MABEL: Running bipedal robot with knees

On August 30, 2011, in Robotics, Technology, by Mike Jefferson

Robots have proven that they can do all sorts of things, from singing and playing instruments, to learning on their own, but the only limitation that robots have is their running speed and movement, but this latest robot could change that.

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P2 robot companion for bachelors

On August 24, 2010, in Robotics, Technology, by Mike Jefferson

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, robots are the future. Over the years, we saw that robots can do almost anything, but not well as humans though. They are very skillful and useful and they can even be great companions as well. After the robotic child Aimec, here’s the latest robotic find that will keep company to bachelors.

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bioloidWe’ve seen plenty of humanoid robots here on GadgetLite, but we probably haven’t seen any as unique as this. Programmed by student Marko Wickrath in association with the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany & University of Manitoba, Canada. This robot isn’t just demonstrating a remarkable amount of coordinated and reproducible agility, in fact, the robot hasn’t been given a set piece of instructions on which step it should take next. It’s actually deciding autonomously where to place each hand and foot based on an image of the wall from an external camera and what the robot knows about its own capabilities. It therefore almost “thinks” and knows its limits, weighs out pros and cons before taking any further action.

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Automakers are always constantly brainstorming for new ideas, these also include robots. Like Honda’s ASIMO robot, Toyota’s new humanoid prototype hopes to portrait us and the functions and capabilities which we take for granted in our everyday lives. Toyota’s new humanoid stands 130cm tall and weighs 50Kg, its legs have seven degrees of freedom allowing it to run at an average speed of 7 km/h. In contrast, their rival – ASIMO’s maximum speed is only 6km/h. In order to achieve this, Toyota researchers had to develop new real-time methods for balance control. These methods make it possible for the robot to remain balanced when an external force (for example, when a 100m race gets dirty!) is applied while it is in motion.


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Lynxmotion’s latest robotic gadget known as Robonova may be considered as even cooler than some of the Transformers 2 movie Prime toys which have been released (depending on which side you’re on!). One thing there is no doubt about is that the Robonova is capable of some of the coolest moves we’ve seen from a robot. In fact, the Robonova may be at the starting point in which humanoid robots can start performing acts / moves that not all humans can do themselves!

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Robonova’s movements are programmable, its body is highly flexible but still resembles much of that of a human.

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KOBIAN is a humanoid robot that is able to walk about and interact with humans like other robots. What makes KOBIAN different is that it can use its entire body and its facial expressions to display a variety of emotions. Take a look at the following funny pictures and the video.

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Check out full pictures and video of Kobian after the break…

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