The “promise” that robots would eventually be capable of playing soccer at the same level as their human counterparts has seemed almost like a pipe-dream. Humanoid robot performance has improved over the years, no question. But most of them have either been extremely expensive, or required a lot of support infrastructure, and their autonomous operation appeared quite hesitant and questionable. That's all about to change.
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Our human bodies come designed with around 108 degrees of freedom allowing us to move very flexibly. Unfortunately, because of cost, packaging, and complexity issues, the most common humanoid robots on the market today only have 16 to 24 degrees of freedom. That makes it more of a challenge when we want to have our robot execute some simple moves, like turning.
The humanoid's legs can't twist or turn organically. In fact it's often difficult for novice robot builders to get their robot to turn at all. What's the secret?
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UncleBob, a.k.a. robertlam18 from Hong Kong, explains the super modifications and special motions he made to his Bioloid robot in preparation for the 2010 Korean robot competition:
The new Bioloid Premium Humanoid robot kit is just coming on the market. It’s been a long, but well worth it, wait. The performance of the robot looks outstanding, and finally we’re seeing robots with real style and design features from Robotis
One of the things that has us really turned on about the Premium Robot Kit is its new controller with 6 external, general purpose input/output ports and ADC support. That feature should make using analog sensors are really pleasure.
This time of year we always get lots of requests for gift recommendations, especially from parents or grandparents who want to encourage the younger robot fans in their lives to pursue their passion in a positive, educational direction.
One of the robot products that is specifically designed to fill that need is the OLLO robot system developed by Robotis in Korea. From the very beginning the system was developed with kids in mind, and the company has even developed sample curriculum for teachers, coaches, and parents, laying out week by week lessons with well thought out goals and learnings.
We'll be posted a detailed review of the OLLO system within the next two weeks.