In this video I-Wei Huang shows a guy from the Wired magazin his amazing collection of robot designs. I-Wei Hung’s has a special interest in steampowered robot designs, as you can see in some of his robot designs. I-Wei Hung designs adorable cool robots, watch this video to get a glimpse on his robotic genius! Also refer to the original Wired Interview here.
Watch this amazingly cool pole climbing robot, that is able to create urban graffity art taggings on public poles. The climbing robot is drawing while climbing up and down the pole. AKIRA, the author of the video who studied computer science, art and cultural studies at International Christian University Tokyo, calls his projects ‘experiments in urban intervention’, which means to tactically hack into your urban environments to create urban art. At the moment AKIRA is working as a freelance coder, engineer and artist in Tokyo. You can find more of his fantastic work on his site Ampontang.com.
This little artificial bug is one of two different models that was published recently by i-Robot. These toys try to simulate the movement of real bugs and beatles. The two creatures come along in combination with an iPhone app that enables the remote control by using your own smartphone. The battery lasts for around 20min operation times. Look at the video below to see these creature in action:
The following image from NASA’s Curiosity rover was taken by the left mast camera (Mastcam). It shows an image of the camera on the rover’s robotic arm, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), during the 30th Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission on Mars. MAHLI is one of the various tools that sit on the end of Curiosities robotic arm and is used to explore the near surrounding on Mars. After several days traveling and driving on Mars NASA’s rover Curiosity starts to test these tools on it’s robotic arm. NASA is spending several days preparing for full use of the tools on its arm.
“We will be putting the arm through a range of motions and placing it at important ‘teach points’ that were established during Earth testing, such as the positions for putting sample material into the inlet ports for analytical instruments,” said Daniel Limonadi of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., lead systems engineer for Curiosity’s surface sampling and science system. “These activities are important to get a better understanding for how the arm functions after the long cruise to Mars and in the different temperature and gravity of Mars, compared to earlier testing on Earth.”
The image below shows the exact location of the arm on NASA’s Curiosity rover, in addition to the arm’s turret, which holds two instruments and three tools. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech:
California-based Double Robotics has published a self balancing Telepresence Robot Double balances an iPad on top in order to enable people to virtually visit museums anywhere worldwide. By connecting to this Double telepresence robot you can perform a museum tour by actually driving and looking around with your telepresence avatar robot. This could also be a great device for virtual meetings or telepresence tours/visits in companies and between project teams. The robot is able to move around and to elevate the iPad at the normal height of your eyes in order to get a good overview. By using the camera, microphone and speaker a remote conversation with other real or telepresence avatars is possible. The robot contains a battery that lasts for a tour of around 8 hours, which is quite enough to nearly visit any museum, except maybe The Louvre or the Vatican Museam in which you barely scrap the surface with an 8 hour visit 😉
Its amazing what progress AIST, the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), made in their effort to design humanoid robots. This HRP-4C humanoid robot, friends call her Miim, is able to walk a line like a human being. She is able to stretch her knees by up/down motion of the waist. Also the single-toe supports longer strides as well as the swing motion of human legs. Technical details for Miims design was presented at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems and is published in the paper proceedings 2011 IEEE/RSJ.
This noodle slicing robot not only looks quite cool when slicing your noodles, it also became a bestseller for noodle restaurants. Cui Runguan, a Beijing inventor and restaurateur, has created a robot noodle chef for slicing noodles. The robot consists basically of an automated dough-shaving knife built into a charming retro-robot shell with blinking eye-lights. The resaurants get large profit by treating the noodles as “hand-cut by a mechanical person” and not as “sliced by an industrial machine.” Robot chefs taking over China’s noodle bars (via Kottke)
Despite the fact, that there are already some Quadcopter and Tricopter designs out there (see Mapmaking Quadcopter, Quadcopter), the creator of this Tricopter accomplished to build a fully functional and quite agile model without spending more than 100$. Even the cheapest Quadcopters cost at least several hundred dollars. His Tricopter design builds upon cheap body parts from a local hardware store, such as a wooden Tricopter body. [via Hackedgadgets]
TangiBot, the latest clone design of the popular Makerbot 3D printer, should offer the same performance and features as the original printer, by 33% reduced costs. Matt Strong, the creator of the clone MakerBot 3D printer Kickstarter pledge, tries to rise 500K $ for his project. Matt describes himself as an 3D printing enthusiast who is creating and printing stuff since several years now. TangiBot is one of the latest initiatives in the hyped area of desktop fabrication. Citing Kickstarter you can TangiBot for 1.254 bucks directly shipped to your door worldwide. The TangiBot prints anything you can imagine out of ABS plastic (and PLA). ABS is the same plastic used in Lego. You can design your own parts using free tools like tinkerCAD.com or Google Sketchup.
Platforms like Tingiverse offer thousands of open source 3D printing designs for all kind of purposes, ranging from play figures to machinery parts.
Beside the hyped 3D printing technology other similar projects try to establish desktop assembly and fabrication. PopFab for example implements a portable multitool robot for assembly and processing steps such as drilling, painting or even customized toolheads.
If these little helpers would not cost as much as a laptop, i definitely would have already one cruising around in front of my house. As one of a series of companies, Honda has recently announced a new robotic lawn-mower model, called Miimo. It is able to cut 2-3mm of grass in several runs during a week of operation. Miimo navigates through a combination of timers, controls and sensors and of course around your buried no-go wire line. Miimo is powered by a high performance lithium-ion battery. It is self-charging, constantly monitoring its battery level and returning to its docking station when it needs to recharge. Here you can find the original Honda press release.