Micromagic Systems is back with Enhancements on his Hexapod V5

This is going to be a true all-terrain wanderer...

Matt Denton solely keeps on working on his Hexapod Robots. Today he presents an update on his terrain-detection algorithm. This enhancement changes the way it walks based on different parameters like the ground it walks on. It's got its information beside others about foot-sensors. So, what is so special about it? If you watch the video, than it just looks like a hexapod-bot walking around, nice. But have you ever seen a bot try to walk, but not coming any centimeter near its goal, just making moves? Well, there you got the added value from clever algorithms, or just like I would like to call it: clever combination of soft- and hardware.

The robots form Micromagic Systems are technical and massive bots, technical but lively at the same time. Very unique and solid work. I like the way they do their research. Keep up!

Tags: walk, hexapod, homebrew, indie-labs, micromagics, giving-birth, micromagic
Mar_20:2008 .020200 Comments(1)

Death Match at RoboGames - Killer Fighting Bots

Sometimes unbelievable what you can find in the USA. There is a death-match league at the RoboGames in San Francisco where killer-bots fight each other to death. According to SuicideBots this robots a big and heavy and weight as much as steel and the are very loud. And a pure bunch of fun. You can guess it all from watching the video.

Megabyte vs. Brutality

Is this science fiction? Is this feeling like a computing game in real or what? Let's hope that such robots stay in their arena. You don't want to meet such an killer bot at night... or even on daytime...


Tags: death-match, sport, robogames
Mar_19:2008 .020200 Comments(1)

Symbrion: EU funds new Project on Swarm Robotics

Symbrion is the name of a new project funded the the European Union. This project has the goal to build a kind of artificial life consisting of super-large-scale swarms of robots, each not much bigger than a sugarcube. They can stick together and can interact this way in a modular session. The researchers expect new ways of behavior on the global swarm level. The single units are able to stick together and to share power and mobility among themselves. The swarm should be able to solve problems that sticky style a single unit never could do. For example like moving huge objects, passing obstacles or examine the surroundings. Think of ants. They do the same as a networked system.

On a visionary level some of the researchers think of a kind of global immune system, build upon small robot units that solve tasks independently and unique. Systems that are free of repair with collaborative power for tasks, humans are not able to solve. For instance to go out after an earthquake to search and rescue humans.

Collaborating bots build a structure

With the Symbrion project the European Research continues its way of systematically investing into swarm-robotics, like they did with the swarm-robot project. This project involves international research labs from all over the world and if successful we leading knowledge on the nature of networked swarm-robotics can be expected. Have an overview of the goals.


Tags: symbrion, swarm, research, multi-scale, emergence, artificial-life
Mar_19:2008 .020200 Comments(0)

Robot on a Swing

Via Botjunkie I found this robot on a swing. A little metal-humanoid, shaping things to come. Man, what a cute video! Only the cables are a little disturbing, don't you also think so little robot-man?


Tags: play, humanoid
Mar_17:2008 .020200 Comments(1)

The Big Dog from Boston Dynamics

The future of robots will be somewhere decided between the Carnegie Mellon University and Boston Dynamics. Last time the robot-builders from Pittsburgh showed us how to build incredible snaky robots for indoor and outdoor use. The engineers at Boston Dynamics continue with their developments on the *dog-series.

A video appeared on YouTube, that shows the "BigDog". A donkey-like creature that moves extremely like an real animal: just have a look to see what I mean.

Driven by a very loud gas engine for outside use, the donkey feels lively playing in the snow. Skip the first few minutes, because the first highlight is when the robot slips on ice. Just keep on to believe how human it looks! Next highlights are the Big Dog climbing a pile of rocks. Very interesting! The BigDog got four legs and the engineers maybe thought: why not teach the robot to jump? And so they did. At very first levels he can jump over obstacles!

On the science-fiction movies big robots were always slow and clumsy, just think of the AT-AT walkers on Star Wars. Can you imagine, that the future will more look like this?


Tags: motion, research, nature, legs, outdoor, walk, boston dynamics, bigdog
Mar_17:2008 .020200 Comments(0)

BEAM Wiki Project from Hamburg

Picture: Twin-Engine Solar Roller

The finding of the week is the BEAM-Wiki, a project from Hamburg led by Marcus Nowotny. His goal is to build a specialized and well documented resource for BEAM-Bots with instructions, tutorials and inspiration. One initial reason for doing so is, that there are already good resources on the internet like solarbotics. But most of this resources are obviously out-of-date when it some to web-standards. He also reports that this sites mostly are not really maintained and that answers don't come at hand.

The BEAM-Wiki can be the solution to this. We will definitely support the idea and joined the community. Please check out the blog for the latest ramblings and inspiration for some bots.


Tags: beam, play, tutorial, homebrew, lo-tech, germany
Mar_15:2008 .020200 Comments(2)

Beam-Robot Works from Simon Fraser

Simon Fraser has a website where he exhibits his BEAM-bots. His approach is "Simple, biologically-inspired robots", as you may notice, very at the roots of what BEAMs are about. Simons works play at a level of beautiful simplicity and clean aesthetics. The works on the website are all made in 2007.

The picture shows one of his works, the FLED-Photopopper. We writes about his creature:

The results are quite pleasing, and this is quite an active little guy. He’s the first to start popping when the sun hits my robot collection. The only problem is that he’s liable to fall onto his arse.

I would like to see more people, who not only develop robots from a data-scheme, but also play with form and parameter, to inflate them, give them life, creativity, personality and love.

Tags: beam, creature, giving-birth, homebrew, artist
Mar_14:2008 .020200 Comments(0)

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