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What has a pair of seven degree of freedom robotic arms, 360 degree sonar and inherited a bunch of robust features from its industrial “father”? Why, the Baxter Research Robot of course! This next generation educational / research tool combines features normally found only on expensive industrial robots with highly versatile software into an affordable […]

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Baxter Research Robot Front View

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The Hokuyo scanning sensors are great 2D obstacle scanners. They can be used in fixed locations to detect if an object enters its scan area, and can be used on mobile platforms that need to do obstacle detection and avoidance as they move. There are two categories of sensors: outdoor sensors that have ranges up […]

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Hokuyo UST-10LX Scanning Laser Rangefinder

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It has been a few years since RobotShop released the original DFRobotShop Rover, and we continue to be amazed and delighted with what people are using them to do. Recently German researchers used the DFRobotShop Rover as well as additional parts (light sensor, camera, software) to mimic the simple nervous system of an insect (using […]

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Spiking Neural Network

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The human brain is arguably the most intriguing and complex part of our bodies and the way it works has puzzled scientists for most of human history. Enter The Human Brain Project; a European commission charged with the task of recreating a human brain inside a super computer. They just received 1 billion dollars in funding to get started with this […]

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The Human Brain Project

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Students from Victoria University (Toronto, Canada) created a real-life version of the Disney Pixar lamp and called it “Pinokio”. This playful robot can detect and track faces and also express emotions using its movements and reactions. It uses servo motors to actuate its segments and OpenCV for the vision processing. The only thing missing is probably an […]

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Pinokio Face Tracking Lamp

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The Korean Institute of Science and Technology had the very good (read “terrible”) idea of giving a very sharp kitchen knife to a robot and teaching it how to use it. Fortunately until now, CIROR, the knife-wielding humanoid robot, can only cut cucumbers with its new tool. It is nice to see how robots evolve and become […]

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CIROS Robot Cuts Cucumber

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As we reported before, DARPA issued its latest challenge where they will require a humanoid robot to complete a series of tasks (worthy of an action movie) which include driving a car, breaking down a wall, and using tools – all with the goal of “saving the day” during a mock industrial accident. The challenge officially started today, […]

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Atlas by Boston Dynamics

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Heartland Robotics, founded by Rodney Brooks as reported before, changed its identity to Rethink Robotics.  And rethinking robotics they do as they recently released Baxter, a robot with common sense as they brand it. Baxter redefines industrial robots since it allows small and large manufacturers to incorporate it in their manufacturing process to help humans and do repetitive or dull tasks […]

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Baxter overview