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All terrain robots

Pictured above is the RHEX (Robot Hexapod) from the University of Pennsylvania and the imaginatively named ‘Leg Wheel Transformer Robot’ from the National Taiwan University. Both are designed with the potential to enter unsafe and rugged terrain - for instance a collapsed building.

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Not your average robotic hand, this one developed by researchers at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics in Germany “was specifically built tough for jobs that might ding it up.”

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I Have Finally decided what I want to do… mechatronics baby ♥_♥ Its PERFECT 

Only one uni does it in London .. So I’m not sure, Do I just apply to that uni and hope I get in but what if I dont get in :O 

or just chose another course :/ 

UGHHHH … Oh and I only have one week to write my personal statement which means I have to make my decision sooon 

The Epiphyte Chambre Installation by Philip Beesley weaves together interactive media art, mechatronics and synthetic biology. The installation is made of “thousands of lightweight digitally-fabricated components, interconnected halo-like masses that mimic human sensations through subtle, coordinated movements.”

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My friend / colleague is preparing to program the robot. (That weirdly does not have its own name yet.)

The black box is the power source, it is used when the robot is not running on batteries. The charger is a separate device. Marek prepares to program the robot by connecting the chassis to the ground of the USB port on his laptop computer. Our guys learned to do this the hard way, as you’d guess something went very wrong previously…

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It turns out that studying how to make robots grasp objects with their hands is helping researchers figure out how to make robots balance on their feet.

Christian Ott and his team at the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics have discovered a way to keep bipedal robots from falling over by using principles from robot grasping.

As shown in this video released at the 2011 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots in Bled, Slovenia, the new approach allows the DLR Biped, a legged robot based on KUKA’s lightweight system, to keep its feet firmly planted on the floor, even when kicked by a mean researcher or slammed with a 5-kilogram medicine ball. You try to do that!

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These Machines Will Teach You to Draw Whether You Like It Or Not

Inspired by projects such as Amid Moradganjeh’s Haptic forestry and Kyle McDonald’s Blind Self Portrait, as well as wearables and DIY robotics, Saurabh Datta set out to create a set of machines that apply force feedback and haptic response systems towards the acceleration of human understanding.

"I want to explore how we can use nuances of force feedback systems to learn new skills aided by developing muscle memory along the way. How can technology be used to support and elevate a muscle memory experience, if that’s possible at all. More precisely I would like to see if it is suitable to use or is possible to use force feedback system to enhance fine motor muscle memory skills."

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/these-machines-will-teach-you-to-draw-whether-you-like-it-or-not

http://www.dattasaurabh.com/Final-Project-CIID-2014

http://youtu.be/mqR3RB3MS_c

Robot hand hits 20WPM, nearly ready to embrace infinite monkey theorem

Engineers built this Dexterous Anthropomorphic Robotic Typing (DART) hand to mimic the real deal as best they could, down to individually-actuating three-segment digits and 110 degrees of wrist rotation in a package the size of a real human arm. Using a total of 19 servo motors and high tensile strength wire for the tendons, they managed to create a single mechanical paw that can achieve an estimated 20 words per minute while typing. Next, they plan to cover it in silicone skin and add piezoelectric sensors to provide tactile feedback. 

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