Archive for 一月, 2007

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

Future: suicidal robots may save the earth

星期三, 一月 24th, 2007


Asteroids Robots

NASA is now tracking more than 800 asteroids considered potential threats to the Earth. According to a New Scientist article, engineers brainstorming ways to save the Earth have proposed sending a fleet of suicidal robots to the asteroid. Some of the robots would land on the asteroid and detonate explosives. The remaining probes would monitor the explosions to determine the inner structure of the asteroid. If it’s light enough, a gravity tractor robot would deflect it. If it’s heavy and solid, rocket engines would be attached to alter its path.

Robot nurses could be on the wards in three years, say scientists

星期三, 一月 24th, 2007

Japanese Nursebot

Scientists from the universities of Warwick, Cardiff, Dublin and Newcastle are among the engineers and software experts taking part in the “IWARD” project. They aim to have a three-robot prototype system ready by 2010.

By helping to keep wards cleaner, they could also cut infections by hospital superbugs such as MRSA. Each “nursebot” will consist of a mobile platform mounted with a module of sensors and equipment for different tasks.

It might be fitted with a laser thermometer which can measure body heat from a distance, or cleaning equipment to mop up spills.

the robots could provide a valuable service guiding people around the hospital. A visitor would state the name of a patient at an information terminal and then follow a robot to the correct bedside.

If the nearest robot was not sure of a patient’s location, it could seek help by communicating with others in the right area.

The robots will be fitted with sensors and cameras, allowing them to avoid collisions while travelling through wards and corridors. High-speed lanes could allow them to move from place to place quickly.

The robots would also employ face and voice recognition technology to communicate with patients and spot unauthorised visitors.

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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

Autonomous House Construction Robot

星期六, 一月 20th, 2007


house-building robot

“Your shoes, clothes and car are already made automatically, but your house is built by hand and it doesn’t make sense.” That’s word from Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, whose team at USC is getting ready to debut a $1.5 million robot designed to build homes with zero help from puny humans. The bot should have its first test run in California this April, where it will build the shell of a two-story house in 24 hours.

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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)

Recent Call For Papers

星期四, 一月 18th, 2007

ICRA 2007
The 13th International Conference on Advanced Robotics will be held in Jeju, Korea. The conference theme of ICAR 2007 is Viable Robotic Service to Human. ICAR 2007 continues to follow the rich tradition of ICAR series, as a biennial world forum with long and prestige history, promoting opportunities for information exchange and international networking in the field of advanced robotics at a friendly and culturally stimulating setting.

Important Dates

  • Submission of full papers: February 15, 2007
  • Proposal for special sessions: February 15, 2007
  • Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2007
  • Submission of camera-ready papers: May 31, 2007


2007 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics (ICM 2007)

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: January 28, 2007
  • Proposals for

  • Workshop and Tutorial: January 28, 2007
  • Conference: May 8-10, 2007



First International Conference
on Robot Communication and Coordination
Athens, Greece

  • Paper submission: April 13, 2007
  • Notification: June 22, 2007
  • Camera-ready copy: July 20, 2007
  • Conference: September 10-12, 2007

16th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
(IEEE RO-MAN 2007)
Location: The Shilla Jeju Hotel, Jeju Island, Korea


[Conference Theme] Toward the Era of Human-Robot Symbiosis

  • Proposals for Organized Special Sessions & Tutorials: January 15, 2007
  • Submission of Full Papers: February 15, 2007
  • Notification of Acceptance: April 10, 2007
  • Submission of Camera-ready Papers: May 10, 2007

Detection and recogntion of humans and related social cues

星期三, 一月 17th, 2007

This page contains information on detection and recognition of humans and related social cues, including:

  • face detection
  • face recognition
  • skin color detection
  • hand detection and tracking
  • motion detection and tracking

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