Finally, an easy 3D robot simulator

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2008 by flakki

3D Robot Simulator

Cogmation Robotics has released a 3D Robot Simulator and Graphical Robotic Development Environment that looks to be on first impressions much easier to use than other currently competing products. Looks like it might actually be fun too.

Self aware robots?

Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Robotics Video, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2007 by flakki

I think that’s over-inflating the title of your speech if you ask me. Still Hod Lipson’s TED conference talk on emergent order pertaining to robot locomotion was interesting. The concepts stray a little into the realm of self-indulgent pursuit of curiosity and novelty, however more the ideas could provide a base for more practical applications.

Roaches Follow Scurrying Robots

Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Bio-mechanical, Robotics, Technology on December 12, 2007 by flakki

I guess in the future, when you turn on the lights in a gas station washroom, tiny robots will scurry away. A new paper studies the effects of robots exhibiting roach-like behaviour on real cockroaches. What’s also an interesting corollary is that the robots were in some instances influenced by the roaches.

The full robot article at Scientific American

And apparently, even writers at SA aren’t above making puns.

Robot Powered by Moth’s Brain

Posted in Artificial Intelligence, News, Robotics, Robotics Video, Technology on December 12, 2007 by flakki

It’s been inevitable that a branch of artificial intelligence would go down a biological path and many have speculated about the emergence of an organic based processor for years. Now it seems, that one of the leaps down the path of merging bio and mech elements is happening via the brain of a moth.

The robot’s motion is guided by a tiny electrode implanted in the moth’s brain, Higgins said, specifically to a single neuron that is responsible for keeping the moth’s vision steady during flight. The neuron transmits electrical signals which are then amplified in the robot’s base and through a mathematical formula, a computer translates the signals into action, making the robot move. “

The experiment claims to be striving to advance the field of neuro-science.

Read more about the experiment.

And please, someone leave them a comment that’s not a pun.

Unique Mobility Concept

Posted in Robotics, Robotics Video, Technology on December 12, 2007 by flakki

Sometimes the unusual actually works. The HRex Robot doesn’t use wheels or legs, but rather a combination of the two. And it works surprisingly well.

See the HRex Robot in Action

“The adorable Boston Dynamics RHex robot uses a combo of legs, wheels and paddles to cover pretty much any terrain, water included. It looks like some sort of frantic animal as it thrashes around in the grass and the sand, but it manages to make it through every time.”

Read more at Gizmodo

Robotic Arm Joyride?

Posted in Fun Robotics, Industrial Robotics, Robotics, Robotics Video, Technology on December 12, 2007 by flakki

Robotic Arm Video

That’s trusting your motion control systems.

Bringing Science Fiction to the Present

Posted in Artificial Intelligence with tags , , , , on November 13, 2007 by flakki

Organic components may seem the stuff of science fiction novels, but cultured brain cells grown inVitro may be the key to a new realm of AI.

“In an Atlanta lab, minibrains in dishes can control robots and computer-simulated animals. They may provide a simple model to study how the brain changes as it learns. Georgia Tech researcher Steve Potter calls his biological-mechanical hybrids Neurally Controlled Animats. Each Animat’s “brain” consists of cultured rat neurons growing on a plate of electrodes. This live culture is linked to an artificial body—either a robotic animal or a computer-simulated one.”

Read more:

Also check out the biotech driven drawings.