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Modular Self-Reconfigurable Robots

Modular Self-Reconfigurable Robots

Researchers at MIT's CSAIL HCI Engineering Group have developed modular cube-based self-reconfigurable robots named ElectroVoxel that use electromagnet-powered actuation embedded into each cube's edge to reconfigure in three dimensions via pivoting. Self-reconfiguring modular robots on an air table. Image credit: MIT's CSAIL HCI Engineering Group In the experiment, they used three-dimensional self-reconfigurable robots and showed 2D and 3D self-reconfiguration using pivot and traversal maneuvers on an air table and in microgravity on a parabolic flight. Self-reconfigurable cube robots in microgravity. Image credit: MIT's CSAIL HCI Engineering Group Self-reconfigurable cube robots in microgravity. Image credit: MIT's CSAIL HCI Engineering Group The…
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Collaborative Mobile Robots

Collaborative Mobile Robots

Northwestern University's Center for Robotics and Biosystems has developed collaborative robots for human-robot collaboration.  Mobile Cobots. Image credit: Northwestern University's Center for Robotics and Biosystems In the experiment, three Omnid mobile collaborative robots (mobile cobots) are carrying a large pipe, and they float the pipe so that it has six degrees of freedom (three for positions: x, y, and z movements, and three for orientations: roll, pitch, and yaw rotations) and can easily be controlled by a human operator. Delta robots are three dofs series-elastic manipulators and mobile bases feature three-dof mecanum omnidirectional wheels.  Image credit: Northwestern University's Center for Robotics…
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GITAI’s Lunar Robotic Rover R1 in a Simulated Environment

GITAI’s Lunar Robotic Rover R1 in a Simulated Environment

GITAI has developed a lunar robotic rover called R1 used for moon exploration, mining, inspection, and sampling. Several testing tasks and operations have been successfully completed by the rover in a simulated environment.  GITAI's Lunar Rover. Image credit: GITAI The robotic rover has successfully completed different tests on a mock environment, including testing its locomotion and obstacle avoidance abilities, as well as building solar panels and taking samples. The lunar rover is building a solar panel. Image credit: GITAI The lunar rover is taking samples. Image credit: GITAI Thanks to its omni-directional wheels, the robotic lunar rover could move over…
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Soft Robotics Gripper for Meat Handling

Soft Robotics Gripper for Meat Handling

Soft Robotics Inc designed a soft robotics gripper that is the ultimate solution for robotic food automation.  mGrip is a soft robotics gripper that can be used for robotic food automation. Image credit: Soft Robotics Inc Using an IP69K-rated material, the soft robotics gripper, the mGrip can automate the food production process.  mGrip can be attached to any robot type and can virtually pick up any food item. Image credit: Soft Robotics Inc These soft robotics grippers can be mounted on virtually all types of robots and can pick up virtually any food item.  Watch a short video of their…
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Clock Assembly Automation with Robot Arms

Clock Assembly Automation with Robot Arms

The ABB robot SWIFTI is collaborating with the IRB1300 along with a human worker for clock assembly automation. In a video from ABB, robot arms are used to assemble a clock in conjunction with an operator, demonstrating how humans and machines can interact for robotic process automation.  Two robots are collaborating with each other for clock assembly automation. Image credit: ABB SWIFTI incorporates a safety laser scanner that creates a safety zone when humans approach it and stop working. Assembling the clocks involves IRB1300 fixing screws, while SWIFTI completes work started by a human worker.  SWIFTI's Clock Assembly. Image credit: ABB…
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Toyota Autonomous Drifting Car

Toyota Autonomous Drifting Car

Toyota Research Institute is developing autonomous drifting cars that guarantee active safety in extreme situations to prevent crashes, giving a normal driver the skills of a professional driver when faced with a dangerous situation while driving. The research team is developing algorithms that will allow the vehicle to cope with difficult situations like crashes autonomously. Autonomous Drifting Car. Image credit: Toyota Research Institute Expert drivers can drift a car safely through a turn on slippery roads, and the autonomous drift car from Toyota is equipped with this capability to detect obstacles and autonomously maneuver around them.  The control system uses…
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Complex In-Hand Manipulation

Complex In-Hand Manipulation

Researchers at the Yale GRAB Lab developed a method for complex in-hand manipulation for robots. Image credit: the Yale GRAB Lab An article titled "Complex In-Hand Manipulation via Compliance-Enabled Finger Gaiting and Multi-Modal Planning" is published from this research and the abstract is as follows: "Constraining contacts to remain fixed on an object during manipulation limits the potential workspace size, as motion is subject to the hand's kinematic topology. Finger gaiting is one way to alleviate such restraints. It allows contacts to be freely broken and remade so as to operate on different manipulation manifolds. This capability, however, has traditionally…
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KUKA Robots DJ Show

KUKA Robots DJ Show

KUKA robots have been used in many show industries, from the film industry to stage and event technology to music shows, to create different effects that captivate audiences. They recently performed a robot DJ show that captivated every music lover who witnessed this fast-paced staged show. Robot DJ Show. Image credit: KUKA Six degrees of freedom (dofs) guarantee realistic motion sequences, allowing KUKA's partners to utilize these robots and create action shows to captivate and entertain audiences.  Please refer to the comprehensive lesson below if you would like to learn more about degrees of freedom for robots: https://www.mecharithm.com/degrees-of-freedom-of-a-robot/ In these…
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Robot Musicians

Robot Musicians

The Robotic Musicianship group at Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology is working on several robot musicians projects that will enable real-time musical collaboration between humans and robots to create new and fascinating music that combines the unique abilities of both humans and robots. The music-playing robot, Guitar Bot, can help you play guitar with ease and manipulate the strings like a virtuoso. The Guitar Bot. Image credit: The Robotic Musicianship group. In one of their projects, FOREST, they aim to enhance human-robot interaction through the use of non-verbal emotional communication channels like sound and gesture. The emotion-carrying sounds accompanying…
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VR Robotics Simulator: How to Install Oculus SDK

VR Robotics Simulator: How to Install Oculus SDK

In this lesson of the series of lessons to design a VR robotics simulator, we will learn how to install Oculus integration SDK in Unity and check out the settings for the Unity editor to prepare it for making a VR simulation for the Oculus VR headset. Please check out the introduction lesson below if you missed it to get a better sense of what these lessons are all about: https://www.mecharithm.com/vr-robotics-simulator-introduction-to-the-course/ The contents of the entire course on developing a VR Robotics Simulator are as follows: Introduction to the Course (1/15)Install VR SDK (2/15)Simple VR Scene (3/15)Grab Objects with a…
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