Engineer Martin Stoelen has released some videos showing the operation of a 3D printed robotic arm called GummiArm! This isn’t just any robot arm, it uses AX-18A Dynamixel Actuators to turn spools with elastic bands, acting as pliant linear actuators. This gives the GummiArm a unique, springy response to its environment! The mounts are available on Martin’s GitHub. This project is assosicated with the DeCoRo project at Plymouth University.
The Geekbot Advanced with BrainOS is here! This is a special edition of our Geekbot Platform powered by Brain Corporation’s BrainOS. This robot can be controlled via an iPhone App or set to run autonomously. The Geekbot uses a Raspberry Pi to process image data from its RobotGeek Webcam and traverse obstacles in its environment.
Brain Corporation’s work on BrainOS is unique because they are designing a system that is intended to be trained instead of programmed. The idea is that there are tasks that are far easier to ‘train’ a robot to perform vs program the robot to perform. Brain OS is great for service robots that need to interact with their environment in a complex fashion. Training can be shared among multiple robots, allowing you to deploy a whole swarm of BrainOS based robots!
Forum User r3n33 is at it again, this time with a new way to move the HR-OS1! WinRME is a .Net application that’s capable of relaying all the standard RME commands to the robot via manual entry, as well as a growing list of features. Based on RME (netRME), this program is shaping up to be a fantastic companion to the HR-OS1 for anyone using the Windows OS environment. This is exciting news. WinRME is being designed with a graphic user interface (a major improvement on the original), and will utilize multiple windows to allow you to keep your movement list on hand and ready to rock (a massive improvement on a personal pet peeve). There isn’t a download version available just yet, this is still in early development, but it’s worth checking out the screenshots below and following the forum post for more details!
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!
This video, posted by Ben Greer, is EXTREMELY DRAMATIC. Featuring a PhantomX AX Hexapod with a GoPro mounted to it (not to mention a sweet software stack), the video really captures some of the awesomeness of owning a Hexapod. This video was apparently made in Ben’s free time, which is really amazing, considering the high production value. Give it a watch!
HEIR Lab (Humanoid Engineering & Intelligent Robotics), at Marquette University took their robot to RoboCup 2015 in Hefei, China! The team is lead by Andrew B. Williams, Ph.D., who has written up a fantastic post on the subject.
This week, our students in the Marquette University Humanoid Engineering & Intelligent Robotics (HEIR) Lab are participating in perhaps the largest and the oldest robot hackathon in the world, RoboCup, in Hefei, China. RoboCup is sometimes referred to as the World Cup of robotics and artificial intelligence. This is the tenth anniversary since I founded and led the Spelman College SpelBots to our first RoboCup in Osaka, Japan and it is a privilege to lead our current, outstanding team from Marquette University College of Engineering: Matt, Adrianna, Ryan, and Sally.
For the rest of the post, check out his blog, and make sure to watch their Qualification video from RoboCup 2014 below!
New kits, parts, and upgrades!
That’s it for now!