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Monday, August 31, 2009

Open Robotics Development - ECHORD Opening Event

The European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development (ECHORD) is a new EU-funded project aimed to reinforce cooperation between the industry and the scientific research in robotics. ECHORD is coordinated by Professor Knoll, Technical University of Munich. The project's international orientation and its positioning in the existing robotics landscape are emphasized by the participation of the University of Naples Federico II (Prof. Siciliano) and the University of Coimbra in Portugal (Prof. Pires).
The industry can support research groups in the purchase of robotic equipment and the development of experiments in a series of selected scenarios, that are scientifically interesting and commercially relevant.

ECHORD Opening Event will be held September 4, 2009, 10 am – 4 pma t the Deutsches Museum, Ehrensaal Munich, Germany

Speakers will include:

• Horst Forster - Director of Directorate E "Digital Content and Cognitive Systems", Directorate-General for "Information Society and Media", European Commission
• Prof. Dr. Roland Siegwart – Autonomous Systems Lab , ETH, Zürich
• Ulf-Göran Norefors - Vice President ABB Automation Technologies, Sweden

Friday, August 28, 2009

Robot for Interactive Body Assistance

Researchers at Japan’s Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) and Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. (TRI) have developed a robot for Interactive Body Assistance (RIBA). The robot is designed primarily to assist nurses by lifting patients in and out of their beds and wheelchairs (as well as on and off the toilet), the 180-kilogram robot can safely pick up and carry people weighing up to 61 kilograms.

Robot Idea Contest

At ICAR 2009 June 2009 in Munich the robotics community at large was invited to an idea contest on affordable robots. 19 robot ideas have been applied including a humanoid robot for traffic control, a robot which feeds the parking meter when you are not there, an autonomous housemaid, a window cleaning robot, a household multipurpose robot.

The complete list with short presentation of the 19 ideas can be found here.

New Health Robotics R&D Center in Japan

A new international health robotics center named VEDA has been established at Munakata-city, Fukuoka Prefecture. It consists of major robotics and medical researchers from Kyushu University, Waseda University, The Systems Biology Institute, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Kyoto University, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany, Scuola Superiore San't Anna, Italy and TmsukCo.,Ltd.Missions of Veda Center are both R&D of the advanced robotics technology and realizing profitable business/industry by its integrated robotics technology.

Chairman of VEDA is Prof. Makoto Hashizume, Professor & Chairman, Department of Advanced Medical Initiatives, Faculty of Medical Sciences and Director, Emergency & Critical Care Center of Kyushu University.

The first product announcement of the VEDA Centre is a universal vehicle named “RODEM”. RODEM” is the new category vehicle of all people to free barrier for aged and disabled people even though it seems a robot or a vehicle or a wheelchair on users’situation.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Care-providing robot FRIEND

Researchers of the AMaRob project will present the latest results regarding the new care-providing robot FRIEND - developed at the Institute of Automation (IAT) at the University of Bremen, Germany- at the REHACARE, an international trade fair and congress for rehabilitation, care, prevention and integration. REHACARE will take place from October 14th until October 17th, 2009 in the exhibition centre of Düsseldorf, Germany.

FRIEND is a care-providing robot built from commercially available, reliable industrial components. FRIEND is a construction set of adapted components.

Available Components: Wheelchair based on Nemo-platform, 7 DOF-lightweight robot arm, mounted on automated pan-unit, Prosthetic hand –“SensorHand Speed”– with force and slip sensor, Force torque sensor, wrist mounted, Intelligent tray for position and weight, measurement, Energy-management, Pan-tilt-unit for stereo camera systems and 3D-cameras, 10”-TFT-touch screen, mounted on
automated pan-unit, Command unit(s) – adapted to the impairment of the user, Chin joystick, Speech control, Eye control, Hand joystick, Brain-computer interface, IR/Wireless environmental control unit, e.g. for control of doors, High-end PC-unit.