Quadrotor Light Show

A troupe of 16 quadrotors (flying robots) dance to and manipulate sound and light at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase 2012.

There are only two things that could have made this performance more awesome – beer dispensing quatrotors and if all the quadrotors were Orvillecopters.

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Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot Will Beat You 100% Of The Time

This Janken (rock-paper-scissors) robot has a 100% success rate over humans achieved by employing a high-speed camera to recognize the position of the human hand and have the robot play it’s move in 1 ms, which is faster than the human eye can see.

Recognition of human hand can be performed at 1ms with a high-speed vision, and the position and the shape of the human hand are recognized. The wrist joint angle of the robot hand is controlled based on the position of the human hand. The vision recognizes one of rock, paper and scissors based on the shape of the human hand. After that, the robot hand plays one of rock, paper and scissors so as to beat the human being in 1ms.

This technology is one example that show a possibility of cooperation control within a few miliseconds. And this technology can be applied to motion support of human beings and cooperation work between human beings and robots etc. without time delay.

I want to see how this robot fairs playing Rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock.

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Noa Robots Dance To “Thriller”

The result of the collaboration between the Nonlinear System Laboratory at MIT and Aldebaran Robotics, these dancing, self synchronize robots must surely be part of the key to the robotic destruction of humanity.

At the beginning all the robots are waiting for my signal to start. While dancing, they are constantly synchronizing with each other, so if a robot lags behind they will wait for him and the late robot will accelerate. When I remove a robot from the choreography, the others continue dancing. When he stands up again and resumes his dance, he asks the others for a starting position. Then he goes to this position, and starts dancing. Since he starts with a little latency, he will dances a little faster and the others a little slower to synchronize.

The music is played by another robot, and is a part of the synchronization process : the robots are synchronizing with the music too.

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Real Tracking And Shooting Portal Turret

This Portal turret even speaks and has lasers! I’m sure this Penn State University Advanced Mechatronics student is secretly working for Aperture.

This is the final project for my Advanced Mechatronics class at Penn State University. The robot is the skeleton of a turret from the game Portal that uses an IP webcam to track a target and fire nerf bullets at them. This is the current state of the robot as of 5/9/12, but I am currently molding a shell for the frame to make it look like the Portal turret, along with improving my code to make the tracking faster. All programming is done with MATLAB and Arduino.

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Real Transformer (MUST-SEE)

This custom-built Transformer uses 22 servo motors to transform from car to walking humanoid and back. I love how it punches the air after it successfully transforms and then walks off.

Unfortunately I don’t believe these are available for purchase (yet) but I’d throw my money at them if they were.

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DARPA Robots Master Stairs And Doing Pushups

Face it, we’re screwed. All we’re waiting for them to announce a method to mass produce flesh to cover these things and it’s all over.

This video shows versions of DARPA and Boston Dynamics robots climbing stairs, walking on a treadmill and doing pushups.

A modified platform resembling these robots is expected to be used as government-funded equipment (GFE) for performers in Tracks B and C of the DARPA Robotics Challenge.The GFE Platform is expected to have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head, and will be physically capable of performing all of the tasks required for the disaster response scenarios scheduled in the Challenge.

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Sand Flea Robot Can Jump 30 Feet In The Air

This little 11 lb robot from Boston Dynamics looks like an RC car, but when it needs to stop driving and clear an obstacle it is capable of launching itself 30 feet into the air.

Sand Flea is an 11 pound robot that drives like an RC car on flat terrain, but can jump 30 ft into the air to overcome obstacles. That is high enough to jump over a compound wall, onto the roof of a house, up a set of stairs or into a second story window.

The robot uses gyro stabilization to stay level during flight, to provide a clear view from the onboard camera, and to ensure a smooth landing. Sand Flea can jump about 25 times on one charge. Boston Dynamics is developing Sand Flea with funding from the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF).

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DARPA Cheetah Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots

Developed by Boston Dynamics, the Cheetah Robot can run at speeds of up to 18MPH, which means that if one ever decides to chase you, you’re screwed.

This video shows a demonstration of the “Cheetah” robot galloping at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour (mph), setting a new land speed record for legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989.

The robot’s movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature. The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and un-flexing its back on each step, much as an actual cheetah does.

The current version of the Cheetah robot runs on a laboratory treadmill where it is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump, and uses a boom-like device to keep it running in the center of the treadmill. Testing of a free-running prototype is planned for later this year.

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