The COmpliant huMANoid COMAN is developed by the Department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR), Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). http://www.iit.it/en/research/departm…
All the achievements shown in this video are attributed to the team work of the Humanoid Group in ADVR, IIT.
DARPA’s Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program is developing software, hardware and sensors to enable robots to semi-autonomously grasp and manipulate objects in unstructured environments (meaning, “outside of a laboratory”) with human operators providing only task-level instructions.
For example, rather than dictating step-by-step every movement a robot makes, a human can give DARPA’s ARM robot a high-level command like “Open the door” or “Screw in the bolt.” Performers on the ARM program have already demonstrated success using one arm and hand to manipulate objects. Now DARPA is having teams test two arms and hands on tasks that require bimanual manipulation, like the robot changing a tire shown in this video. If DARPA is successful with grasping and manipulation, while also making robots more adaptable to changing environments and driving down the cost of production, robotic manipulation systems can be applied to a wide range of potentially dangerous Department of Defense applications, including defusing improvised explosive devices and searching bags.
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Lego Announces Mindstorms EV3, a More ‘Hackable’ Robotics Kit
As in the previous set, theMindstorms NXT, the EV3 comes with hundreds of Lego bricks, plus four motors and five sensors, including a new infrared unit that can be used as robotic eyes or to allow a robot to follow a remote control.
One of the biggest upgrades is the EV3 programmable brick, the heart of every Mindstorms project. The brick has been revamped internally and externally. The central processor is an ARM 9 chip, with 64 MB of RAM and 16 MB of Flash built in for storing programs. A SD-slot allows the memory to be expanded, and there’s a better display.
The objective of this competition is to be able to manipulate the objects on the field. This can be demonstrated by being able to move a box from one table to another, place a box in a basket, use pick and place method to place a box on another table, and pick up a box off of the floor. All of this should be done while avoiding objects such as walls and objects placed on the floor.