HRP-4 AIST’s Humanoid Robot learns to Walk

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.

Chris Gerdes: The future race car — 150mph, and no driver

Since Google started to do research in the domain of autonomous cars that drive through normal traffic, it is clear that autonomous cars will going to rule our streets in the next centuries. They may even driver better than you, which is not a big surprise if i watch the way some people drive on the street today. Within this TED talk Chris Gerdes reveals how he and his team are developing robotic race cars that can drive at 150 mph while avoiding every possible accident. And yet, in studying the brainwaves of professional racing drivers, Gerdes says he has gained a new appreciation for the instincts of professional drivers. (Filmed at TEDxStanford.)

An autonomous car may seem like a thing of the distant future, but mechanical engineer Chris Gerdes is racing to make it a reality today.

Six legged military robot

Well first i thought this bot is not really a navigation wonder, especially at high speed, as you can see in the video below. The robot unvails its strength when it comes to stair climbing. This specific robot with its flexible six legs is able to climb stairs quite good, as you can see at the end of the video.

Adafruit Raspberry Pi Cobbler

Adafruit's Pi Cobbler breakout kit puts Raspberry Pi's pins to work

Adafruit recently published a Raspberry Pi cobbler in order to help you to use Raspberry Pi’s PIN outs for your hardware or physical computing projects. In fact it seems as if the Raspberry Pi’s pinout alone are not easy to address, so Adafruit helped us a little bit to overcome this challenge and to get your project on the way more quickly. The Pi Cobbler solves that problem with a ribbon cable, some header pins and a custom PCB. The kit lets you easily run those 26 I/O pins to solderless breadboard. The unassembled Adafruit package costs just $7.95, which sounds like a good deal.

XBee-enabled SumoBots Appearing at Maker Faire

Rob Faludi, author of Building Wireless Sensor Networks, is bringing some very cool bots to Digi’s Maker Faire Bay Area Booth:

Say hello to Troy and Abed! They’re Digi International’s brand-new XBee-enabled SumoBots and they’re ready to begin training for their debut at Bay Area Maker Faire 2012. They’ll be battling it out in the Digi booth May 19th and 20th, so prepare yourself for a wireless robotic sumo showdown!

XBee Enabled SumoBots for Maker Faire

Robot Challenge 2012


The National Robotics Week Robot Challenge is a great share your robotics projects, learn from others, and win some great prizes to help you make your next robot!  Just tell us about your simple robotics projects – something K-12 students could reasonably make while working with a teacher or mentor.

What kind of robot projects are eligible for the contest?

  • simple robots made from scratch
  • robots built on a standard platform
  • parts of a more complex robot (a manipulator, sensor, or housing)

Who can enter?
Everyone can enter! We’re also giving away student-specific judges’ prizes, so if you’d like to be considered for these student prizes, please mention your age category in the intro step.

They’re explicitly looking for entries from school, club, and scouting groups – this is part of the National Robotics Week educational outreach program and they want to see your group’s robot!

Special Judges’ Prizes
Age 12 & Under*, Age 13-18*, Simplest Bot, Best Use of a Platform, Best Robot Part, Best Video, Best Group, Best Documentation, Best Reuse/Recycling.
*Please mention your age in the intro step.  12 & Under groups must have Instructable published by an adult.
Contest is open to entries from US, Canada [excluding Quebec], UK, China, Belgium, Netherlands, and Australia. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PT, June 11.