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    Watch This – Flexible Muscle-Based Locomotion for Bipedal Creatures

    by  • January 14, 2014 • News, Videos • 0 Comments

    We present a muscle-based control method for simulated bipeds in which both the muscle routing and control parameters are optimized. This yields a generic locomotion control method that supports a variety of bipedal creatures. All actuation forces are the result of 3D simulated muscles, and a model of neural delay is included for all feedback paths. As a result, our controllers generate torque patterns that incorporate biomechanical constraints. The synthesized controllers find different gaits based on target speed, can cope with uneven terrain and external perturbations, and can steer to target directions.

    While the technology behind is undoubtedly very complex, there’s something about watching boxes get thrown at a overweight block figure that’s mesmorising, and be sure to make it to the outtakes!

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    Watch This – NASA JPL’s RoboSimian

    by  • January 14, 2014 • Featured, News, Videos • 1 Comment

    Meet RoboSimian, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s official entry at the DARPA Robotics Challenge in December 2013. Also known as “Clyde,” the robot is is four-footed, but can also stand on two feet. It has four general-purpose limbs and hands capable of both mobility and manipulation. It came in 5th place out of 16 entries. See RoboSimian in action at the disaster-response competition. Challenges includes turning a valve, traversing uneven terrain, clearing debris, opening and passing through doorways.

    Via: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory  (YouTube)

    ROBOY, An Advanced Tendon-Driven Humanoid Robot

    by  • January 14, 2014 • News, Videos • 0 Comments

    ROBOY is a tendon-driven humanoid Robot developed by engineers at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich and over 10 different institutes and companies. ROBOY was built in 9 months and funded by crowdsourced money. The idea was to create the “most state-of-the-art robotics technology”, while the system is undoubtedly progressive, there are too many aspects of robotics to say definitevly that one is the most advanced.