Looks like the robotics team at Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab, the same lab that acquired their very own version of KAIST’s latest robot earlier this year, have got it up and running (figuratively speaking). Daniel M. Lofaro of Drexel University has just posted a video on Youtube which shows the robot walking on a treadmill without a hitch. No word yet if Jaemi can run like his Japanese cousins Honda’s Asimo and Toyota’s bipedal partner robot, but I’m excited to see whatever it is he does next.
Jaemi HUBO is the American version of KAIST’s HUBO 2, which has been built by Drexel University thanks to a $5 million dollar, 5 year research initiative funded by the National Science Foundation. The robot has already made appearances on ABC news and briefly at a local museum. Video after the break.
A robot that automatically produces fun!
Years before the Odaiba Gundam statue, and the soon to be erected Tetsujin 28 monument, kids (in America, no less) were already having fun playing around giant robots. From the advertisement:
A 19’6″, triple-decker robot gives children the thrill of their lives. Two tube slides give youngsters fast, safe and thrilling rides. Scooped ends slow down sliders and give them a lift thrill as they swoop off the end. Two-tiered robot “body” and lookout “head” have die-formed deck and steel bar walls for safety. Feet are designed with seat indentations so children can rest. The Giganta stands head and shoulders above most other playground equipment in size and popularity.
Ground Space: 19’6″ by 9’6″
Shipping Weight: 4400 pounds
No offense to the designers, but if the play structure you’ve just designed looks like it would fit in perfectly in Hierynomus Bosch’s painting depicting Hell, you may want to go back to the drawing board. It looks like it’s trampling a kid while reaching down to scoop up more with its hideous arms, only to devour them, locking them inside its grotesque, cage-like body. Who had one of these in their neighborhood growing up? This thing looks like a total deathtrap dream come true!
[Plaidstallion] via [WildWild]
Iketomu, a Japanese blogger and robot enthusiast who maintains an English blog, has uploaded some videos from the 7th Wonderful Robot Carnival which took place on July 19th, 2009. For the uninitiated, it’s a Robo-One style tournament with several events that push the limit of the competitor’s custom-built hobby robots:
- Dash 2000 (2 meter foot race)
- Bottle Traction (moving a basket of bottles to the finish line)
- Dice Shot (1-on-1 soccer with fuzzy dice)
- Cubes (teams score points by moving cubes to their goal)
- Rumble Fight (multiple robot battle)
- 1-on-1 Fight
Doka Harumi (left) vs Sarga (right)
Kinopy (foreground) vs Kabura (back)
Many more videos including the exciting final match at:
[source: Biped Robot News Japan] and [Impress Robot Watch]
Matec Yao (Management & Technology Interchange Group Yao) is an organization formed in 2004 that gives introductory courses on electronics and robotics to everyday citizens with the goal of expanding interest in robotics and engineering in Yao, Osaka. They hold their own Robo-Con events where robot lovers get the chance to meet with other enthusiasts. In May 2009, they developed an eco-friendly robot to teach children about recycling called the Recycling & Environment Robot with the help of NAIST students.
Children can quiz the robot to determine what recycling bin a can or bottle should go in. You give the robot a recyclable, and after thinking for about 15 seconds it gives you the answer. It comes to a decision by squeezing objects placed in its hand, determining if the object is metal or plastic from the level of deformation registered by its strain gauges. It’s not always 100% right, since some plastic bottles have ribbing which makes them difficult to differentiate from aluminum cans, but the system tracks erroneous decisions to help improve the robot’s accuracy.