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Video demo of the kenzoh humanoid robot )via University of Tokyo)   Our attempts to recreate the human body are often remarkably simple approximations compared to the real thing. Most of the time increasing complexity gives rise to other unforeseen problems but nature has given us one of the most versatile machines, and we know very well how we are designed so we will certainly try to replicate it. At the same time, there are many things that a human body cannot do, which gives rise to bot ...
  In the aftermath of hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis or even human error, nuclear power plants pose monumental hazards that must be addressed immediately. Radioactive environments may impede this fast action and limited protective gear can limit humans from taking appropriate and safe action. For this reason, Toshiba has developed and is now testing a tetrapod robot capable of withstanding dangerous radiation while delivering valuable information from inside damaged or decommissioned nu ...
  Finally, a robot that actually plays a musical instrument…well sort of. It may not hold a bass guitar but it does pluck real bass strings.     James McVay, recent graduate from the Victoria University of Wellington made a very ambitious honors project and built a programmable robotic bass guitar he calls MechBass.     The way it works is by sliding fretting carriages, along four custom rails, according to software that converts MIDI signals to a specific fr ...
Cabe Atwell

Musical swarm bots

Posted by Cabe Atwell Dec 6, 2012
  Swarms of robots have been designed and demonstrated to move in sync with one another, and analyzing and optimizing movements within the environment. In the case of the environment, the bots optimized how to best approach and maneuver around objects. At Georgia Robotics and InTelligent Systems(Grits) lab researchers have been using a group of swarm bots communicating with each other by cameras and special “hats” to compose music.     Given the task of composing a ...
"Sky" bot from Disney Reasearch (via Playing Catch and Juggling with a Humanoid Robot)     Ok, so the robot may induce a sense of fear into children playing with it, but it certainly makes up for its lack of personality with its dexterity. The robot in question is Disney Research's ‘Sky’ A-100 Audio Animatronics (hydraulic humanoid robot), which was designed to play catch or perform a two-man juggling routine. This is thanks to the bot's 39 degrees of freedom, 38 of which a ...

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