Robot Grasping in a Heavily Cluttered Environment

Robot Grasping in a Heavily Cluttered Environment

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) student Dongwon Son has recently published interesting research about reactive grasping in a heavily cluttered environment in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. Reactive robot grasping in a Heavily cluttered environment. Courtesy of Samsung Research and Dongwon Son. This study proposed a closed-loop framework for predicting the six-degree-of-freedom (dof) grasp in a heavily cluttered environment using vision observations. prediction results in robot grasping. Courtesy of Samsung Research and Dongwon Son. Experimental results on a robot in an environment with a lot of clutter showed that the grasping success rate had improved quantitatively compared…
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Vector Home Robot

Vector Home Robot

Vector from Digital Dream Labs (DDL) is a home robot that can tell you the weather, time your dinner, take photos, react to your touch, or even carry you to bed. Actually, not really. The last part was a joke. Vector home robot Through different embedded sensors, Vector explores and interacts with its environment, recognizes objects, and avoids obstacles. Thanks to the Vision Intelligence 200 Platform's powerful image processing and machine learning, the Vector can navigate autonomously and detect objects and sounds. There are also touch sensors, four microphones arranged in an array to detect sounds and recognize natural speech,…
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Robot Mimics Human Expressions

Robot Mimics Human Expressions

Up to now, you've probably seen Ameca from Engineered Arts, a humanoid robot that looks too human and can interact and react like a human using a human-like artificial body (AB) along with a human-like artificial intelligence (AI). The Ameca robot from Engineered Arts can mimic human expressions and emotions. Engineered Arts released a new video this week that showcases Ameca's ability to mimic human expressions. An iPhone 12 with AR Kit is used for facial motion capture and the action is mapped to Ameca's face in real-time. I promise this isn't a sci-fi movie, this is a real robot…
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Petoi Pet Robot Dog and Pet Robot Cat Educational Robots

Petoi Pet Robot Dog and Pet Robot Cat Educational Robots

Petoi, a company that specializes in developing tomorrow's pet robots, has developed two quadruped robots, a pet robot dog named Bittle and a pet robot cat named Nybble, for stem robotics and educational applications.  Pet Robot Dog Bittle, and Pet Robot Cat Nybble. Image credit: Petoi Bittle is an open-source bionic robot pet dog used for learning and play, able to climb up to the ceiling and walk upside down because of its light body. Adding a customized Arduino board can help the robot pet coordinate difficult movements, and adding different sensors will make it capable of perception. It is…
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ANYmal Quadruped Robot Climbing Stairs

ANYmal Quadruped Robot Climbing Stairs

Researchers at the Robotics Systems Lab at ETH Zürich, who are working on legged robots, tested perception-based motion planning for the ANYmal quadruped robot to navigate terrain and stairs. This video was recorded a few years ago, but it's intriguing to see how what we consider normal now was 20x speed then.  ANYmal quadruped robot climbing stairs. Image credit: Robotics Systems Lab at ETH Zürich Perception-based motion planning for ANYmal quadruped robot. The experiment in the video shows an ANYmal quadruped robot climbing stairs fully autonomously on a rainy day.  ANYmal quadruped robot navigating stairs on a rainy day. Image…
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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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