Robot Videos of Week: Robotics Talk, Research, Innovation and Exhibition

Robot Videos of Week: Robotics Talk, Research, Innovation and Exhibition

May 29, 2016 @ 14:36 | 

Robotics Talks:

The Future is Here | Dennis Kambeitz | TEDxRundleAcademy

What will happen in the near future when work and jobs are completely transformed by the robotics? Will society experience a significant paradigm shift? What will schools have to do so that the students of today are ready for tomorrow? 

Throughout his career, Dennis has experienced a high level of success by focusing on my clietn’s needs and providing them with innovative solutions, whether they be strategic or product based. Through EZ-Robot, Dennis became involved in the Educational Technology sector, and discovered a passion for helping students use technology to achieve their greatest potential. It’s his pleasure to assist educators in understanding what the future will look like, and to provide meaningful direction that will result in his students having a competitive advantage in their education and careers. 

A new development frontier: Android + Pepper the interactive robot – Google I/O 2016

Android applications have been built that entertain us, connect us with one another, organize our lives, and much more. Pepper is a humanoid robot from SoftBank Robotics, and in this session, engineers from SoftBank Robotics will explore the capabilities, practicalities and opportunities of this exciting development landscape. Developers will gain insights into writing interactive applications for Pepper, from creating custom animations to specialized dialogue sequences. Attendees will even get to see Pepper in action.

Robotics Revolution

Robotics Revolution: rehab and robotics and the future of SCI, featuring talks on exoskeletons including ReWalk by Dr. Jaynie Yang and the Ekso by Dr. Amanda Chisholm, followed by a Q&A. Community Research Meeting, March 7 2016.

RobeSafe – Video Presentation 2016

The RobeSafe Research Group at the Department of Electronics of the University of Alcalá is focused on perception systems applied to the fields of Service Robotics and e-Safety in different research projects. Our team is now composed by 14 researchers of which 7 are doctors.

The goal of this presentation video is to introduce the main projects and systems developed by research group within the recent past.


Robotics Research:

Force controlled shape exploration using continuum robots

This is a multimedia extension showing hybrid position force control for continuum robots. The video is associated with this publication:  Andrea Bajo and Nabil Simaan,”Hybrid motion/force control of multi-backbone continuum robots” The International Journal of Robotics Research 0278364915584806, first published on July 20, 2015 doi:10.1177/0278364915584806.

The recent growth of surgical applications exploiting continuum robots demands for new control paradigms that ensure safety by controlling interaction forces of tele-operated end-effectors. Multi-backbone continuum robots allow to estimate forces and torques at the operational point by monitoring loads along their actuation lines without the need for a dedicated transducer at the operational point. This capability is indeed crucial in emerging fields such as robotic surgery where cost and strict sterilization guidelines prevent the adoption of a dedicated sensor to provide force feedback from the sterile field

Continuum robots surgery

2D Visual Place Recognition for Domestic Service Robots at Night

Domestic service robots such as lawn mowing and vacuum cleaning robots are the most numerous consumer robots in existence today. While early versions employed random exploration, recent systems fielded by most of the major manufacturers have utilized range-based and visual sensors and user-placed beacons to enable robots to map and localize. However, active range and visual sensing solutions have the disadvantages of being intrusive, expensive, or only providing a 1D scan of the environment, while the requirement for beacon placement imposes other practical limitations.

 Researchers present a passive and potentially cheap vision-based solution to 2D localization at night that combines easily obtainable day-time maps with low resolution contrast-normalized image matching algorithms, image sequence-based matching in two-dimensions, place match interpolation and recent advances in conventional low light camera technology.

In a range of experiments over a domestic lawn and in a lounge room, we demonstrate that the proposed approach enables 2D localization at night, and analyse the effect on performance of varying odometry noise levels, place match interpolation and sequence matching length. They showed that how it can enable robust place recognition even in an environment lit only by a moonless sky, raising the tantalizing possibility of being able to apply all conventional vision algorithms, even in the darkest of nights.
Paper details: 
James Mount, Michael J Milford, “2D Visual Place Recognition for Domestic Service Robots at Night”, in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2016.


Robotics Exhibitions:

Innorobo 2016:

Innorobo, renowned as Europe’s only international event 100% dedicated to robotics and all disruptive innovations from around the world, showcases technological innovations that offer solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s societal challenges.

It brings together a vast Service Robotics ecosystem of decision makers, from researchers to directors of large groups, to educational leaders, institutions, the media and start-ups.

At Innorobo, leaders from all industries pick up on the latest innovations and turn them into market advantages and new growth opportunities.

