How SpotMini Robot opens the Door

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.…

Scientists Created Robots That Cooperate Like Ants Colony

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 first ever walking pilotless flying device DALER

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.

Veebot robot capable to take blood from a vein more safely than a human

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 robot with expressive eyes

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.

Snake robot inspecting nuclear power objects

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 robot astronaut Kiboro will go on the ISS

Group of experts of the TokyoUniversity and Japanese corporation Toyota presented the humanoid robot astronaut which will go to the first travel on the International Space Station (ISS) in this summer. The purpose of creation of the new robot specially for sending it on the ISS is the desire of scientists to help astronauts to cope with stressful conditions arising at station. New robot weighs only one kilogram, and its height makes 34 centimeters. In a body of the robot which on the colorful design reminds the hero from Japanese animated movies. The whole system of recognition of voices of the people who were by a row and generating of answers is placed. Meanwhile the robot astronaut speaks only language of his founders — Japanese.

RAPIRO robot for Raspberry Pi

Shota Ishiwatari, founder of the Kiluck Corp Company recently created RAPIRO, which is the specially created robot for Raspberry Pi. The robot gathers easily and delivered with RGB light-emitting diodes, 12 servo-drivers and an Arduino-compatible plate for management of the servo-driver. The RAPIRO will cost £229 ($354) without the accessories for the electronic auction. Shota developed the robot in CAD, and worked with JMC over prototype production. Each of its 12 joints is calculated on a feed from small and inexpensive servo-drivers. They reduce robot cost, but don’t expect from it tremendous productivity. Nevertheless, the robot can move the head, hands, to suffice and let out from capture, and to waddle.

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