Eilik: a Tiny Interactive Desktop Robot Capable of Emotions

Eilik: a Tiny Interactive Desktop Robot Capable of Emotions

Eilik is a tiny interactive desktop robot that can show emotion and personality and make a great companion. This robot takes the human-robot interaction to the next level by showing emotions and reactions. It can be normal, happy, angry, and sad. Image Credit: Click HERE! Not only it shows emotions, but it also responds to touch thanks to its touch sensors in different areas. Its personality also evolves with the person, and it can be happier or grumpier based on how the person treats it. Watch this cute robot in action on the video below: More information: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/energize-lab/eilik-a-little-companion-bot-with-endless-funhttps://robotstart.info/2021/11/25/desktop-robot-eilik-kickstarter.html Mecharithm links:…
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First Student-Led Lunar Rover: Iris Rover

First Student-Led Lunar Rover: Iris Rover

Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute has developed the first student-led lunar rover, the Iris Rover, ready to start its journey to the Moon next year. Image credit: Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute The rover secured to the decks of Astrobotic's Peregrine Lunar Lander is said to be the smallest and lightest rover ever made to land on the Moon to collect data from the Moon's terrain and its rock formations. More than 200 CMU students worked on this over in the span of 3 years, and it is now close to its success. Watch the preparation of this space robot…
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Robotic Simulator: Adding 2D/3D Objects into the Project (5/27)

Robotic Simulator: Adding 2D/3D Objects into the Project (5/27)

In the previous lesson, we learned how to make the robotic simulator environment suitable for all types of lighting on the Unity engine. In this lesson, we will learn how to import a variety of 3D models from various sources such as the Unity store and popular sites such as SketchUp into the Unity engine. 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…
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A Humanoid Service Robot (Moxi) to Help Medical Staff

A Humanoid Service Robot (Moxi) to Help Medical Staff

Diligent Robotics developed a humanoid robot, Moxi, to help the clinical staff speed up routine tasks. For example, Cedars-Sinai has deployed two of these robots in their medical center. Image credit: Cedars Sinai and Diligent Robotics Key features of the robot: the end-effector at the end of the robotic arm is designed for easy manipulation of doors and elevatorsFeaturing Artificial Intelligence (AI) that helps the #robot to learn tasks in a new hospital quicklyin terms of human-robot interaction, it has a welcoming and friendly face that is readily accepted by doctors and nursesembedded computing and cloud-based softwarehuman-guided learning: the more…
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A Wheeled-Quadruped Robot for Logistics and Delivery Applications

A Wheeled-Quadruped Robot for Logistics and Delivery Applications

A team of six people from the Robotic Systems Lab of ETH Zurich developed Swiss-Mile, a wheeled-quadruped robot for autonomous delivery and logistics. image credit: the Robotic Systems Lab of ETH Zurich and Swiss-Mile The AI-powered quadruped can act like a car, a legged robot, and a humanoid robot, all in one robot for applications in delivery and logistics. Watch the robot in action in the following video: Key features: locomotion skills are performed using reinforcement learningdriving speed of up to 6.2 m/s (22.32 km/h or 13.87 miles/h)can stand up on two legs More information: https://rsl.ethz.ch/https://www.swiss-mile.com/ Mecharithm links:linktr.ee/mecharithm Thanks for…
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Robotic Simulator: Lighting (4/27)

Robotic Simulator: Lighting (4/27)

In the previous lesson, we learned how to create land, design natural features, paint and insert plants and trees into our scene. In this lesson, we will learn how to illuminate our simulator environment using different types of lights available on the Unity engine. We will understand how to create shadows, change colors, and different kinds of spot and collective light. The corresponding lessons on building a robotic simulator in 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…
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Robotic Simulator: Creating a New Scene with Terrain Design (3/27)

Robotic Simulator: Creating a New Scene with Terrain Design (3/27)

In the previous lesson, we learned how to download and install the Unity engine and its modules. In this lesson, we will learn how to build, and design natural features such as mountains, hills, and rivers, paint and insert trees and plants on the ground for our simulator. A view of designing a terrain for the robotic simulator on Unity. The corresponding lessons on building a robotic simulator in 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…
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A Protective System for Winged Drones Inspired by Beetles

A Protective System for Winged Drones Inspired by Beetles

Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LIS) at EPFL, directed by Prof. Dario Floreano, proposed a protective system for winged drones inspired by beetles to help these aerial vehicles protect their delicate structures. Image Credit: Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LIS) This protective system consists of an added set of retractable wings like the ones found in beetles to encase the main folding wings when protection is required. Watch the robot in action in the following video: Read the full paper here:https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9591382 More information:https://www.epfl.ch/labs/lis/ Mecharithm links:linktr.ee/mecharithm Thanks for reading this post. You can access more categorized news on Robotics and Mechatronics at the…
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A Bi-Rotor Drone from Cleo Robotics for Challenging Environments

A Bi-Rotor Drone from Cleo Robotics for Challenging Environments

Dronut® X1 from the Boston-based startup Cleo Robotics is a bi-rotor drone designed especially for environments where GPS fails to work. Image Credit: Cleo Robotics The main application of this drone is operating in difficult environments where the existing drones have challenges to operate in. Key features: bi-rotor instead of four!high maneuverabilitycan live stream high-definition videocan collect LiDAR data in ultra confined spaces and challenging environmentscan fly safely near people and around sensitive equipmentlittle to no training is needed due to its autonomy suiteit can operate at the max speed of 4 m/s12 mins of flight time40 mins of battery timeSensors…
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Robotic Simulator: Installing the Unity Engine and Making a New Project (2/27)

Robotic Simulator: Installing the Unity Engine and Making a New Project (2/27)

In the previous lesson, we saw an overview of the Developing a Robotic Simulator in Unity Engine course and became familiar with the content of the entire course. In this lesson, we will learn how to download the latest version of the Unity engine with the required modules. After installing the Unity engine, creating the project, and setting up its settings, we will start building the robot simulator from the next lesson that will be published on Tuesday at 12 pm CST. The corresponding lessons on building a robotic simulator in Unity engine can be found at the link below…
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