Archive for the ‘Robots’ Category

Simulating Kuka Arm using Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio

星期五, 八月 8th, 2008

Microsoft’s Robotics Developer Studio (MRDS) is very nice platform for building robotics applications. The kuka arm simulation tutorial is a must read for those who are interested in using MRDS to build articulated arm applications. Unfortunately, the code on their site is out-dated since the MRDS has moved from 1.5 to 2.0 release. As a result, the original tutorial files won’t compile any more. It took me almost a day to get the code to migrate to 2.0, I am posting the code here for whoever wishes to give it a try.

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Kuka Arm Simulation

In the News

星期四, 四月 17th, 2008

UBot5 interacting with children

Our work has finally been picked up by the press, there is been a recent surge of articles written about our uBot-5 mobile platform designed eldercare applications, check them out!

UMass press release

Using Wii-mote to teach Humanoid Robot pick things up

星期三, 八月 1st, 2007

A following up experiment with the wii-mote:
In this video the humanoid robot is controlled by the user via a wii-mote. Being in the same context as the robot, the teleoperation process feels very intuitive and natural. After the teaching, the robot can potentially use the training data to sequence its own controllers together to repeat the behavior in a different setting, e.g. a sorting task.

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In NY-Times Article

星期一, 七月 30th, 2007

Our lab and the uBot, are mentioned in a New-York times article regarding state of the art in robotics and AI.


… In collaboration with Rod Grupen, a roboticist at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, she is designing and building four toddler-size robots…… The bare bones of the toddler robots already exist, in the form of a robot designed in Grupen’s lab called uBot-5. A few of these uBots are now being developed for use in assisted-living centers in research designed to see how the robots interact with the frail elderly…..

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Building Robotics Community

星期六, 七月 28th, 2007

The CREATE lab and the Global Connection Project have embarked on a series of public projects to try and understand how significant scaling may be feasible using robotics for technology empowerment and community-building. Several products are described: CMUcam3, a fully programmable, public-domain embedded computer vision system; TeRK, a single-box solution for complete I/O control of robots together with a Linux OS and connectivity to the iRobot Create and other robots; Canary, a new embedded environmental sensor and kinetic art controller; and Gigapan, a multi-billion pixel panoramic image capture, display and annotation system.

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Robotic Insect Takes Off

星期六, 七月 21st, 2007

A robotic bug that can fly around for one day! Step 1 to minority report…..

robot fly

First flight: This tiny robot weighs just 60 milligrams and has a wingspan of three centimeters. It’s the first robot to achieve liftoff that’s modeled on a fly and built on such a small scale.

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Transformer Toy

星期四, 七月 5th, 2007

Optimus Prime Mr. Potato Head
A fine looking toy from Hasbro.

The wacky potato is up to his usual antics, this time disguised as the fearless AUTOBOTS leader! He and his faction of taters are battling the evil DECEPTICONS. Starchy situations call for a quick change – from truck to robot! No ordinary fries, these are POTATOES IN DISGUISE!
Mix and match all the pieces to create all sorts of wacky looks! Potato body comes with mix and match OPTIMASH PRIME and potato parts.

Korean in-home Servant Robot

星期日, 六月 17th, 2007

Korean House Helper Robot

Korea’s KornTech recently announced the arrival of Rogun, a 1-metre tall humanoid robot that walks around on 2 feet and is intended for use as a nanny/security guard. Using built-in camera eyes and some very nifty facial recognition software, Rogun is able to learn to recognise his immediate family and friends.

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Beer pouring robot

星期三, 六月 13th, 2007

In light of beer can tossing robot, here’s another beer-related robot. Personally, I think this is a little less flashy than the beer can tossing robot, but it’s still cool.

Clocky – the run-away robotic alarm clock

星期三, 五月 2nd, 2007

Clocky the run-away alarm clock

The run-away alarm clock is finally available for sale. I read this a couple of years ago as some crazy thing an MIT student designed. It’s just hilarious…

The alarm clock that runs away and hides when you don’t wake up. Clocky gives you one chance to get up. But if you snooze, Clocky will jump off of your nightstand and wheel around your room looking for a place to hide. Clocky is kind of like a misbehaving pet, only he will get up at the right time