Check out my June-July 2013 IndieGogo campaign -- help the GENI Lab make me, Adam Z1, the world's smartest robot! See http://www.geni-lab.com/help/
(Images through the prime sense linked below.) Here is a quick test of the collision detection using a Xtion Pro Live (Prime Sense) with a Raspberry Pi as the brain. To note the Rpi is overclocked to 1000Mhz. (You will notice a slight click in the middle of me turning on the collision interrupt call. I forgot I turned it off in the beginning since it was so close to the camera. I realized it after it wasn't responding to the cone in front of it.) Collision is only detected in the middle of it's vision. This is due to the legs sometimes crossing over into it's field of vision during full body rotations. I have also integrated the three vision options into a "heads up display" using OpenNI and OpenCV. (See links below.) Speech is handled via a espeak library my friend Kurt created. The gait algorithm is a complete rewrite in order to give as much stability to the camera. (Plus I just wanted to see if I could do it...) The USB hub is a de-cased powered 4 port which gets it power from a BEC that takes the 3-cell lipo (11 volt) and drops it down to 5.1 volts which in turn powers the Raspberry Pi, Xtion and the amplified speaker. All code is done in c++. Special thanks to Kurt Eckhardt for creating libraries for XBee communication and the espeak library. Communication to the servos is done with a USB2AX micro controller created by Nicolas Saugnier. I've linked a couple of images of the HUD and the three viewing options. Heads up Display (viewed via VNC into the Raspberry Pi) http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/gallery/files/8/6/6/6/charlottehud.jpg Vision options for Heads up Display http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/gallery/files/8/6/6/6/sensors.jpg Shot of Raspberry Pi mounted inside the hex. http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/gallery/files/8/6/6/6/lefthex.jpg Still shot of Charlotte http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/gallery/files/8/6/6/6/front.jpg A work in progress web site for this project http://www.charlotte-robot.com Trossen Robotics sells the body as a kit and comes with a great arduino based controller. It makes a great platform for development on other hardware like a raspberry pi or even a Beagle Board Black. http://www.trossenrobotics.com/
By Kevin Ochs
High speed dynamic target tracking camera system keeps its eye on the ball (http://www.diginfo.tv/v/13-0049-r-en.php) 13/6/2013 SSII2013 The University of Tokyo Stationary Observation System for High-speed Flying Objects DigInfo TV - http://www.diginfo.tv 1ms Auto Pan-Tilt for perfect recentering - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q_lcFZOgVo
Boeing's unmanned aircraft, Phantom Eye, completed its first take off and landing June 1. The autonomous aircraft, with its 150-foot wingspan and powered by energy-efficient liquid hydrogen, lifted off its launch cart and climbed to an altitude of 4,080 feet into the desert sky above Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
A 3-d printed 2-stage axial turbine powered by a standard vacuum cleaner. It spins at 60,000 rpm, sounds like a 747 taking off, and sucks up its own dust! A production version could be a very useful tool. See http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:76369
By Richard Macfarlane
A space alien by @sitapata with a very simple yet effective turning mechanism.
By Angelica Lim
THis robot deer is designed to help stop poaching
Hardware review of Bioloid Expansion Kit + some design notes for a Walking Droid with extra NIR sensors for the toes areas.
I made this video for people interested in making applications for NAO. It's just a recording of a small set of animations available to developers (AnimationsLibrary.cbl in the "Stand/Waiting" folder). Perhaps these little clips can spur some storylines or ideas for interactions with the robot. Good luck! PS. If anyone has the time to split these into smaller clips, let me know and I'll send you the original video. Let's make this easy to browse! Animations by Valentin. http://community.aldebaran-robotics.com
By Angelica Lim
2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation Karlsruhe, Germany, May 6 - 10, 2013