Tag Archives: Robotics

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 [...]

A Portable Raspberry Pi Powered display

If you have a motor to control, the RasPiRobot Board is a very good fit. Apart from controlling motors, you can also use its switch mode voltage supply to power your RBPi or Raspberry Pi using a large range of battery types. Therefore, with a pack of AA type batteries and the RasPiRobot shield, you can make a very convenient and portable RBPi powered display. To make an RBPi display that will show the current time as a scrolling text, you need to collect a few parts. These would be – the Adafruit Read more [...]

The RasPiRobot Board for the Raspberry Pi

In robotics, it is usual to have to drive a few motors with the RBPi or Raspberry Pi. However, instead of letting the RBPi handle the low-level job of motor control, using a motor controller board is another option. This frees the RBPi for handling more of the high-level code, resulting in better utilization of the resources and improving the efficiency of the project. For turning your RBPi into a proper motor controller, you can use the RasPiRobot Board. Apart from simply running your motors Read more [...]

Controlling Robotics Through Brain Waves

Imagine moving things about with nothing more than just your brain waves. This is not some science fiction movie with an exaggerated depiction of an obscure term called Telekinesis – the art of moving matter with thought. Some 15-20 patients have joined studies of brain implants that can convey information from the brain to a computer. These include patients in advanced stages of ALS and those completely or partially paralyzed. All the patients have undergone similar tests conducted by BrainGate, Read more [...]