DARwin-OP Robot Is Open Source and Open Can (video)

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I've asked robot builders from all over the world about their ultimate purpose in building a robot. German builders often respond saying they want to improve performance, to design a robot that is better, faster, more reliable, or more precise than others. Japanese builders, especially those involved with humanoids, typically say "I want to build a real Gundam." And, Americans jokingly say they want to design a robot that will "Bring me a beer."

As Andrew Alter at Trossen Robotics found out, there's a problem with that. What if your robot has a serious drinking problem? You better make sure that he can't figure out how to open the can...

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DARwin-OP Robot Is Open Source and Open Can (video)

darwin-op robot drinking problem

I've asked robot builders from all over the world about their ultimate purpose in building a robot. German builders often respond saying they want to improve performance, to design a robot that is better, faster, more reliable, or more precise than others. Japanese builders, especially those involved with humanoids, typically say "I want to build a real Gundam." And, Americans jokingly say they want to design a robot that will "Bring me a beer."

As Andrew Alter at Trossen Robotics found out, there's a problem with that. What if your robot has a serious drinking problem? You better make sure that he can't figure out how to open the can...

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Who's the Fastest Robot? (Video)

Ever wonder what the fastest robot might be? Can an i-SOBOT outrun a Robonova? Does a MANOI have the heels of Mercury? Can a Robo-Reptile out-sprint a Bioloid? What's your best guess? Who would you put your money on?

We won't spoil all the fun by revealing the robots name, or the competition here. You're going to have to watch the race in its hilarious entirety, including all the grins, giggles, energy and totally robotic chaos to enjoy it for yourself:

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Robot Race Coming up on the Gadget Show – UK Channel5

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The humanoid robot gang over Robosavvy was recruited to play a key role in an upcoming episode of the popular UK Channel 5 Gadget Show with Jason Bradbury.

Without disclosing any spoilers, the episode looks like it will be a tremendous amount of fun including a robot race featuring about 40 different robots as well as a Robotis Bioloid GP getting up close and personal with Suzi the most attractive and sexy host on the program.

No word on when the episode will hit the airwaves, though it will probably be broadcast fairly soon. The program isn't carried by any of the networks or cable channels over here, so we'll have to depend on the kindness of readers in the UK to share their observations and reports.

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DARwin-OP Humanoid Robot Demonstrations (Video)

Michael Overstreet uploaded the first videos of the formal DARwin-OP humanoid robot demonstrations taking place at the 2010 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robotics in Nashville today.

The first demonstration features the robots advanced vision recognition systems:

And, the second demonstration shows off the robots mobility, object recognition/tracking, and other skills critical for competitions like RoboCup:

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Open Platform Humanoid Robot DARwin-OP Debuts (Video)

The DARwin-OP open-source humanoid robot platform has created a lot of buzz recently with detailed images of the bot being “discovered” and tremendous interest on robot and technology websites. Everyone's been excitedly waiting to see DARwin-OP in action.

On Monday, at 2010 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robotics in Nashville, the covers were officially pulled off the robot. From the initial reports, the robot certainly appears to be everything builders have expected, and even more. “This Bot Is Hot!”

Check out these two initial videos posted by Norri Kageki of GetRobo:

DARwin-OP is actually tracking the ball in real time. Notice how quickly he picks up on the ball location and adjusts his movements. This wasn't shot in a controlled environment, it was just in the conference hall under available light conditions, which makes it even more impressive. Typically vision systems like this have difficulty with lighting, and the processing software can have noticeable time lags and hesitation. Yet this implementation is surprisingly smooth.

Again, impressive performance by the robot. It's ability to quickly recover from a fall, right itself, and get back into play is very advanced. Still, I'm a little put off by the human kicking the robot with his foot... Perhaps that's a cultural issue.

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MAKE Tokyo 06 – First Encounter with the Robotis Bioloid GP Robot

Thanks to the kindness of Tomio Sugiura at the MAKE Tokyo 06 event today, we had our first opportunity to see, hold, and play with the new Robotis Bioloid GP humanoid robot design. All we can say is that the robot is incredibly sweet and will run rings around it's competition.

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Videos and close-up photos will be posted soon, but it's already 2:00 am here, and I have to head out to Tsukuba in the morning for the 31st All Japan Micromouse robot competition. So, the GP photos/videos will probably have to wait at least 24 hours. :P

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