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Whitney says the device has greater torque per weight (torque density) than highly geared servos or brushless motors coupled with harmonic drives. And more significant: To build an autonomous robot, you'd need a set of motors and a control system capable of replacing the human puppeteer who's manually driving the fluid actuators [below]. John P. Whitney: The original motivation was the same as for the MIT WAM arm and other impedance-based systems designed for human interaction: Using a lightweight high-performance transmission allows placing the drive motors in the body, instead of suffering the cascading inertia if they were placed at each joint. We are learning that many of the "analog" qualities of this system will pay dividends for autonomous "digital" operation; for example, the natural haptic properties of the system can be of equal service to an autonomous control system as they are to a human operator.
Computex has always been a PC show and with good reason--Taiwan designs most of the world's computers and manufactures many of the components that end up in them. But with the PC market still in the doldrums, this year there is a concerted effort to broaden the show to encompass buzzier themes such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and robotics, and virtual reality. That trend was reflected in Intel's opening keynote, which covered a wide range of technology from home gateways to drones to VR gaming to media processing to machine intelligence. That's not say the PC wasn't present. But Intel rushed though the PCs mentioning a handful of innovative PCs (HP Spectre 13, Lenovo Ideacentre 610s and Intel Skull Canyon NUC) and 2-in-1s (Acer Switch 12, Dell Inspiron 11 3000 and Huawei MateBook).
We tried to include videos from many different areas of robotics: control, sensing, humanoids, actuators, exoskeletons, manipulators, prosthetics, aerial vehicles, grasping, AI, VR, haptics, vision, and microrobots. In addition, we tested the performance of the individual gripper components, the aerial vehicle's ability to transfer force to the cups, the system's ability to grip inclined surfaces, and finally the vehicle's ability to grasp a multitude of objects using various numbers of cups. The arm control scheme enables adjustments based on errors in hand position and posture that would be impossible to achieve by finger motions alone, thus allowing the fingers to grasp an object in a laterally symmetric grasp. We propose a space carving approach to design optimal link geom- etry maximizing structural strength and joint limits while minimizing link mass.
And yet this simplistic style of joke-telling is the perfect jumping off point for one of the most exciting and ambitious efforts in the artificial intelligence research community: the quest to develop funny robots. Rather, AI researchers are working to create robots and computers that are in on the joke, able to detect various shades of wit from their human companions, and to fire back in turn with their own wisecracks. "Robots and all other modes of digital humor systems have the ability to create their own distinct styles of humor," Molineux said. "I'm not sure that we'll know when a computer achieves humor perfectly," she cautioned, "but probably when it's capable of generating responses to situational humor rather than getting information from familiar jokes.
This video shows the whole CoCoRo system working together: A base station, a "relay-chain" swarm and a search swarm on the ground.): This video demonstrates the skilled capability of a Baxter robot in 2D drawing and 3D light painting tasks. This talk on soft robot fabrication, by Matthew Borgatti, lead scientist at Super-Releaser, is entitled "My Robot Will Crush You With Its Soft Delicate Hands!" "In this talk Matthew Borgatti, Lead Scientist at Super-Releaser, will take you through the process of turning a puddle of goo into a working soft robot.