ROBOTIS demonstrated the new DARwin Mini humanoid robot. The robot features high performance at a significantly lower price point than other humanoid robots currently on the market. Many of the DARwin Mini design features will be open source, including the body parts so that users can design and 3D print their own custom designs. Scheduled for release to the market in mid-2014.
Here is a piece from Tested about the experience of encountering the most complete PLA-print of InMoov to date, printed by the talented engineer Chuck Fletcher:
…InMoov is, however, a pretty cool milestone for robotics and 3D printing. “All the parts are 3D printed–except the electronics and the hardware–from the [MakerBot] Replicator 2 over there,” said Chuck Fletcher, who brought InMoov to World Maker Faire in New York. “It took about three or four months, night and weekends. 400 hours of printing.
InMoov rested on a stand at Maker Faire, surveying his surroundings. Even without moving facial muscles, InMoov looked pretty expressive. Its face was printed in a permanent intimidating stare. When its head swiveled around on its neck to look at you, it really felt like it was looking at you. Which is something InMoov will actually be able to do, eventually.
Fletcher equipped the robot with an eye socket-mounted camera to track motion. Before some technical snags got in the way, he had even planned to hook InMoov up to a Kinect sensor to mimic any human standing in its field of view (provided they moved slowly enough, anyway). A looping video in the booth showed InMoov’s eye tracking in action.
Michael Curry, aka Skimbal, is one of Thingiverse’s / desktop 3D printing’s iconic designers. He swirls together humor/pop culture and his deep passion to learn (and then teach) how machines work — and out of this collision has emerged a wide range of influential and often-cited printable projects such as the Gothic Cathedral Playset (new files here!) and the Turtle Shell Racer.
He has created a number of 3D printed robot projects to date, and these photos from a sneak peak of his Dangerball! robot at this year’s World Maker Faire in New York show his latest exploration of the project he has been slowly tinkering on for a few years: a maker-friendly printable spherical robot.
Stan Winston Studio veteran and key mechanical effects designer at leading Creature FX studio, Legacy Effects, David Covarrubias (Avatar, Iron Man, The Lost World: Jurassic Park) shows you how to design, 3D print and assemble an animatronic eye mechanism using free CAD software and an affordable 3D printer.
In this innovative tutorial, you’ll learn how you can begin your adventures into animatronics without the need for the expensive machinery usually required to shape metal: C&C mills, water jet metal cutters, lathes, etc.
The resulting 3D Printed Eye Mechanism is as elegant and effective as those created by Covarrubias for Hollywood blockbusters, but can be achieved at a fraction of the cost.
On September 26th the Vienna Tourist Board will be hosting an event where Alex Kiessling is creating artworks not only in Vienna, but simultaneously in Berlin, at Breitscheidplatz, and London, at Trafalgar Square.
Alex is using two industrial robots (ABB IRB 4600) who are fed by real-time tracking data from Vienna via satellite connection to the remote cities. The result will be three artworks that are later brought together to built a triptych.
By reading data from an infra-red touch frame and a Microsoft Kinect we analyze the movements of the artist and then the data is translated to feed the coordinates to the robots’ servers — difficult process since the robots’ software was not designed to interpret real-time data. The robots then recreate the movements of the artist and draw their interpretation of Alex’s drawing in real time. The data will be transmitted from Vienna to Berlin and London using a dedicated satellite connection.
This NASA Public Service Announcement regarding the MAVEN mission is presented by LeVar Burton in which he shares the story about NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission—or MAVEN—and how it will explore Mars’ climate history and gather clues about the question scientists have been asking for decades. MAVEN will look at specific processes at Mars that led to the loss of much of its atmosphere…and MAVEN data could tell scientists a lot about the history of climate change on the Red Planet.
When MAVEN arrives at Mars in September 2014, it will join ongoing NASA missions—Odyssey, Opportunity, MRO, and Curiosity—that continue to improve our understanding of Mars and the evolution of our Solar System. NASA is committed to a program of Mars exploration—with the goal of sending humans in the 2030s. The data from these missions, and those to come later this decade, will inform future human exploration as well as provide textbook-changing science.
inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance. inFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms: tangible.media.mit.edu/vision/
The Baxter robot can be easily trained to perform actions by simply moving his arms and grippers with your own hands while he records the motions. Analog feedback servos provide a way around the complicated kinematics necessary to make robotic arms operate efficiently. Interacting with a robotic arm is lots of fun and being able to actual teach it to carry out tasks is futuristic-cool.
You can build one of these trainable robotic arms because Adafruit sells the crucial analog feedback servos that make this technology possible.
3D printing allows anyone to make robotic parts. We will be printing an arm and gripper for this project, but you could swap out the servos in an existing robotic arm also.
For more details on the servos, check out the About Analog Feedback Servos write up.
Analog Feedback Servo – It looks like a servo, it acts like a servo, but it’s more than just a servo! We got a factory to custom-make these classic ‘standard’ sized hobby servos with a twist – the feedback (potentiometer wiper) line is brought out to a fourth white wire. You can read this wire with an analog input such as those on an Arduino, to get the servo’s position. That information can be used in robotics to improve stability or even allow ‘recording’ of servo motion.
The James Dyson Award challenges young engineers and designers in 18 countries to develop problem solving inventions. Find out more at www.jamesdysonfoundation.com.
The winner of the 2013 James Dyson Award is Titan Arm, a battery powered upper-body robotic arm which instantly increases human strength. Find out more about the team of mechanical engineers behind this year’s winning invention.
With the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons operate through just a few small incisions. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
Minimally invasive da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies. da Vinci is beneficial for performing routine and complex surgery. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. da Vinci – taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.
Inspired by the Baxter robot, this arm can be trained to move with your own hands. Once the train button is pressed, you move the arm and gripper as needed while the Arduino stores the positions in EEPROM. After that the arm will replay the motion as needed.
It looks like a micro servo, it acts like a micro servo, but it’s more than just a micro servo! We got a factory to custom-make these quality metal-geared ‘micro’ sized hobby servos with a twist – the feedback (potentiometer wiper) line is brought out to a fourth white wire. You can read this wire with an analog input such as those on an Arduino, to get the servo’s position. That information can be used in robotics to improve stability or even allow ‘recording’ of servo motion.
I’m using a Raspberry Pi model B 256 MB with a micro SD adapter because of the limited space on the robot. I have a small WiFi adapter but the robot is not yet using it…
At the moment I’m using serial communication between the Raspberry and the motor board and servo control board but I intend to use I2C as it is a more appropriated method. The reason I’m using serial now is because the interface code was already done for the Bluetooth module (it is a cheap serial Bluetooth module). I have to lose some time working in the I2C interface.