  • François Bocquet – DNE Ministère éducation National

  • Russian robotics companies hit Paris as Innorobo 2016 kicks off

  • Albert Efimov- Head of Skolkovo Robotics

  • MAxime Vallet – Evotion

  • Pepper the hospitality robot at your service

REEM-C Humanoid and TIAGo – ICRA 2016 | PAL Robotics

Humanoid REEM-C loved going for walks all around the ICRA 2016 exhibition area, mixing up with conference delegates and visiting robotic colleagues from other stands. The demo which attracted most attention was a Whole Body Control software used by REEM-C to accomplish one goal with its whole humanoid body – in this case, the goal was to point at a marker with its index finger. This specific demo was developed for the socSMCs EU FET project.

Attendees could try themselves to smoothly move TIAGo’s arm in gravity compensation mode, or feel its strength by handshaking. The mobile manipulator was also guided through the venue by pulling its arm, and used the PAL Robotics’ Whole Body Control software to track a marker and keep pointing at it while avoiding its joint limits. TIAGo is suitable for research in both Ambient Assisted living and industry 4.0 environments, and ICRA 2016 demos showed different possibilities the robot opens.

Programming YuMi robot with touch screen at ICRA 2016

Jon Tjerngren, researcher at ABB Corporate Research, demonstrates how the collaborative robot YuMi can be programmed through a touch screen interface. Interviewed by Stefan Drakensjö, ABB, at ICRA 2016.

Maker Faire 2016 (Bay Area) 3d printing, Robotics, Laser Cutting & MORE!

So many unique creations at Maker Faire! :
3d printer for kids, 3d printed faces, coke bottle Mentos rocket, Giant robots, vr glasses, laser cutting, life size mousetrap, laser cutters, led lights, glowing art, the aurora range RGB glowing art, huge walls of art, bubbles, fire, speakers with corn starch, science experiments, floating art on magnets, robotic arms, hand controlled drones, GIANT robot costumes, moving octopus, cool toys, awesome people, el wire art, rgb cables, battery powered LED’s, destroying cars, dancing robots, light up water, glow paper, light up bike wheels, dark room with blow up glowing statue art, stilts, detailed metal art, plastic cup lights with sequence controllers, RBG shirts, cannons that shoot AIR!, TAPE art and whole cities made of tape, automatic drills, 3d printing upside down, art cars, rainbow throw up, crazy light up clocks, 3d printed food, 3d printed pancake art! Robotic chess, chicken art car, minecraft sword, steampunk fashion, automatic flipbook animation, GIANT lego car, life size transformer, dragon, 3d sewing machine, 3d drawing machine, 3d printed earrings and accessories, carnival rides, rainbow hair and galaxy hair on awesome kids, dancing robots, bike powered stage, cardboard 3d art, 3d sculptures, unnecessarily high five hands, 3d glasses, tapigami, Tesla’s LumiLor lit electric glowing environmental car, robot Rubik’s cube solver, converted electric cars, smiles, burning man art, and love.

Achieving the vision of easy robot programming – KUKA @ Hannover Fair 2016

A video in KUKU Hannover Fair 2016 movie series.

The KUKA booth at Hannover Fair 2016 was THE place to learn about smart factories, connecting robots and other automation equipment to the cloud, the benefits of machine learning and big data for optimized production, new easier robot programming methods, flexible methods of matrixed production, as well as some new KUKA robots and how it all fits into the 4th industrial revolution – Industrie 4.0. 

In this video KUKA explores vision for a future of easier robot programming using graphical interfaces combined with collaborative robotics, such as the LBR iiwa. By making it easier to program robots — and reprogram them — the benefits of implementing robots can be obtained by a much larger group, including in industries which may not have been able to implement robots to this point. 


 Robotics Innovation:

KUKA Mobile Platforms – Unique Drive Concept [Read Detail]

In order to move in tight operational areas and to avoid obstacles mobile robots should have good mobility and maneuverability. These capabilities mainly depend on the robot’s wheel design. To operate in such tight area, KUKA introduces an omnidirectional autonomous mobile robot, thanks to its special Mecanum wheels. The term of omnidirectional is used to describe the ability of a system to move instantaneously in any direction from any configuration.

Clever Autonomy for Mobile Robots – KUKA Navigation Solution [Read Detail]

CARLoS Project – Robotnik

The CARLoS project applies recent advances in cooperative mobile robotics, to a representative industrial scenario in shipyards. CARLoS robot is built using off-the-shelf technology under a modular approach. Robot co-worker for fit-out operations inside blocks of ship superstructures.

RB-1 – Robotic mobile manipulator – Robotnik

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