Archivio per gennaio, 2009


sabato, gennaio 17th, 2009

Honda rilancia il sistema per la camminata assistita

Dai laboratori di ricerca Honda arriva un dispositivo robotico per la camminata assistita, adatto a pazienti con malattie neurologiche o con difficoltà motorie.

A differenza di precedenti modelli,
il robot targato Honda non fornisce solo l’energia necessaria a
camminare, ma è in grado di sopportare il peso del paziente e può
quindi “trasportarlo” agilmente su per una scala.

Il controllo del robot avviene in modo naturale: il passo viene regolato in base alle informazioni provenienti da sensori posizionati nelle apposite scarpe.

dispositivo per la camminata assistita pesa 6,5kg (incluse batterie e
scarpe), monta due motori alimentati da batterie agli ioni di litio ed
è capace di operare per circa due ore ininterrottamente.




sabato, gennaio 17th, 2009

RM’s ED-E Educational robot dances, does the robot

da Engadget di Laura June

RM and DACTA are launching a new commercial educational robot.
Called ED-E, this fully programmable, PC-compatible bot’s got 17 servo
motors which enable him to jump, do backflips, head spins, and full-on dance routines.
Software for the device allows his moves to be previewed on screen
before he performs them. Check check check the video after the break
for a full routine from the robot, who — in our opinion — isn’t
teaching anything that couldn’t be learned from a viewing of Breakin’. Pricing will be somewhere in the realm of $635 for the robot, software and teaching materials — no word on availability yet.

Continue reading RM’s ED-E Educational robot dances, does the robot

robotic exoskeleton

giovedì, gennaio 15th, 2009

New robotic exoskeleton aims to help farmers combat age, mutant plants

da Engadget di Donald Melanson

Well, it looks like there’s been yet another development in the exoskeleton
arms race between the US and Japan, with this latest entrant from the
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology promising to help
farmers and gardeners deal better with old age and increasingly
unwieldy crops. This one weighs in at a somewhat hefty 55 pounds but,
like most such exoskeletons, it’s able to offload most of its own
weight thanks to the use of eight motors and 16 sensors, which also, of
course, help to give its wearer some super-strength. Better still, the
researchers say the suit could be available in as soon as three years,
and cost somewhere between $5,000 and $10,000.

[Via Engadget German]

Walter the Robot

giovedì, gennaio 15th, 2009

Video: Chris the Carpenter shows off Walter the Robot’s servo-powered head

da Engadget di Tim Stevens

We love us a good robot,
the more clearly home-built the better, and it’s hard to get more DIY
than a bot-to-be called Walter from Chris the Carpenter at Let’s Make Robots.
Right now Walter exists in halves: a torso comprised of a custom
chassis powered by some DeWalt drill motors, and a head with a small
LCD display turned on three axis by a collection of servos. As of now
everything is controlled by a remote, but the ultimate plan is for
Walter to be able to locate a person, face them, and display a list of
functions. We’re not sure what Walter’s purpose in life is to be in the
future, but based on the second video below we’re reasonably sure it
won’t be serving as a shuttle for reluctant wives.

[Via Hacked Gadgets]

Continue reading Video: Chris the Carpenter shows off Walter the Robot’s servo-powered head


giovedì, gennaio 15th, 2009

Robotic exoskeleton for arms

da Boing Boing di David Pescovitz

Engineers at the University of California, Santa Cruz built this
prototype robotic exoskeleton to amplify the strength of the wearer’s
arms. Noninvasive electrodes on the skin detect the neural activity in
muscles and translate those signals into movements of the robot arms.
Lead researcher Jacob Rosen says his latest exoskeleton provides 95
percent of a human’s natural range of motion. From UCSC:

"People with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular
disabilities could use the exoskeleton to amplify their muscle
strength, and it could also be used for rehabilitation and physical
therapy," said Rosen, an associate professor of computer engineering in
the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California,
Santa Cruz.
"One of the major challenges in this field is to establish an effective
human-machine interface, or ‘bio-port,’ between the operator and the
wearable robot, such that the robot becomes a natural extension of the
human body," he said. "This bio-port may be established at the neural
level, allowing the human brain to control the wearable robot with the
same type of signals that it uses to control its own actuators, the


giovedì, gennaio 15th, 2009

Video: Kinstore-Z robot is easily the world’s most bizarre

da Engadget di Thomas Ricker

Oh, we get it alright; Kintore-Z is a robot designed to compete in Japan’s Baca RoboCup (baka
means "fooolish" or "stupid" in Japanese). But that doesn’t explain why
the child is absently holding a toothbrush now does it? Click through
for one of the strangest, most bizarre videos you’ll ever see on Engadget… or anywhere else for that matter.

Continue reading Video: Kinstore-Z robot is easily the world’s most bizarre

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Robotic Evolution

giovedì, gennaio 8th, 2009

da Boing Boing di ShawnBruce

Scott Beale over at Laughing Squid recently posted this amazing commercial from Germany. Scott writes:

Evolution of Technology is a fantastic ad created by Scholz&Friends Group for the German electronics store Saturn that shows an evolutionary process from dinosaur robots to modern androids.

Evolution of Technology


mercoledì, gennaio 7th, 2009

Il robot che lava i piatti

Sviluppato da Panasonic e dall’Istituto di Ricerca Giapponese IRT Research Institute, questo
robot-lavapiatti chiamato KAR può svolgere il suo compito totalmente da
solo: certo, dal video che segue sembra che ci metta un’era geologica,
ma col tempo…

Voilà. Con tanto di TG-Edizione Stlaoldinalia.