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Tag: Humanoid Robots

IEEE Spectrum: Kengoro the Robot That Sweats

At the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) this week, Japanese researchers presented a novel idea of how to cool humanoid robots in a much more efficient way: Design them to be able to sweat water straight out of their bones.  

Atlas Balancing on Line

The humanoid robot Atlas balancing on a line contact (plywood edge approx. 2cm thick). This video was recorded during a lucky run, usually the robot is not able to maintain balance for this long. The shaking is caused by poor state estimation (we only use onboard sensors). The control algorithm is developed by IHMC the …

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EMIEW is a humanoid robot ready to help guide you

Hitachi has developed EMIEW since 2005, and now released the third version in the series. This model has a top speed of 3.7 kilometers per hour. It has a so called “remote brain” with embedded sensors and access to external cameras in the building. These provide the robot with all the information necessary for an …

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AMBER-Lab: DURUS Walks like a Human

Human-like walking on the humanoid robot DURUS. The robot displays the natural heel-strike and toe push-off behaviors that play a key role in human locomotion.

University of Washington: ADROIT Manipulation Platform

This video summarized the developments with the ADROIT Manipulation Platform along the lines of hardware capabilities and manipulation behaviors. Video posted by Vikash Kumar, who is a graduate student at CSE, University of Washington’s Movement Control Lab.

Boston Dynamics: Atlas, The Next Generation

This version of Atlas can walk over rough terrain without safety cables, it runs on battery power, it can squat and pick up boxes, open doors, if pushed violently with a hockey stick it maintains its balance. Perhaps its most incredible accomplishment, it can stand back up after falling down. A new version of Atlas, …

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Robot with human reflexes

Researchers from MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have designed an interface that takes advantage of a human’s split-second reflexes allowing a humanoid to maintain its balance and complete tasks. (Learn more: ) Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT Additional footage courtesy of the researchers  

SPLOID: How far are we from Terminator’s killing robots? DARPA has the answer

The new Terminator movie comes out on July 1. Would we ever see killer robots so advanced? Probably. But looking at DARPA’s 2015 robot challenge, it looks like it’s going to take a loooooong time. Just don’t laugh too loud or they will kill come back to kill you in a couple of decades.