In Part 1 of our interview series with Andrew Alter with Trossen Robotics (http://www.trossenrobotics.com) he explains how he initially became involved with Intel's Jimmy - 21st Century Robot Project, how the design evolved, and how 3D printing fast tracked the robot's development cycle.
Stay tuned for Part 2.
Intel wants to remove a lot of the barriers to entry in robotics so that more people can get involved, and hopefully contribute their ideas, know-how, and skills to rapidly evolving the technology. And, of course they hope that will also result in lots of new robots incorporating Intel semiconductors and other products.
One of their big initiatives is "The 21st Century Robot Project" that will make available robot kits featuring completely Open-Source humanoid robots with advanced functionality. This will allow developers to focus on their application and particular area of interest without getting hung up trying to make the robot walk.
In this initial video, Jimmy - the first 21st Century Robot humanoid to debut, demonstrates some of his skills and capabilities.
I’ll be posting additional information and videos on Jimmy’s development, specifications, the two other smaller Jimmy versions, and future plans.
Video footage courtesy of Andrew Alter (Trossen Robotics - http://www.trossenrobotics.com).
Dates for the 35th Annual All Japan Micromouse Robot Contest were announced by the Japanese New Technology Foundation. The contest, which includes Micromouse Half-size, Micromouse Classic, and Robotrace categories, will be held November 21st-23rd, 2014 at the Atsugi Campus of Tokyo Polytechnic University.
Contest entries will be accepted from September 1st-30th. Admission to view the contest is open to the public with no admission charge.
The Tokyo MakerCamp, organised by Tokyo Hackerspace and MONO, was a big success with over 100 registered participants. The basic agenda was free form following the BarCamp model, with participants dynamically proposing topics they wanted to discuss.
MONO has particularly good luck using NITTO double sided tape to secure prints when 3D printing.
Two of the most interesting, and most affordable, humanoid robots that have come on the scene recently are the Darwin MINI (Robotis) and RAPIRO. Both of the new robots have strong/cute personalities and are open-source designs encouraging users to engage, experiment, and learn by doing. They’re extremely user friendly.
Yoshihiro Shibata, a top Japanese humanoid robot designer currently working with Sugiura Machine Design Office, was kind enough to share these side-by-side photos comparing Darwin Mini and Rapiro-