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.
Michael Overstreet, publisher of the “I, Bioloid” website and an avid humanoid robot builder, is reporting live from the 2010 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robotics in Nashville. So far, he's uploaded lots of DARwin-OP robot unveiling photos and an initial video clip. I'm sure we'll see and hear more as the conference progresses.
In our previous post about the Robotis Bioloid GP Robot we said that you would have to wait a while for the video clips. But, we just couldn't wait. Here's the latest humanoid robot direct from Korea:
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.
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.
With the clock ticking, and less than 72 hours left before they have to get on their plane to Korea, Andrew and Matt decided to tear down one of their humanoids, change their strategy, build a new lightweight design, and create all the motions.
It might seem a little bit crazy, especially to those of us who are used to spending a week or more just creating a simple walking sequence, but for this gang of mad roboticists at Trossen Robotics, it's all par for the course. Once they hit the ground in Korea they'll be facing what has to be some of the toughest humanoid robot competitors in the world. And, it appears that this time they are likely to be the only team representing the skill, power, and winning spirit that the US is known for worldwide.
They even managed to take a few minutes out of their extremely hectic schedule and created this behind-the-scenes video to let all of their fans get a glimpse of what it's all about:
The time pressure in Chicago must be unbelievable right now for Andrew and the Trossen Robotics team. Not only are they actively participating in the robot portion of the iHobby show taking place this weekend, they are they're one of the key supporters and competitors in the Chibots competition, and -- get this -- in less than 30 hours they have to pack everything up, get on a plane, travel to the other side of the world, deal with the jet lag, set up their robots, and be ready to go head to head against the best Korean humanoid robot builders the world has ever seen.