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How many humans do you need to assembly a modern car? and other robotics things

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Aaaaand here we go with our fist “newsletter”!. We have gathered some videos and articles from different sources that we consider interesting enough to share with you.

TOIO: The first toy created by SONY in 10 years

It is quite simple but very clever. Two small cubes with two wheels each and (from what I can guess): accelerometer, IR sensors (to know the position of the partner cube) and dc motors with decoders. Something else? Wifi module? I would kill to be in the “Brainstorming meeting” finding uses for the robotic cubes

ETH Zurich’s Omnicopter Plays Fetch

“There are two particularly cool things about this video, I think. The first is how the Omnicopter is able to keep the net stationary while making the catch, even if the rest of its body is still in motion. This is only possible with the Omnicopter, because of how translation and rotation are decoupled from each other: A quadrotor configuration can’t do it, because it has to rotate itself in order to control translation (it tilts to move sideways, in other words). The second cool thing is at the very end, where the Omnicopter returns the ball by rotating in place so that the ball drops out of the net. That kind of performance makes me wonder whether Omnicopter-like designs are the future of aerial manipulation, as opposed to what we’re used to seeing, which are multi-DoF arms stapled to helicopters or quadrotors.”

The most intriguing thing here is (beside the CODE used to control everything)… how do they pinpoint the onmicopter with that room? A D-gps in not good enough. Visual recognition with spatial references?are they using the white balls placed inside the cage?

source: http://spectrum.ieee.org/

“Why did you add the Googly eyes to the B-robot EVO 2 Kit?”

This was a question we got some weeks ago. The quick answer is… everything is better (far better) with Googly Eyes!

“Are you looking at my pretty and unfocused eyes?”

How many humans do you need to assembly a modern car?

This video shows some robots (mainly robotic arms) assembling a Mercedes A Class car. This robotic facility is based in Stuttgart, Germany. It is quite impressive (and mesmerising) the speed and accuracy displayed during the assembly process (not even talking about the small number of humans involved on this).

Each car can be fully assembled in 4 hours (not counting the subsequent testing stages)

 

Rocket SL-10 detach

This happened by November 2016. It is not a properly said…robot but it does not matter.

The detach of the Rocket SL-10 captured (developed by private spaceflight company UP Aerospace)  with a GoPro. The camera captured the entire launch and descent of the rocket, as well as the moment when it deployed its cargo. The moment you can see in the video. No FX involved, hard to believe watching the perfect timing. UP Aerospace has conducted a total of 15 launches, including 10 with SpaceLoft XL rockets, most of which have been successful (the 3rd failed due to “electronic anomaly” 😛 ).

The “magnus Effect“!

Fist time hearing about it? No wonder. Not many things are using it for any purpose. But, here is an example of an air-plane trying to make the most of it:

I do not know where to invest my money, so I will give some to my uncle “Magnus”, he got an idea… and I trust him

What do you thing this airplane do?

Well, trying to fly! 😛

Unfortunately, this “beauty” didn’t actually work, primarily because the effect also produces a lot of drag, but similar ideas have been used more recently to make small UAVs. Below an example! a flying MAGNUS EFFECT R/C airplane really making it!

Automatic Tennis ball launcher. A cool DIY project.

cost about $50 USD (According to the creator).

The background: the dog is a rescue and as such he does not like to give up his ball when asked, he decides when hes going to give up the ball. so playing fetch happens on his terms. he also has a lot of energy so i wanted to build his something that could accommodate his fetch needs.

The operation: the ball is dropped into the large opening and is held there for about 1.5 seconds while the motors spin up. then the ball is released down the tube and launched out the front. after the launch the motors stop and the system resets and is read for the next ball. the system has power at all times but is not running unless a ball is introduced.

The Outcome: the ball launches about 40-45 feet which is perfect for a smaller yard. the distance could be controlled by the voltage applied but for now it operates off of a 15V laptop power supply. this voltage was chosen so the the system could also run off batteries (14.8V rechargeable LIPOs) of which i have a few for one of  quadcopters.

More info an images here!

Geeksmithing got a Sphere-o-bot

“This was a kit, the Sphere-o-Bot, from jjRobots.com that can be used to decorate eggs along with any spherical object such as ping pong balls, golf balls, or even ornaments.

It was a lot of fun to build and play around with and I would definitely recommend checking it out!”

Ok, ok, beside this “self-promoting” paragraph, this is what we like to watch: daughter and father having fun creating things. Does not matter they are assembling the awesome! Sphere-o-Bot :-P, The point here is watching a video of someone sharing time with his/her kids and enjoying the activity together. This is one of the things that encourages us to keep doing robots.

 

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