Robotics http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8215/more en Connect Four - Robot vs. Human http://machinedesign.com/connect-four-robot-vs-human <div class="node-body link-body">Think you're good enough to take on Mr. Roboto in a game of Connect Four? DENSO Robotics uses their 6-axis robot arm, machine vision, and motion control analysis to create a worthy opponent - most people we saw try the demo were soundly defeated with mechanical precision.</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="http://machinedesign.com/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/ConnectFourVideo_Promo.gif?1424441654" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/connect-four-robot-vs-human" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Robotics Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:13:00 +0000 46591 at http://machinedesign.com DENSO 6-Axis Robot Arm Demonstrates Fluid Precision http://machinedesign.com/denso-6-axis-robot-arm-demonstrates-fluid-precision <div class="node-body link-body">This demonstration from DENSO Robotics shows the fluid, precise motion of their VS Series 6-axis robot arm. There is liquid in the vial, representative of a laboratory sample, and the articulated arm is able to complete its movements without spilling a drop.</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="http://machinedesign.com/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/DENSO6AxisVideo_Promo.gif?1424441578" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/denso-6-axis-robot-arm-demonstrates-fluid-precision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Robotics Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:12:00 +0000 46581 at http://machinedesign.com Robot Arm Bakes You a Cookie http://machinedesign.com/robot-arm-bakes-you-cookie <div class="node-body link-body">DENSO Robotics had a sure-fire way to attract people to their booth at the 2015 MD&M West Expo: they tasked one of their articulated robot arms to bake and serve cookies on-demand. Guests were able to select from a variety of four cookies on a touchscreen, then the robot arm would acquire their pick, bake it under a heat lamp, and then serve it up warm and ready to eat.</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="http://machinedesign.com/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/RobotCookieVideo_Promo.gif?1424441530" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/robot-arm-bakes-you-cookie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Robotics Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:11:00 +0000 46571 at http://machinedesign.com Humanoid Atlas Robot Recreates Scene from "The Karate Kid" http://machinedesign.com/humanoid-atlas-robot-recreates-scene-karate-kid <div class="node-body link-body">Boston Dynamics and IHMC engineers showcased some impressive control algorithms and had some fun programming their humanoid ATLAS robot to recreate various poses whilst balanced on a stack of cinder blocks, including the crane kick stance made famous in "The Karate Kid".</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="http://machinedesign.com/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/ATLAS%20Karate%20Kid.JPG?1418318544" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/humanoid-atlas-robot-recreates-scene-karate-kid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Robotics Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:21:00 +0000 45151 at http://machinedesign.com Roboticists and Biologists Learn from Sidewinder Rattlesnakes http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/roboticists-and-biologists-learn-sidewinder-rattlesnakes <div class="field-byline"> Stephen Mraz </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Sidewinders teach biologists and roboticists a thing or two.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/roboticists-and-biologists-learn-sidewinder-rattlesnakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/roboticists-and-biologists-learn-sidewinder-rattlesnakes#comments Robotics Motion Control Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:44:00 +0000 41431 at http://machinedesign.com <p>Researchers studied sidewinder rattlesnakes moving up and across surfaces looking for insights into giving robots more mobility.&nbsp;</p> Drones learn to observe environment and steer clear http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear <div class="node-body blog-body">Late in 2012, maker-tinkerer and technical writer Paul Wallich created a buzz when he wrote about the drone he built to walk his son to the bus stop each morning. Fast-forward to 2014: Now researchers think they have a new way to make such UAVs and other vehicles more nimble in the face of environmental variables. The design uses neuromorphic sensors (that get triggered by sudden events) instead of the standard inertia-measuring sensors (such as accelerometers and gyroscopes) to track motion.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear#comments Editorial Comment Robotics Community Product Design Engineering Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:49:00 +0000 39301 at http://machinedesign.com Soft-Touch Robots Nix Complicated Kinematics and Delicate Force/Torque Sensors with Software to Improve Complex Machining http://machinedesign.com/robotics/soft-touch-robots-nix-complicated-kinematics-and-delicate-forcetorque-sensors-software-impr <div class="field-deck"> A brand-new robot called the Touch Robot uses direct-drive motors, software algorithms, and cable-based actuators to finish and polish aerospace and other parts. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Polishing, machining, and grinding are now easier with soft robots using direct-drive low-inertia links instead of series-elastic actuators or kinematics fitted with force/torque sensors. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/robotics/soft-touch-robots-nix-complicated-kinematics-and-delicate-forcetorque-sensors-software-impr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/robotics/soft-touch-robots-nix-complicated-kinematics-and-delicate-forcetorque-sensors-software-impr#comments Robotics Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:02:00 +0000 36741 at http://machinedesign.com Exclusive interview: Gill Pratt on how compliant actuators revolutionized robotics http://machinedesign.com/springs/exclusive-interview-gill-pratt-how-compliant-actuators-revolutionized-robotics <div class="node-body article-body">DARPA’s Gill Pratt explains compliant actuators for robotic design.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/springs/exclusive-interview-gill-pratt-how-compliant-actuators-revolutionized-robotics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/springs/exclusive-interview-gill-pratt-how-compliant-actuators-revolutionized-robotics#comments Robotics Springs Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:40:00 +0000 35861 at http://machinedesign.com Courtesy Robotics & Multibody Mechanics Research Group, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels Technology forecast 2014: Robots priced for the masses http://machinedesign.com/robotics/technology-forecast-2014-robots-priced-masses <div class="node-body article-body">Non-industrial robots are getting better at executing modest to moderately complicated tasks and their numbers are on the rise thanks to new design approaches, open-source controls and hardware, forgiving actuators, and 3D-printed linkages.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/robotics/technology-forecast-2014-robots-priced-masses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/robotics/technology-forecast-2014-robots-priced-masses#comments Robotics Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:59:00 +0000 33321 at http://machinedesign.com Image Gallery: Robotic and literal heavy metal band rocks NYC http://machinedesign.com/pneumatics/image-gallery-robotic-and-literal-heavy-metal-band-rocks-nyc <div class="node-body gallery-body">Tuesday, November 12 German rock band "Compressorhead" performed for crowds in Union Square, NYC. The three band members (Fingers, Bones, and Stickboy) are 5 feet tall and made from scrap metal. Their function is made possible by electro pneumatics with behind the scenes help using a Midi controller for music.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/pneumatics/image-gallery-robotic-and-literal-heavy-metal-band-rocks-nyc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/pneumatics/image-gallery-robotic-and-literal-heavy-metal-band-rocks-nyc#comments Controllers Robotics Metals Pneumatics Gallery Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:17:00 +0000 32131 at http://machinedesign.com