Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

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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Surface Computing

星期五, 七月 20th, 2007

The idea has been around for quite a while, but looks like Microsoft is into the game and let’s see if they can do something more with it. The demos are definitely looking pretty impressive. Check out both the pro and cons. :)

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YouTube link to: Pros
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YouTube link to: Cons

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.

Robot shopping carts follow you around

星期一, 四月 23rd, 2007

A shopping cart that follows you around, built by University of Florida student


Segway using Lego MindStorm NXT

星期五, 三月 16th, 2007

Some guy in Japan (Roy Watanabe) created a segway like robot using the Lego MindStorm NXT kit. Looks pretty cool. It’s pretty neat you can do that with the NXT processor. See it on youtube:

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YouTube link to: Segway using lego mindstorm NXT

Wii-mote Driving Simulated Mobile Robot

星期四, 一月 25th, 2007

WiiMoteMy first attempt at programming with the wii-mote . It seems to be a perfect device for creating natural gesture interfaces for controlling robots, especially arm and hand movements.

This is a test on a simulated robot. Next step is to control a real bi-manual humanoid robot (Dexter) and a self-balancing mobile manipulator robot (uBot). Stay tuned!

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YouTube link to: Wii-mote Driving a Simulated Robot

Skating Robot Plen

星期三, 一月 24th, 2007

Skating Robot
Amazing balancing ability. In the video where the robot accidentally falls and was able to get back up is also impressive too.


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YouTube link to: Japanese Skating Robot Plen
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YouTube link to: Plen on Skate-board

Honda ASIMO (Video Updates)

星期六, 一月 20th, 2007

Japanese car manufacturer Honda’s ASIMO is certainly one of the most advanced bipedal humanoid robot in the world. Designed to work in human environments, it has demonstrated many maneuvering capabilities that are unprecedented in other robots: walking, side-stepping, running, up and down stairs etc..

Design & Concepts

Honda engineers created ASIMO with 34 Degrees of Freedom that help it walk and perform tasks much like a human. One Degree of Freedom is the ability to move right and left or up and down. These degrees of freedom act much like human joints for optimum movement and flexibility. Lightweight materials, like a magnesium alloy structure, combined with powerful computers and 34 servo motors throughout its body help ASIMO move smoothly with ease.


ASIMO is designed to operate in the real world, where people need to reach for things, pick things up, navigate along floors, sidewalks, and even climb stairs. ASIMO’s abilities to run, walk smoothly, climb stairs, communicate, and recognize people’s voices and faces will enable ASIMO to easily function in our world and truly assist humans.

Full spec-sheet

Demonstration Videos

  1. ASIMO at CES07
  2. UK TV warm technology campaign commerical
  3. History of ASIMO
  4. ASIMO falls down
  5. Walking along and interacting with human (wmv)
  6. Carrying tray and pushing cart

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YouTube link to: ASIMO at CES07
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YouTube link to: UK TV warm technology campaign commerical
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YouTube link to: History of ASIMO
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YouTube link to: ASIMO falls down

Lego Mindstorm NXT Robotics Kit

星期五, 一月 19th, 2007

I got this as a birthday present, definitely has a lot of potential as an Educational platform. The most interesting part for me is that you can create a humanoid robot from it, and be able to control the robot using bluetoothe devices. Quite easy to assemble (I have gone through the first task of building a 4-wheel mobile robot in 2 hours), and the pieces are extreme rugged and can withstand a lot abuse. :) Now, let’s check out what it can do, and what people around the world has been doing with it.

Source: Wikipedia
Lego MindStorm NXT Robotics Kit

The next product in the Mindstorms series is Mindstorms NXT, released in July 2006. The kit includes three servo motors, a touch sensor, a light sensor (now with the ability to differentiate between colours based on greyscale readings), a new sound sensor, an ultrasonic sensor and a new NXT ‘Intelligent Brick’. The kit is sold for $249 USD

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YouTube link to: Lego MindStorm NXT Robotics Kit Demos


NXT Brick

  • 32-bit ARM7 main microprocessor
  • 256 KiB flash memory
  • 64 KiB RAM
  • 60×100 pixel LCD matrix display
  • Can be programmed using a PC or Mac
  • Users create a program with new software, powered by LabVIEW from National Instruments
  • A single USB 2.0 port
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity, to transfer programs to the NXT wirelessly or offer ways to control
  • robots remotely (mobile phones and possibly by PDA’s)
  • Digital Wire Interface, allowing for third-party development of external devices


  • 519 LEGO Technic parts (and Bionicle parts, including Visorak pincers)
  • Three servo motors, with built-in rotation sensors, and feedback for precise control
  • Ultrasonic distance and movement sensor
  • Sound sensor, with sound pattern and tone recognition
  • Light sensor, detecting different colors and light intensity
  • Touch sensor (press/release/bump detection)

iRobot introduces Create(TM)

星期二, 一月 16th, 2007

iRobot Create

Build your own beer-fetching robot with the new iRobot Create ($130). Based on the vacuuming iRobot Roomba, this robot kit provides aspiring robogeeks with a platform to create a programmable robot of their own. It comes pre-assembled with access to robot sensors and actuators via an open interface. The iRobot Create lets you develop your own software to control your robot, and has standard connections for electronics and threaded mounting holes for securing all kinds of crap to it.


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YouTube link to: Create kit robot picks up stuffs it runs into
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YouTube link to: Create Kit builds robot fetching soda from fridge
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YouTube link to: Create kit Fridge-Mate