The crowd-sourced film made in parts by 50 various filmmakers and stitched together to create a retelling of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven classic.Read more →
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Sentinel is a robot “Rover” type like the one NASA has sent to Mars created by InnoTechnix. Inspired by the “Google Lunar X Prize,” is 6 wheeled robot, equipped with laser, stereoscopic sight mounted atop a rotating head and extendable neck and powered by solar panels. It also enjoys leisurely strolls through the park, and may have just found that special someone.
Rodney Brooks talks about why we will be collaborating with robots rather than competing with them for jobs in industry, how robots working will be beneficial in an aging population and how Baxter could be the future of help at home.
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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!
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.