scale of the Nazca lines! Imagine what you could create with a RobotGeek Rover!
We will be at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, Saturday, May 2, 2015. This will be our third time attending, and we’re pumped to show off all that we’ve been up to in the last year. We love inspiring people young and old to pursue an interest in robotics. It’s also pretty sweet that we were featured in a Meet the Maker post on front page of the Mini Maker Faire website. We hope to see you there!
Check out roboticist Christopher’s Hexapod navigation through environment with 33% hole coverage (slow)! Though the gait is slow, this looks like a very intelligent terrain mapping addition to the PhantomX AX Hexapod. We suggest watching this at 2x speed, but it’s worthwhile to see what can be done with a bit of ingenuity!
Check out user Quad Fu’s PhantomX Hexapod build! This is a short time lapse video of the 6 hours spent building a PhantomX Hexapod. It’s easy to get started with an InterbotiX Hexapod Robot Kit, just follow one of our Getting Started guides, and you’ll be running on all 6 legs in no time.
This is a super cool video, and we’d love to see what you can do with any of the Quadruped & Hexapod Robot Kits!