Boston Dynamics, creator of the very awesome BigDog and a menagerie of other bots, is sending two small reconnaissance robots to the U.S. Army for testing. Sand Flea and RHex, developed with funding from the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force, are off to the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) to pass safety and reliability assessments.Three RHex units have already been delivered to ATEC and Sand Fleas will join them later this year, Boston Dynamics said in a release.
According to scientists the robot Cheetah which was created by Pentagon’s main research agency is fastest-ever land robot, which can gallop at a speed of 18 miles (29 kilometers) per hour. The robot Cheetah looks about the size of a small dog and is shown running on a treadmill in pictures and video released Monday by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). As reported DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ) Cheetah’s dash has set a new land speed record for legged robots, besting the previous holder of 13.1 mph (21 kph) set in 1989.
Hitachi has upgraded their office assistant robot. The adorable, metallic-haired EMIEW 2 has been given permission to go on the internet. When shown an object, EMIEW 2 can take a snapshot with its camera and perform a quick online search for similar images to help it determine what the object is. With the help of new network of cameras positioned throughout the office space, EMIEW 2 can locate specific objects and guide people to them. Using speech recognition, you can ask for an object by name and it will automatically try to find one for you. In the following demonstration, the EMIEW 2 recognizes a camera sight unseen and locates a pair of scissors squirreled away in a corner.
The Frauhofer robot, which is normally used to analyze the optical reflection properties of various materials, will draw a portrait of anybody willing to sit still in a chair for about ten minutes. The robot uses a camera to study its subject, edge-processing software to seek out the contrasts in the image, and translates them into movements of the robot’s arm. The arm which holds a pencil turns draws the portrait on a piece of paper in front of it. This robot is pretty cool combination of art, science and technology.
A NASA robot, named Robonaut 2, greeted its human commander with a hearty handshake on February 15, along with a silent message: “Hello, World.” The historic handshake between man and machine, a first in space, was shared between NASA’s humanoid robot Robonaut 2, and American astronaut Daniel Burbank on the International Space Station. Robonaut 2 is a $2.5 million droid designed to be an autonomous assistant to help astronauts with complex chores to keep the space station running properly. The robot was developed through a NASA partnership with car manufacturer General Motors and is the first humanoid robot ever to fly in space.
CITEC Bielefeld’s anthropomorphic robot head known as FloBi has recently received an upgrade that comes with an affordable and simple motion-capture setup.
A robotics research team at the University of Pennsylvania has designed a system to coordinate a number of small quadrotors, a step toward coordinating multiple robots for tasks such as surveillance or searching areas after a disaster.
A NASA rover celebrates eight years on the Martian surface on January 24, and the long-lived robot is still going strong. The Opportunity rover landed on the Red Planet at 9:05 p.m. PST Jan. 24, 2004 (12:05 a.m. EST Jan. 25), three weeks after its twin, Spirit, touched down. While NASA declared Spirit dead last year, Opportunity continues to gather data in its dotage, helping scientists understand more and more about Mars’ wetter, warmer past. Opportunity reached a multi-year driving destination, Endeavour Crater, in August 2011. At Endeavour’s rim, it has gained access to geological deposits from an earlier period of Martian history than anything it examined during its first seven years.
Team of researchers at the University of Ottawa are developing a robot that mimics the human face’s expressions and human hand’s tactile processes, which they say will be useful in areas like nursing, nuclear plant maintenance, and explosive device disposal.