Astrobee Free-flying Space Robots

Astrobee Free-flying Space Robots

As NASA's free-flying robotic system and research platform, Astrobee has three cubed-shaped robots, software, and a docking station for recharging that helps astronauts with routine tasks like inventory, recording experiments, and moving cargo around the station. Image Credit: NASA In the video, the astronaut is inside Kibo and sets up these robots for an experiment. As Japan's contribution to the international space station, the Kibo Laboratory Module is used for scientific research. Key points: The robots are propelled by electric fans to allow them to fly freely through the microgravity environment of the space station.Cameras and sensors provide vision and…
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a Robotic Boat from MIT Sea Grant for Flipping over Oyster Bags

a Robotic Boat from MIT Sea Grant for Flipping over Oyster Bags

Researchers from MIT Sea Grant developed a robotic boat to help local oyster farmers do the current manual job of flipping the oyster bags using a robotic boat. The robot identifies the bags through a vision system and then flips them over repeating this on a regular basis. Image credit: MIT Sea Grant Image credit: MIT Sea Grant Image credit: MIT Sea Grant In oyster farms, there are bags filled with oysters that are afloat on water, and because of biofouling that covers the bags over time, they need to be flipped over to decrease the chances of getting dirt…
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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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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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Guardian® XT™ from Sarcos Robotics for Teleoperation of Dangerous Tasks

Guardian® XT™ from Sarcos Robotics for Teleoperation of Dangerous Tasks

Another robot from Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation, Guardian® XT™, is an arm-mounted dexterous mobile robot controlled remotely by a human using a head-mounted display featuring augmented reality. Image credit: Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation The main application is for any delicate task that is difficult to reach and unsafe for human workers, such as teleoperation of tools (for example, welding) and tele-inspections. Key features: the platform can be mounted on any mobile base depending on the applicationboth arms can lift up to 200 lbSenSuit™ wearable controller provides the dexterous control of the arms as well as human-robot interactionDegrees of freedom:…
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Guardian® S from Sarcos Robotics for Inspection and Surveillance

Guardian® S from Sarcos Robotics for Inspection and Surveillance

Guardian® S is another awesome robot from Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation, designed for inspection and surveillance purposes. Image credit: Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation This robot can reliably go through uneven terrain and reach places dangerous for humans to get and can perform visual and sensor-based inspections remotely. From Boiler inspection to Mud Drum inspection and literally, any dangerous place that humans cannot go can be inspected using this robot. Key features: portable: only weighs 17 lbstwo-way, real-time video, voice, and data communicationIoT sensor platformup to 3 miles of battery capacitydustproof and water protectedImportant sensors include:GPSInertial Measurement Unit (IMU)Six…
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