Nimble Logistics Robots for Automating Picking, Packing, and Handling

Nimble Logistics Robots for Automating Picking, Packing, and Handling

Nimble® from Nimble Robotics are intelligent fulfillment and logistics robots that can automate picking, packing, and handling through artificial intelligence (AI), employed by well-known brands like Best Buy, Puma, and Victoria's Secret, among others. Image credit: Nimble Robotics Image credit: Nimble Robotics Key points: different kinds of grippers are used for different objectsthe AI learns the suitability of each gripper for a specific object and automatically switches the gripper for proper picking and packingfast and easy integration based on customer feedbackusing more robots means more data collection, and more data means higher capability and reliabilityNimble Robotics raised $50 million investment…
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Thymio: an Open-source Educational Robot for Better STEAM Experience

Thymio: an Open-source Educational Robot for Better STEAM Experience

Thymio is the name of a small open-source educational desktop robot that allows people to explore and learn the world of robotics. The user can program and conduct diverse experiments with the robot. Image Credit: Thymio This robot can show six embedded behaviors that allow it to interact with its environment. These six behaviors are friendly, explorer, fearful, attentive, investigator, and obedient. See the link HERE for more information. However, the user has the option (Thymio Suite) to program their own behavior through one of the available programming languages. This robot is designed by researchers from the EPFL, in collaboration…
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Robotic Simulator: UI Design/Programming in Unity (12/27)

Robotic Simulator: UI Design/Programming in Unity (12/27)

In the previous lesson, we learned to simulate the car's automatic movement system between several points. Now we are going to learn how to build a graphical user interface or the same UI in the Unity engine. Use them to design the main menu for your emulator and save it as a separate scene. The corresponding lessons on building a robotic simulator in the Unity engine can be found at the link below (note that more lessons will be added gradually): https://www.mecharithm.com/category/a-robotic-simulator-on-unity/ Important: Robotic Simulator's Source Code and Sample Output: The source code for the entire tutorials (from 1 to…
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Motion Test for the Mesmer Robot Head Ardan

Motion Test for the Mesmer Robot Head Ardan

Mesmer Robots is a series of realistic humanoid robots developed by Engineered Arts, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of humanoid entertainment robots, that are powerful, elegant, and cost-effective. Image credit: Engineered Arts The short video below shows a motion test for the Mesmer Robot Head, Adran. The head and the neck feature 22 servo actuators specially designed for their motion. Of these 22 actuators, five are around the mouth, which is not enough for speaking. Key points: Software is EA's Tritium framework running on x86 Intel® NUC, which allows intuitive programming and remote control of Mesmer.USB interfaceEye cameras and…
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Automating the Thinning of Peach Orchards

Automating the Thinning of Peach Orchards

Researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), led by Ai-Ping Hu, have developed an autonomous robot that can perform thinning of peach trees to produce bigger, sweeter, and healthier peaches. Image credit: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and Ai-Ping Hu Key features: LIDAR sensing system along with GPS is used for obstacle avoidance and navigation of the robot through the peach orcharda 3D camera is used to identify the peachlets that should be removedthe end-effector is a claw-like device suitable for pickingAI and deep learning methods can be utilized to enhance robot's image classification capabilities Image credit: Georgia Tech Research…
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Robotic Simulator: AI in Unity for Auto Movement [Beginner] (11/27)

Robotic Simulator: AI in Unity for Auto Movement [Beginner] (11/27)

In the previous lesson, we learned how to simulate a simple moving car. In this lesson, we are going to simulate a more advanced function, such as the automatic movement of the car between several points. The corresponding lessons on building a robotic simulator in the Unity engine can be found at the link below (note that more lessons will be added gradually): https://www.mecharithm.com/category/a-robotic-simulator-on-unity/ Important: Robotic Simulator's Source Code and Sample Output: The source code for the entire tutorials (from 1 to 27) can be downloaded HERE! And a test output for Windows can be downloaded HERE! You can easily…
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Ascento Pro: An Autonomous Mobile Robot

Ascento Pro: An Autonomous Mobile Robot

Ascento Pro from Ascento Robotics is an autonomous mobile robot that is modular and self-balancing with possible applications in Inspection and Surveillance, Transport and Delivery, and Research, to name a few. Image credit: Ascento Robotics Key features: can climb stairsdrive at up to 12km/h8h drive per battery chargethe versatility of legs is combined with the speed of wheelscan move on flat and rough terrainon the spot turning and obstacle avoidancecustom sensors can easily be added to its modular design Watch a short video of this below: More information: https://www.ascento.ch/ Mecharithm links: https://www.mecharithm.com/https://www.instagram.com/mecharithm/https://www.mecharithm.com/youtube Thanks for reading this post. You can access…
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Robotic Simulator: C# Scripting in Unity [Beginner] (10/27)

Robotic Simulator: C# Scripting in Unity [Beginner] (10/27)

In the previous lesson, we learned about inheritance between objects and how to create and use prefixes in Unity. In this lesson, we are going to use and implement a simple moving car that can move forward, backward, left, and right and uses different cameras. The corresponding lessons on building a robotic simulator in the Unity engine can be found at the link below (note that more lessons will be added gradually): https://www.mecharithm.com/category/a-robotic-simulator-on-unity/ Important: Robotic Simulator's Source Code and Sample Output: The source code for the entire tutorials (from 1 to 27) can be downloaded HERE! And a test output…
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YOLO, a Social Robot to Foster Children’s Creativity

YOLO, a Social Robot to Foster Children’s Creativity

YOLO, Your Own Living Object, is a Social Robot co-designed by children with the purpose of increasing their creativity through effective human-robot interaction. Image credit: Patrícia Alves-Oliveira This robot can act as a character during the storytelling procedure fostering creative storylines that cannot arise otherwise. Watch a short video of this below: Key features: features a child-proof designcan sense the kid's touch and allows the kid to take complete controluses two techniques to stimulate creativity:contrast technique stimulates divergent thinking: YOLO gives opposite ideasmirror technique stimulates convergent thinking: YOLO elaborates on the same ideaprimary sensors used:touch sensorsmotion detection sensorssupervised machine learning…
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Robotic Simulator: Inheritance in Objects (Prefab) (9/27)

Robotic Simulator: Inheritance in Objects (Prefab) (9/27)

In the previous lesson, we were introduced to the basics and general concepts of Unity programming. In this lesson, we want to get acquainted with inheritance between objects and how to create it and a concept called prefab and learn its applications in scenario building for our simulator. The corresponding lessons on building a robotic simulator in the Unity engine can be found at the link below (note that more lessons will be added gradually): https://www.mecharithm.com/category/learning-robotics-mechatronics/a-robotic-simulator-on-unity/ Important: Robotic Simulator's Source Code and Sample Output: The source code for the entire tutorials (from 1 to 27) can be downloaded HERE! And…
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