Thursday, June 28, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Rain- and dust-proof, the latest robot in the HRP series stands 160 cm tall and weighs 68 kg. HRP-3 has 42 degrees of freedom and has improved grasping ability. The robot can operate autonomously or by remote control. The price for the robot will be $80.000-150.000 when ready for the market in 2010.
(HRP - Humanoid Robotics Project).
Sunday, June 24, 2007
The Urban Challenge features autonomous ground vehicles maneuvering in a mock city environment, executing simulated military supply missions while merging into moving traffic, navigating traffic circles, negotiating busy intersections, and avoiding obstacles.
The competitive final event is scheduled to take place on November 3, 2007. The exact location will be announced before the National Qualification Event scheduled for October 2007. DARPA is offering $2M for the fastest qualifying vehicle, and $1M and $500,000 for second and third place.
53 teams from have been qualified for the first qualification round.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Pleo is an autonomous robotic life form modeled on a one-week-old Camarasaurus dinosaur. Pleo is designed to mimic life which means Pleo thinks and acts independently, just like a real animal. It’s about the size of a really fluffy house cat, with big blue eyes and a chubby playful body. Pleo does evolve over time in 3 major stages as curious baby, adaptive infant, and finally juvenile dinosaur.
Pleo will be available for $349 USD in the United States in October 2007. Replacement battery packs will be available too. International customers will have to wait until some time in Fall 2007 for further information on Pleo availability in their area.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Robotarium is conceived for a public garden it is constituted by a large glass structure containing 45 robots, most powered by photovoltaic energy and a few plugged to the ceiling or to the ground. The robots are all original, created specifically for the project, representing 14 species classified by distinct behavior strategies and body morphologies. Obstacle avoidance, movement or sunlight detection and interaction with the public are some of the robots skills.
Japanese robot manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has announced that its humanoid communication robot Wakamaru is now available for rent. Wakamaru has vision, auditory and touch sensors and was launched last year. The rental project is aimed at businesses, hospitals and events, where the robot can be used as receptionist or guide. Wakamaru understands about 10,000 japanese words, can retrieve information or emails from the Net with its wireless LAN link.
The daily rental fee varies according to the lease length. For a lease of 1-5 days, it's 120,000 yen ($970), while 21-30 days is only 20,000 yen ($160). Shipping and management charges extra. The rentals will come with touch panels that can display venue maps and other info.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Rank 2005 (Impact Factor):
- IEEE Trans. Robotics(1.49)
- Autonomous Robots(1.25)
- Int. J. Robot. Res.(1.13)
- Robotics & Auton. Syst.(0.77)
- Robot. Comp.-Int. Mfg.(0.64)
- IEEE Robot./Autom. Mag.(0.45)
- Advanced Robotics(0.35)
- J. Robotic Systems(0.32)
- J. Int. Robot. Syst.(0.22)
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During this experimental phase, Orange fibre customers will be able to discover the collection in the
Chimay rooms, which are generally closed to the general public. Accompanied by an explanatory
voice commentary, the images of the works filmed by the robot will be broadcast live in high definition.
This unique technological innovation is made possible by fibre optics and a visiophony system
developed in the Orange Labs. These free tours, lasting 20 minutes, will be available every day from 9
am to 1 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm. Orange "fibre" subscribers can book tours since June 4 on the highspeed
broadband portal at www.orange.fr.
This experimental phase is part of the GVN project (Grand Versailles Numérique (Digital Great
Versailles)). Launched by the Palace of Versailles in 2005, GVN’s aim is to imagine, test and then
deploy new digital tools designed to enrich visits to the museum and the Versailles estate. It is a
research and experimentation programme that merges culture and technology. A prototype of GVN
could be duplicated in other cultural sites, in France and throughout the world. The innovations
contained in this project are linked to improving the reception, information and orientation of the public,
preparation, enrichment and prolongation of the visit, sharing knowledge and exchanges between
Robosoft, a worldwide leader in service robotics solutions, has prepared and loaned the project one of
its robuters®. The robuter is an intelligent mobile robot equipped with a camera, and able to perform
pre-programmed themed visits, or to be remote controlled on demand from any PC connected to the
Internet. This world first is a clear illustration of Robosoft’s vision that, by 2011, robuters will change
our daily lives, particularly through functions like tele-presence, which is demonstrated today in the
Palace of Versailles. Exclusively available on Orange fibre, this experiment illustrates one of the uses made possible by fibre optics and opens up perspectives in other fields (tourism, cultural, educational, medical, security, etc.) or in the search for solutions to facilitate access to cultural events for people with reduced mobility.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
The DEPTHX project is led by Stone Aerospace, Field Robotic Center at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, who designed and integrated the vehicle. Southwest Research Institute has built the sciencepayload for science investigators from the University of Texas at Austin, Colorado School of Mines, and NASA Ames Research Center. Carnegie Mellon is developing the navigation and guidance software to map the cenote and autonomously execute the exploration strategy.
