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Robots rawk at NIWeek August 17, 2011

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Check out the some of the awesome robots featured in the Robotics Pavilion at 2011 NIWeek:

SuperDroid Robots showed off the SD6 robot, a super-rugged, treaded UGV that was developed jointly with NI.

Dr. Hong brought the latest and greatest from RoMeLa, showing off their full-size humanoid robot, CHARLI:

I got a picture with CHARLI and Dr. Hong as well:

You can download many of the presentations from the Robotics Summit from the NIWeek Community:

And that’s not everything. Check out Brian Powell’s recap of all-things-robotic at NIWeek on the LabVIEW Field Journal blog:

LabVIEW Robotics at NIWeek 2011

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Open Source Project: Robot Swarm October 13, 2010

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We all know programming just one mobile robot with artificial intelligence is hard. So adding more robots and having them exhibit a collective behavior can increase the difficultly level exponentially. This is what makes swarm intelligence such hot topic in the world of robotics today.

During a National Instruments user conference, I saw a very impressive swarm demo from the NI Robotics R&D team:

Karl Muecke, the project lead, is now lifting the hood and opening up all of the build instructions and control code used to create his robot swarm. He starts will high level topics like hardware architectures, data communications, localization, driver station UI, obstacle avoidance and path planning, and then delves into the details in each area.

Check out the entire open source project on the NI Robotics Code Exchange and be sure to continue checking in, as he continually adds more pieces to puzzle.

NIWeek 2010 Robotic Swarm Demo

Feedback control at its finest: Innovations from UCSD Coordinated Robotics Lab October 19, 2009

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I found this cool video (below), provided by IEEE Spectrum Online the other day. Josh Romero, it’s narrator, must have experienced the robot revolution at this year’s NIWeek, as much of the video footage is taken from the Day 3 keynote. Here’s the full, extended version of Dr. Bewley’s talk about the work being done at the UCSD Coordinated Robotics Lab.

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This small treaded robot can climb stairs with ease and balance itself on a point.

Josh brings up a good point in his video: automatic feedback control can be the difference between simple, ordinary robots and incredibly sophisticated dynamic systems. Take Switchblade, for example. The robot performs low-level control on a dedicated, embedded processor (in this case, a 2M gate FPGA on a SingleBoardRIO) to automatically balance itself on a point. There is an additional, real-time processor that performs additional tasks like maneuvering up a flight of stairs. With it being so small and having such a wide spectrum of mobility, it puts search-and-rescue robots like the PackBot to shame. See you at the top of the stairs, PackBot!

Ok, I take that back. Let’s avoid “shaming” PackBot. Please don’t shoot me, PackBot.

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Stay tuned for a closer look at how Switchblade works in a future post.