Boston Dynamics posted a video of its SpotMini robot: how the robot opens the door. Boston Dynamics has an extraordinary technical team of engineers and scientists that aren’t stopping to amaze us. At first sight, it’s a quite incredible feat.…
Google has built flying drones which will be used to deliver aid following natural disasters. Wing Project has been running for two years as part of Google X, the company’s technology research arm that also created its self-driving car, but was only made public on Thursday. Google tested the drones in Queensland, Australia this month, flying chocolate bars, dog treats, cattle vaccines, water and radios to people. In total, 30 successful delivery flights of about 1km were made over the course of a week.
Engineers from Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS, US) built a swarm of 1024 robots that are programmed to build different shapes. At first glance you might think it is masses of ants working behind you or cells that are forming an organ. In reality you see 1024 robots that are moving in a large wooden square complete with edges to stop them waddle off the edge. Engineers call the swarm “Kilobots” like the kilobyte with 1024 bytes. Each robot is a 3cm across and cylindrical and has an infrared light emitted overhead to communicate with other robots in Kilobot. Within 10cm distance robots use the infrared light to send messages to one another and take the right direction in the swarm. Everything starts when 4 robots are put in the place where the required shape is need to be formed and random selection of robots capable to move in the swarm start their slowly movement. Already on the move robots choose the direction taking into account the past experience and what their neighbors are currently doing. It doesn’t mean they don’t make mistakes but at the end they build the required shape in 6 to 12 hours.
The Swiss company constructed the unusual flying device which can go. The Swiss Federal Polytechnical School of Lausanne (EPFL) with pride presented the last development. This represents the small pilotless aircraft under the name DALER that is deciphered as Deployable Air Land Exploration Robot on a public inspection. This automated device is able not only to fly by air, but also to go on the ground. For this purpose the DALER flying device successfully uses own wings which have a unique design.
The blood capture on the analysis is the most widespread medical procedure. Analysis captures as one of the most vital issues in medicine. About 20% of attempts to take blood from vein from the first are failure. In each of 5 cases the doctor doesn’t get to a vein from the first, it involves not only additional expenses for medical institutions, but also leads to complications at patients. The Veebot robot was developed for the solution of this problem. The robot copes with this task quite easily. Clinical tests of the robot, capable to do a blood from a vein, will take place this year. In order that it is correct to define a place where there is a vein, the robot uses the camera, infrared illumination and the special software.
Disney Research, research division of The Walt Disney Company, declared development of the Papillon technology, allowing to allocate Disney robot or interactive toys with an expressive eyes. Researchers suggested to use the screens made of transparent fiber-optical cables as “eyes” of characters. Cables are created with application 3D press. The cut of each cable forms one pixel of the screen. At the opposite end of a bunch of cables takes place the projector. It transfers to the Dinsney robot eye the screen the animated image. It can be the moving pupils, pulsing hearts or question marks, inscriptions and so on. According to researchers, decision advantages are low cost, opportunity to create convex eyes, lack of the distortions peculiar to convex OLED screens, and good scalability.
The Austrian nuclear power plant of Zwentendorf is a fine test platform for robots and other similar technologies. The station was constructed in the 1970th years, but never included. Thus, in premises of station there are no radiation sources, toxic elements and other things causing fear. But the designs of station bound by pipes of various diameter, and remained untouched, giving opportunity to researchers to carry out comprehensive tests of the snake robot. From the moment of accident at Japanese nuclear station Fukushima, there was developeda number of robots which had to assist in diagnostics of damages and elimination of consequences of accident. However, components of nuclear stations are entangled by many kilometers of pipelines of various diameter. It isn’t possible to examine components within nuclear stations with help of the developed robots . Only the robot snake is capable to solve this problem. The robot snake can move in pipes, it has the diameter of 15 centimeters, LED light sources and high-quality cameras.
The American agency of perspective research defensive projects (DARPA challenge) continues development of biped humanoid robots. Earlier the public already got acquainted with Petman, joint development of DARPA challenge and Boston Dynamics. Later there was Pet-Proto, one of prototypes of the robot which carries the name ATLAS. Pet-Proto was presented last year and intended for demonstration of opportunities of the biped robot. It could overcome independently obstacles, making the decision on a way choice, to jump and clamber, maintains its balance even when hit with a 20 lb ball. It holds balance and remains standing after a side-winder a heavy ball. The humanoid robot quietly goes on a racetrack and overcomes obstacles. Robot height — 187 cm, weight — 150 kg, width of shoulders — 76 cm, in the head is located the whole set of sensors and sensors. The number of hydraulic joints is 28 pieces. Its vestibular mechanism is surprising and delights.
On July 3 in a museum of science of Miraikan Honda showed the Asimo Honda robot. During the demonstration visitors were witnesses of how the robot confused people who raised hands for questions, with those who lifted phones for photographing implementation. The Asimo Honda robot stiffened in the middle of an event, continually repeating the programmed offer “Who wants to ask the question Asimo?” Duties of the robot include recognition of speech and providing answers to public questions, as is the most difficult task in development of robots. Also he is able to distinguish the child though, yet without understanding sense of its address or any other actions. The Asimo Honda robot guide is connected by radio connection to six sensors, located in a ceiling, for definition of a place of gathering of people in a museum. During own demonstration of Asimo went on a hall and answered a question of the features, projecting charts on the large-format screen. According to the company, in the humanoid are programmed 100 answers to the prepared questions.