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Saturday, February 02, 2013

The world´s first badminton robot

The first ever badminton playing robot has been created by researchers from the ESToMad project. The EU-funded project coordinated by Flanders' Mechatronics Technology Centre vzw (FMTC) started 2010 with the goal to develop a methodology and related ICT tools to model, simulate, analyze and optimize energy flows and losses throughout production machines (e.g. machine tools, agricultural machines, textile machines). The badminton robot, a high dynamic motion system, is one of several technology  demonstrators, being modeled and analyzed with respect to energy consumption to identify the main sources of energy loss and find ways of reduce losses. A visual system with two high-definition black and white cameras is used to localize the fast moving shuttle. The robot itself consists of one linear motor and two rotational motors. The robot was designed in 2009 following a standard engineering approach, that is, without taking into account energy consumption considerations. The energetic behavior of the linear motion has been modeled in Matlab/Simulink and AMESim and the model parameters were obtained from suppliers or experimentally identified on the robot.
For more information about the project, please visit the project website

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