Tag Archives: Robotics

SALTO the Agile Jumping Robot

In the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab at UC Berkeley, Duncan Haldane is responsible for numerous bite-sized bio-inspired robots—robots with hairs, robots with tails, robots with wings, and running robots. Haldane and the other members of the lab look at the most talented and capable animals for inspiration for their robotic designs. The African Galago or Bushbaby is one such animal. It is a fluffy, cute, talented, and capable little jumping animal weighing only a few kilos. However, this little Read more [...]

Six-Legged Robot is faster than Insects

Evolution follows very intelligent designs, filtering out the failures by trial and error. However, evolution in nature takes place over billions of years, but that span of time may not be available to designers of robots. Usually, robotics design, inspired by biology, is about the designer figuring out the clever tricks that evolution has perfected and applying them to the robot for beating nature at her own game. For instance, studies have shown that most six-legged insects move with a tripedal Read more [...]

An Autonomous Robot Called Bat Bot or B2

Although detested and at the same time revered by people all over the world, bats are undoubtedly remarkable creatures when it comes to their ability to fly. While birds do perform the most nimble aerobatics, and most fishes swim superbly in water, bats possess the most refined powered flight mechanism, unmatched in the animal kingdom. Now a team of scientists has studied the way bats fly, and have built the first robot to mimic their flight mechanism. They have named the robot Bat Bot, or B2. The Read more [...]

Soft Robots Mimic Biological Movements

At Harvard University, researchers have developed a model for designing soft robots. The special features of these robots include bending as a human index finger does and twisting like a thumb when a single pressure source powers the robots. For long, scientists have followed a process of trial and error for designing a soft robot that moves organically—twisting as a human wrist does, or bending just like a finger. Now, at the Wyss Institute for Biologically inspired Engineering and the Harvard Read more [...]

The Raspberry Pi MeARM

Arms are a favorite with robotic enthusiasts. The number of joints in an arm ensures this. For instance, an arm can be made to rotate a full circle, and bend to almost at right angles. Each finger on an arm can be manipulated independently, and each finger can have at least three joints. Therefore, an arm with even two fingers and an opposing thumb can pick up objects—with pressure sensing. A simple project such as an arm can become as complicated as one can make it. The above reasons made the Read more [...]

What Are The Cobots?

When inventors Joseph Eagleburger and George Devol were discussing about science fiction novels in 1954, they initiated the idea of industrial robots. It took them six years to give shape to their idea and Unimate entered a secure place in the robotic hall of fame, as the world’s first industrial robot. In 1961, Unimate began working on the assembly lines of the General Motors. At first, people looked on with suspicion on the safety issues related to Unimate. At the time, the only reference Read more [...]

What are Light-Emitting Capacitors good for?

HLEC, or Hyper-elastic Light-Emitting Capacitors are good for making electroluminescent skin for robotics, and you can do a lot with them. That is according to Dr. Rob Shepard of Cornell University and his team of graduate students, who have published a paper on the electroluminescent skin they have developed recently. The team was inspired to develop the electroluminescent skin by observing several cephalopods such as the Octopus. According to the team, their material can change its color, just Read more [...]

Build a Humanoid Robot from Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi or RBPi is the ubiquitous low-cost, credit card sized single board computer with huge potential starting from teaching youngsters computer programming to driving robots on Mars. However, when Tyler Spadgenske tried his hands on RBPi, he used the SBC to create Andy – a completely open-source humanoid robot. Tyler has tried to make Andy a connected robot. Andy can connect to humans through speech, using language as humans do – for answering questions. With access to the Internet, Read more [...]

The GoPiGo Robot Kit for the Raspberry Pi

Making a robot work with the tiny computer Raspberry Pi or RBPi has never been so easy. If you use the RBPi robot kit GoPiGo, all you will need is a small screwdriver with a Phillips head. The GoPiGo kit comes in a box that contains a battery box for eight or 6 AA batteries, two bags of hardware, two bags of acrylic parts, two motors, the GoPiGo board and a pair of wheels. For assembling all this into a working robot, follow these step-by-step instructions. You start with the biggest acrylic part Read more [...]

What Can the Raspberry Pi Do After Dark?

A lot more goes on in the museums of the world at night, after everyone has vacated the premises and the guards have locked up the place, than one can imagine. The situation may not be as dramatic as what Ben Stiller shows us in the movie, "Night at the Museum," but still, it does warrant a serious investigation. This is what Tate Britain has done with its After Dark project with help from the inaugural IK Prize. Tate Britain has one of the largest art collections in the world. In August 2014, Read more [...]