We have seen the future of 4WD robots (possibly vehicles), and it can move in all directions without even turnings its wheels. This particular machine is called the "4WD 100mm Mecanum Wheel Learning Arduino Kit C009". This Arduino-powered robotics car can be made to move in any direction and turn by varying the direction and speed of each wheel. By moving all four wheels in the same direction, it causes forward / backward motion, running left / right sides in opposite directions for rotation, and running front / rear in opposite directions results in sideways movement. The platform's rear wheels are mounted in a special way, so that the suspension structure ensures that all four wheels can adhere to the ground, even on uneven terrain. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including the first Captain America Civil War trailer.
Researchers at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, led by Professor Jonghwa Park, have developed electronic skin that can detect changes in both temperature and pressure, thanks to composites made of a polymer as well as reduced graphene oxide. That's right, this two-play (top for pressure and bottom biochemical signals) electronic skin can detect sensory changes created by water droplets falling at different pressures and temperatures. The artificial skin could detect a tiny amount of pressure created by a human hair, making it perfect for future caregiver robots. It can also used to monitor pulse pressure by detecting the changes in skin temperature that occur when blood vessels dilate or constrict, when attached to a human wrist. Continue reading for another video and more information.
BionicKangaroo is essentially a robotic model developed and made by Festo in the form of a real-life kangaroo. Applying methods from kinematics, bionics, and biomimetics, the company's researchers and engineers studied the way kangaroos move, and applied that to the design of a robot that moves in a similar way. The robot actually saves energy from each jump and applies it to its next jump, much as a real kangaroo does. Continue reading for two videos of Festo's equally impressive SmartBird.
In addition to cars with auto-pilot, there may be autonomous motorcycle delivery services being completed by robots such as Yamaha's Motobot. Absolutely no human input is required, though we'd imagine being able to set a path or objective is possible. "This is an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot built around a fusion of Yamaha's motorcycle and robotics technology. R&D is currently underway with the goal of developing the robot to ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at more than 200 km/h. The task of controlling the complex motions of a motorcycle at high speeds requires a variety of control systems that must function with a high degree of accuracy," said a Yamaha representative. Continue reading for more live pictures and information.
At first glance, T8 could possibly be mistaken for a real spider, a giant one at that, but this eight-legged machine is actually 3D-printed, and made by Robugtix. It uses 26 servo motors - 3 in each leg and 2 in the abdomen - to control its 3D-printed body, and is powered by the Bigfoot Inverse Kinematics Engine, which allows it to crawl around with either pre-programmed commands or manual control, wile performing all of the necessary calculations in real-time. The commands are sent to the robot through a wireless XBee. This little spider only requires 4 x AA 4.8V NiMH rechargeable batteries to run. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including the Star Wars Battlefront launch trailer.
A spider excavator is essentially a special type of all-terrain excavator. Like traditional excavators, it consists of a boom, stick, bucket and cab on a rotating platform known as the "house". However, the house sits atop a different type of undercarriage. The undercarriage consists of leg or arm-like extensions with or without wheels. All can move in increments hence the name Walking Excavator. This is different from an early 20th century dragline excavator where a set of feet plate are alternately lifted and lowered. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
Thermite 3.0 is touted as the "world's first practical fire-fighting robot," and rightfully so. It's compact enough to fit inside a normal elevator, and / or drive through a 36" wide door. When turned on, this bot can deliver up to 1,200-gallons of water or foam per minute at 150psi. The chassis itself is based on Howe and Howe Tech RS1-D2 US ARMY I.E.D. defeat robot, and has been proven through years of military explosive ordinance testing at Aberdeen Proving Grounds to be one of the most durable robots ever built. A "flip-top" platform ensures maintenance and modification is a breeze. Other features include: multiple integrated HD analog video cameras and optional infrared FLIR. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including IndyCar racing on the Golden Gate Bridge.
BigDog is basically a dynamically stable quadruped robot created by Boston Dynamics (acquired by Google) with Foster-Miller, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Harvard University Concord Field Station. It measures 3-feet long, stands 2.5-feet tall, and weighs a hefty 240-pounds, about the size of a small mule, hence the nickname robotic mule. Continue reading for more fascinating facts.
At first glance, this appears to be a creepy crawly normally found scuttering around your home, but it's actually a robot. This miniature cockroach, which movie autonomously at speeds up to 12-inches per second, has been fitted with photosensitive sensors and could be equipped with cameras. As you can see in the video above, its movement is similar to that of the Blaberus giganteus cockroach found in South America. Continue reading to see this robo-roach in action.
First came BigDog, now Google has introduced a smaller "Spot" robot dog, which can run, climb stairs, all the while being kicked. The 160-pound machine is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. A sensor on its head helps it navigate over rough terrain - and to spot when humans, or another robot dog, is nearby by, allowing it to follow its owner and run in formation. It's designed to follow a soldier for 20-miles while carrying 400-pounds of their kit, and if it tips over on rugged terrain, Spot will immediately be able to right itself. You control Spot with a game-like controller, and one soldier has likened the experience to "playing Call of Duty". Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including a virtual walking tour of the USS Enterprise.