The Harvard Monolithic Bee is a millimeter-scale flapping wing robotic insect produced using Printed Circuit MEMS (PC-MEMS) techniques. This video describes the manufacturing process, including pop-up book inspired assembly. This work was funded by the NSF, the Wyss Institute, and the ASEE.Continue Reading »
Definition: The first indoor flying object with peristaltic propulsion. Based on the recoil principle, eight tentacles powered by an electric drive let the jellyfish float through the air.
Arduino Boards Comparison
“Which Arduino Board Should I choose ?”
Short Answer: Start With Arduino UNO…
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As www.robotee.com we search for good Learning Resources for robot, robotics and robot designers. In this Tutorial Series we have examined Arduino, Uno, Leonardo, etc. in lots of usefull applications.
The first Arduino tutorial on getting started and connecting it to your PC. In this video I cover the following:
The BASIC Stamp is a microcontroller with a small, specialized BASIC interpreter (PBASIC) built into ROM. It is made by Parallax, Inc. and has been popular with electronics hobbyists, robotic designers since the early 1990′s because of its low threshold of learning and ease of use due to its simple to understand BASIC language and excellent documentation. It is called a “Stamp” simply because it is close to the size of an average postage stamp.
Anywhere you would like to add intelligence you use a Microcontroller…
A microcontroller (sometimes abbreviated µC, uC or MCU) is a small computer on a single integrated circuit containing a processor core, memory, and programmable input/output peripherals. Program memory in the form of NOR flash or OTP ROM is also often included on chip, as well as a typically small amount of RAM. Microcontrollers are designed for embedded applications, in contrast to the microprocessors used in personal computers or other general purpose applications.
The Handy Board is a 6811-based microcontroller system that lets you build mobile robots for educational, hobbyist, and industrial purposes. People use the Handy Board to run robot design courses and competitions at the university and high school level, build robots for fun, and control industrial devices.
Servo motors have been around for a long time and are utilized in many applications. They are small in size but pack a big punch and are very energy-efficient. Because of these features, they can be used to operate remote-controlled or radio-controlled toy cars, robots and airplanes.
‘Terminator’ Arm is World’s Most Advanced Prosthetic Limb
A father who lost his arm in an accident six years ago has been given a new lease of life by a hi-tech bionic hand which is so precise he can type again. Nigel Ackland, 53, has been fitted with the Terminator-like carbon fibre mechanical hand which he can control with movements in his upper arm. The new bebionic3 myoelectric hand, which is also made from aluminium and alloy knuckles, moves like a real human limb by responding to Nigel’s muscle twitches.
Pars Rescue Robot has been tested for the first time.
Pars can fly for 10 minutes, it’s maximum speed is 10 m/s, with a 4.5 kilometer radius range.
What is a Stepper Motor ?
A stepper motor (or step motor) is a brushless DC electric motor that divides a full rotation into a number of equal steps. The motor’s position can then be commanded to move and hold at one of these steps without any feedback sensor (an open-loop controller), as long as the motor is carefully sized to the application.
Geared motors are used in robotics where high torque is needed. A geared DC Motor has a gear assembly attached to the motor. The speed of motor is counted in terms of rotations of the shaft per minute and is termed as RPM .The gear assembly helps in increasing the torque and reducing the speed.
Short Answer: With the advent of cheap computers and power transistors, it became possible to “turn the motor inside out” and eliminate the brushes. In a brushless DC motor (BLDC), you put the permanent magnets on the rotor and you move the electromagnets to the stator.
Transition from a quadrupedal to a bipedal posture including spine motion.
by Boston Dynamics
WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat’s best performance so far. WildCat is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA’s M3 program.
Hannover Messe 2013
A brushed DC motor is an electric motor designed to be run from a direct current power source. Brushed motors were the first commercially important application of electric power to driving mechanical loads, and DC distribution systems were used for more than 100 years to operate motors in commercial and industrial buildings.
