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Schlagwort: Robots

Ein sich selbst reparierender und optimierender Roboter

Ingenieure der Universität Tokio haben einem Roboter beigebracht, wie er sich selbst reparieren kann. So ist er in der Lage, Schrauben an sich zu lockern und sie festzuziehen. Außerdem hat er sich einen Haken zum Aufhängen einer Einkaufstasche an die Schulter gebaut. Was man als Roboter halt so braucht.

At the moment, the robot can’t directly detect on its own whether a particular screw needs tightening, although it can tell if its physical pose doesn’t match its digital model, which suggests that something has gone wonky. It can also check its screws autonomously from time to time, or rely on a human physically pointing out that it has a screw loose, using the human’s finger location to identify which screw it is. Another challenge is that most robots, like most humans, are limited in the areas on themselves that they can comfortably reach. So to tighten up everything, they might have to find themselves a robot friend to help, just like humans help each other put on sunblock.

(Direktlink, via BoingBoing)

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Atlas the Robot kann jetzt Gymnastik

Neues aus dem Hause Boston Dynamics: Atlas, der uns mittlerweile allen bekannte humanoid wirkende Roboter, kann jetzt auch Gymnastik, was ihn noch menschlicher wirken lässt. Und wie ich es jedes Mal schreibe, wenn ich über Atlas schreibe: gleichsam beeindruckend wie unheimlich.

Atlas uses its whole body — legs, arms, torso — to perform a sequence of dynamic maneuvers that form a gymnastic routine. We created the maneuvers using new techniques that streamline the development process. First, an optimization algorithm transforms high-level descriptions of each maneuver into dynamically-feasible reference motions. Then Atlas tracks the motions using a model predictive controller that smoothly blends from one maneuver to the next.


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Ich finde den Clip ja irgendwie auch ein kleines bisschen dystopisch, aber so könnte die Zukunft wohl aussehen.

Digit is strong enough to pick up and stack boxes weighing up to 40 lb (18 kg), as well as durable enough to catch itself during a fall using its arms to decelerate. In addition to the physical changes, the control system for Digit has been overhauled to enable advanced behaviors such as stair climbing and footstep planning, all controlled through a robust API that can be accessed both onboard the robot and via a wireless link. …out-of-the-box, Digit will be up and walking within five minutes, even for users who are not legged-locomotion control researchers.

(Direktlink, via Laughing Squid)

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