Depthx has 100 sensors, 36 computers and 16 thrusts ( small actuators) and is navigating autonomously.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
MacDorman, , will share his expertise at the International Robots and Vision Conference in Chicago, June 11-14. He will join scientists from 26 nations presenting at a session highlighting recent trends and technology in service robots.
In the United States robots are still viewed mainly as tools for performing specific tasks, even when they act autonomously. They can be programmed for tasks such as delivering messages, medications and food in hospitals, cleaning public areas and general surveillance. "However, using an android seems to have little if any advantage over special-purpose robots in performing these kinds of jobs," he said. "A less expensive, wheeled robot can courier or vacuum faster than an android and with less power consumption."
Another makers of pool cleaner robots are Maytronics (Isreal), Weda (Sweden), Aquabot (USA), Ozonex (France).
Hitachi Develops Portable Photo-topography Equipment for Measuring Brain Activities in Daily Life -- Tech-On!
A child-sized android with flexible joints and soft skin developed by the Japan Science and Technology Agency was unveiled June 2 at Osaka University, where the agency's research and development team is based. The 1.3-meter-tall, 33 kilogram humanoid robot has optical, auditory and tactile sensors. Fifty-one actuators inside its body run on compressed air and enable the robot to make complex movements smoothly.About 200 tactile sensors are embedded in the robot's gray skin, which is made of silicon and other materials. The robot can react to its surroundings by blinking and altering its facial expressions.
The robot, which has the physical ability of a 1- or 2-year-old toddler, can turn over and stand up with assistance. At the news conference Friday, the humanoid moved its hands and feet and turned its eyes. The 33-kilogram humanoid is fitted with an artificial vocal cord can also form words.Its name is CB2, an abbreviation of Child-Robot with Biomimetic Body.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Laugier, Christian, Chatila, Raja
2007, Approx. 170 p., Hardcover
Not yet published. Available: October 4, 2007
Part I: Dynamic World Understanding and Modelling for Safe Navigation.- Mobile Robot Map Learning from Range Data in Dynamic Environments.- Optical Flow Approaches for Self-Supervised Learning in Autonomous Mobile Robot Navigation.- Steps Towards Safe Navigation in Open and Dynamic Environments.- Part II: Obstacle Avoidance and Motion Planning in Dynamic Environments.- Provably Safe Motions Strategies for Mobile Robots in Dynamic Domains.- Motion Planning in Dynamic Environments.- Recursive Agent Modeling with Probabilistic Velocity Obstacles for Mobile Robot Navigation among Humans.- Towards Real-Time Sensor-Based Path Planning in Highly Dynamic Environments.- Part III: Human-Robot Physical Interactions.- Tasking Everyday Interaction.
Iagnemma, Karl; Buehler, Martin; Singh, Sanjiv (Eds.)
2008, Approx. 480 p., Hardcover
The DARPA Grand Challenge was a landmark in the field of robotics: a race by autonomous vehicles through 132 miles of rough, cross-country Nevada terrain that showcased exciting and unprecedented capabilities in robotic perception, navigation, and control. The event took place in October 2005, and drew teams of competitors from academia and industry, and many garage hobbyists. This book presents fifteen technical papers that are written at a level that makes them easily accessible to a broad technical audience, describing the technology behind most of the robotic vehicles that participated in this famous race. The papers describe each team's driverless vehicle, race strategy, and insights. As a whole, they present the state of the art in autonomous vehicle technology, and offer a glimpse of future technology for tomorrow’s driverless cars.
This book will serve as an authoritative, archival source for the DARPA Grand Challenge and a “must have” for robotics students and researchers, since it describes the state of the art in perception, planning and control.