“It’s an open-source physical computing platform”
Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It’s an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board.
Arduino for Dummies
This is a very simple tutorial video by MIT to learn Arduino Basics.
Kinematics Construction Kit
Kinematics is a modular robotic construction kit, consisting of kinetic modules and adaptor blocks, which can be connected freely and without the use of cables. Kinematics is suitable for children from the age of 5 years and upwards, and with no computer skills being necessary, they may build interactive robots which have the ability to move.
A Miniature Tail Assisted Running and Jumping Robot
In nature, small animals or insects use multiple locomotion methods to efficiently travel in difficult environments. Inspired by the multi-modal locomotion ability found in animals, we design a miniature robot that can jump, run, and perform aerial maneuvering. Specifically, this robot can use wheeled locomotion to run on flat ground. Encountering a large obstacle, it can jump up to overcome the obstacle.
RHex is an all-terrain walking robot that could one day climb over rubble in a rescue mission or cross the desert with environmental sensors strapped to its back. Pronounced “Rex,” like the over-excited puppy it resembles when it is bounding over the ground, RHex is short for “robot hexapod,” a name that stems from its six springy legs.
Introducing The New Robotic Ball SPHERO 2.0. Now faster, brighter, and smarter than ever. Choose from over 25 apps and launch a whole new world of mobile gameplay. Drive Sphero like never before, turn your surroundings into a video game with augmented reality, and discover endless ways to play.
e-David, our painting machine, uses visual feedback to create different kinds of paintings. We equipped a standard robot with all necessary means for painting. Five different brushes can be used, color can be selected from a repository with 24 colors, brushes can be cleaned and colors can be distributed precisely on the canvas.
According to the report, one of the main factors driving the market is the need to reduce total cost of ownership. Robots help manufacturing companies develop and manufacture accurate and reliable products without defects. They also help companies reduce product failure costs and product wastage.
In a Robot Lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D’Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D’Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together — and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.
STAR.V3, a superfast, 3D-printed robot that can squeeze itself down to fit underneath a door…
Researchers at Berkeley’s Biomimetic Millisystems Lab have been able to create this “sprawl tuned autonomous robot” AKA STAR using 3D printed pieces. David Zarrouk, Andrew Pullin, Nick Kohut, and Ronald Fearing created the robot out of a number of simple, easily replaceable and biomimetic parts.
Researchers in Switzerland are developing a flying robot to navigate and collect data in cluttered environments. The robot is equipped to stick to vertical surfaces, and can recover and continue flying even after a crash.
“Electrically-Charged Hydrogel has applications for soft robotics and biomedical fields”
by Tim Hornyak
This partially 3D-printed prototype can be produced for less than $1,000, much less than commercial utility line robots.
Written by CHRIS ELLIOTT
They may not yet have reached the startlingly lifelike capabilities of Sonny, the soft-spoken android in the movie I, Robot, but they’re getting closer.
It may seem uncomfortably close to science fiction, but robots are moving ever nearer to having humanlike abilities to smell, feel and see their surroundings, allowing them to operate more independently and perform some of the dangerous, dirty and dull jobs people don’t want to do.
“Robot uses steerable needles to treat brain clots”
Surgery to relieve the damaging pressure caused by hemorrhaging in the brain is a perfect job for a robot.
Researchers at Columbia Univ. Medical Center, working with their collaborators at the Hospital for Special Surgery, have created a fleet of molecular “robots” that can home in on specific human cells and mark them for drug therapy or destruction.
Cloud Robotics Conference, Paris 2013
How robots can improve their learning mechanisms via Cloud Computing and how heterogeneous robots can exchange information among each other ?
In this second talk of our serie recorded during the NAOTechDay, you will meet Florian Johannßen from the university for applied science HAW Hamburg. He is working on making cloud computing and robotics work together. It’s called cloud robotics.
