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Posts tagged "Robotics"

Harvest Automation aids in agricultural robotics.

Robots Can Now Tend Your Garden For You
BEN SCHILLER, fastcoexist.com

Harvest Automation’s new robots are the latest addition to the farm.

One of Harvest Automation’s new nursery bots can work 10 hours a day for $40—a lot less than even an illegal worker might get for the same job. And, as an employer, you have n…

This robot restuarant in Kunshan, China offers a glimpse into the future.

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Robot restaurant where machines cook and serve food to customers

A restaurant in Kunshan, China, employed a team of 15 androids to cook and deliver food. The cute side of the Robocalypse. 

The restaurant has a total of 15 robots in heights of 1.2 meters. Each robot costs 40,000 yuan (6500 US dollars).

As doormen, cooks and waiters, the robots can work continuously for eleven hours after a night charge, and are able to use 40 basic language expressions, such as welcoming sentences to customers.

Singular instance? Nope. There is another restaurant in Harbin, China with 18 robot workers and a fully automated japanese sushi restaurant.

[read more] [photo credit AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE]

(via scienceyoucanlove)

A look at a 1,000 strong robotic swarm in action.

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A self-organizing thousand kilobot robot swarm

Scientist at Harvard SEAS & Wyss Institute created the first thousand-robot flash mob:

Following simple programmed rules, autonomous robots arrange themselves into vast, complex shapes

“Form a sea star shape,” directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to blink at one another and then gradually arrange themselves into a five-pointed star. “Now form the letter K.”

The ‘K’ stands for Kilobots, the name given to these extremely simple robots, each just a few centimeters across, standing on three pin-like legs. Instead of one highly-complex robot, a “kilo” of robots collaborate, providing a simple platform for the enactment of complex behaviors.

Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, the Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors performed en masse (see video). To computer scientists, they also represent a significant milestone in the development of collective artificial intelligence (AI).

[read more] [Image courtesy of Mike Rubenstein and Science/AAAS] [kilobots on futurescope]

The Robolympics for 2020 would be wonderful!

rtamerica:

Japanese leader proposes first-ever ‘Robot Olympics’

Nations of the world will be sending their most talented athletes to Tokyo in 2020 for the Olympic Games – but if Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gets his way, they might also be pitting robots against each other.

Abe announced his vision while touring robotics factories in Tokyo and Saitama, which is located just north of the country’s capital. According to Japan’s Jiji Press (translated via Agence France-Presse), the prime minister said a Robot Olympics would be a great way to showcase advances in the field around the globe.

“In 2020, I would like to gather all of the world’s robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills,” he said.

(via wildcat2030)

A look at Jibo - the latest offering in household robotics.

singularitarian:

Meet Jibo. On track to exist next year, Jibo is being marketed as “the world’s first family robot.” The bulbous little guy can read to kids in the living room, recite recipes in the kitchen, take photos in the yard, and perform a handful of other simple tasks. Jibo is also a little bit creepy.

The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall is a building constructed using robotic fabrication. (wonderful!)

fuckyeahfutureshock:cted

Soon to be fully automatic.

ryanpanos:

Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall | ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart | Via

The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall is an architectural prototype building and a showcase for the current developments in computational design and robotic fabrication for lightweight timber construction. Funded by the European Union and the state of Baden‐Württemberg, the building is the first to have its primary structure entirely made of robotically prefabricated beech plywood plates. The newly developed timber construction offers not only innovative architectural possibilities; it is also highly resource efficient, with the load bearing plate structure being just 50mm thin. This is made possible through integrative computational design, simulation, fabrication and surveying methods.

This soft robotic quadruped is innovative, and open source.

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Soft Robot Glaucus by Super Releaser

"Glaucus the open source soft robotic quadruped with no hard moving parts available for download" - The Future/Skynet is near.

The Glaucus, named after the Blue Sea Slug (Glaucus Atlanticus), is an open source soft robotic quadruped from Super-Releaser { http://superreleaser.com }. It is a proof of concept for a method developed at Super-Releaser that can reproduce nearly any geometry modeled on the computer as a seamless silicone skin. The company hopes to apply these same techniques to practical problems in medicine and engineering as the technology develops.

The quadruped has hollow interior chambers that interdigitate with one another. When either of these chambers is pressurized it deforms and bends the structure of the robot. This bending produces the walking motion. It is similar to how a salamander walks, by balancing itself on one pair of legs diagonal from one another while moving the opposite pair forward.

Super-Releaser is an open source company. You can find links to all of its research, including downloads for 3d printing your own Glaucus, on { http://superreleaser.com }. You can find supplemental information on how this technology was developed at { http://bit.ly/softrobots }. If you have any questions about the Glaucus, soft robotics, or the tutorials Super-Releaser has authored, please visit the Soft Robotics Forum at { http://forum.superreleaser.com }.

For more details:
* Make your own walking soft robot - http://learn.adafruit.com/soft-quadru…
* Download the source files - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:277171/
* More info on Super-Releaser - http://superreleaser.com/about-us/
* More information about the methods behind these robots - http://har.ms/b/CMA
* Photos of the process - https://flic.kr/s/aHsjVkYNy2

Credits:
* Robot Design/Fabrication - Matthew Borgatti http://har.ms
* CG Animation - Edmund Earle http://www.edgeworxstudios.com/
* Narration - Mark Ryes http://markryes.com
* Music - Noqturne: Bluberryz http://www.jamendo.com/en/list/a44632…

[Super Releaser] [Download the Glaucus] [via motherboard] [picture by superreleaser]