Archive for the ‘Robotics’ Category

New Technology And Our Oceans

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

How can we explore the depths of our own planet? It’s not easy to inspect life in all its complexity and beauty when it’s miles and miles under the sea level. Still, we have other options for exploring our oceans and learning how to cherish this immeasurable treasure.

I particularly love the depth representation of the sea floor in the animation at the beginning of the talk. It truly gives you an impression of how minute the land masses really are compared to the vast volume of the oceans.

Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Can Be Scary

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

…especially if they maneuver like this.

Ever Wondered How Amazon’s Warehouses Might Work?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Even if you haven’t, I think you might like this video. I already knew about the robotic shelves, but not about the dynamic weighted positioning in the warehouse. Pretty cool!

This Swarm Of Quadcopters Actually Scares Me A Bit

Monday, February 6th, 2012

… but then again, it’s fascinating too.

ROVs Go South… Deep South

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Article here.

3D Video Made Simple With Microsoft Kinect

Monday, November 15th, 2010

This reminds me of point clouds and meshes, LRFs and robotic environments. :)

Proxemic Interaction

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Closeness defines interaction. Why? Because proxemics explains how the distance between people influence their level of comfort and behavior. What scientist are trying right now is to extrapolate these finding to other fields too, like HCI (video above) and Robotics.

Privacy Issues? Solve Them With Robotics

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Is your curtain too small to cover up your window? Do you feel you’re not getting enough privacy in-doors? Don’t despair! Simple use a small engine, some robotics, a bit of computer vision trickery and voila! Problem solved.

Autonomous Car Goes Cab

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Lovely. Looks like one of the US autonomous car project I posted here some weeks ago. I wonder why everyone uses a VW Passat for this.

On the other hand, I bet the average speed of this cab is rubbish. But still, only by working and trying one can improve something.

UPDATE:
Well, well, well. It seems the people at Stanford taught this car how to slide-in park. I wonder if I could do as well as the computer… :)

Robots Start Poking Around

Friday, October 15th, 2010

They honestly do. Poking to see if you feel it, or, to be more precise, to see if it hurts you. It seems people are now considering ways for robots to detect the pain threshold of they masters. Interesting direction…