Many teams in the world are working on this kind of projects, with high expectations like better learning mechanism or executable plans sharing. Florian Johannßen presents what has already been done, and what he’s trying to do with NAO.
A cam is a mechanical component capable of transmitting motion to a follower by direct contact. In a cam mechanism, the cam is the driver and the driven member is called the follower. The follower can remain Stationary, translate, oscillate, or rotate.
A sprocket or sprocket-wheel is a profiled wheel with teeth, cogs, or even sprockets that mesh with a chain, track or other perforated or indented material. The name ‘sprocket‘ applies generally to any wheel upon which are radial projections that engage a chain passing over it.
Pulleys and Belts transfer rotating motion from one shaft to another. Essentially, pulleys are gears without teeth that depend on the frictional forces of connecting belts, chains, ropes, or cables to transfer torque.
Compared with mechanical gears, magnetic gears is claimed to offer advantages including reduced maintenance, improved reliability, no need for lubricants, higher efficiency, precise peak torque transmission, inherent overload protection, reduced drivetrain pulsations, tolerance of misalignment and low noise. In some applications, it is also beneficial that the input and output shafts are physically isolated.
This new 7th Axis Robotic design, which utilizes FANUC R-2000iB rail-mounted robots, reduces the amount of fixed automation equipment required, cuts four individual automation systems down to one, uses less energy, and frees up floor space while providing capital equipment flexibility.
The Volocopter by e-volo is a completely novel, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) manned aircraft, which cannot be classified in any known category. The fact that it was conceived of as a purely electrically powered aircraft sets it apart from conventional aircraft.
Autonomous Self-Reconfigurable Locomotive Robot: designed and built by Muhammad Hasan Shariq for BEng Mechanical Engineering Honours Project (2009-2010) at Heriot-Watt University.
Robot Challenge is an international championship for self-made, autonomous, and mobile robots. It takes place annually in Vienna, Austria. Since 2004, more than 1.000 robots from all over the world have taken part in the competition.
Robots and computers are already replacing workers in factories and offices. Now engineers are developing intelligent machines to do farm work and help ease a worsening labor shortage on American farms.
Objectives: The process outlined in this work uses inexpensive, compliant photo-patternable materials with the ability to embed components to combine the benefits of small-scale robots with the robustness and compliance improvements in larger-scale robots.
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A non-circular gear (NCG) is a special gear design with special characteristics and purpose. While a regular gear is optimized to transmit torque to another engaged member with minimum noise and wear and with maximum efficiency, a non-circular gear’s main objective might be ratio variations, axle displacement oscillationsand more.
A cage gear, also called a lantern gear or lantern pinion has cylindrical rods for teeth, parallel to the axle and arranged in a circle around it, much as the bars on a round bird cage or lantern.
Face gears are the gear wheel with cogs mortised into its face, usually in conjugation with a lantern pinion.
Worm gears resemble screws. A worm gear is usually meshed with a spur gear or a helical gear, which is called the gear, wheel, or worm wheel.
Double helical gears, or herringbone gears, overcome the problem of axial thrust presented by “single” helical gears, by having two sets of teeth that are set in a V shape.
Helical or “dry fixed” gears offer a refinement over spur gears. The leading edges of the teeth are not parallel to the axis of rotation, but are set at an angle. Since the gear is curved, this angling causes the tooth shape to be a segment of a helix.
This class of gears includes the most common straight and spiral bevel gears as well as miter and hypoid gears.
• External Gears have teeth on the outside surface of the disk or wheel.
• Internal or Annual Gears have teeth on the inside surface of a cylinder.
Rack Gears Defined: a bar or rectangular gear (flat, no curvature) having straight teeth cut on the face, perpendicular to the axis of motion.
Robot that walks on two feet using a planetary gear system. Designed using Pro-Engineer.
Internal Gears usually drive or are driven by a pinion. Internal gears are spur gears turned “inside out.” In other words, the teeth are cut into the inside diameter while the outside diameter is kept smooth.