Robotics gets interesting… step by step

The Romford Robot plays snooker. For those unfamiliar with the game, snooker is essentially a two dimensional activity that involves poking balls around a flat table-top surface with a stick (which is more commonly known as a ‘cue’) and manipulating the angles generated when they hit each other to steer them into holes or ‘pockets’ which are set at regular intervals around the table’s edges.

The Romford Robot has, over a period of twenty years proven to be highly effective in calculating the speed, angle and spin necessary to consistently excel at the game. All of this would be quite exciting were it not for the fact that the Romford Robot is actually the nickname of a human player.

Steve Davis is a six time world champion and was ranked as the world’s number one player for seven years in succession, between 1983 and 1990. Still playing professionally today, Davis was nicknamed the Romford Robot in recognition of his home town – Romford – and the seemingly emotionless and error-free manner in which he played. For almost a decade Davis singlehandedly made snooker betting a remarkably consistent investment.


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Snooker is a game (some say sport) requiring a high degree of fine motor control as well as the practical mathematical ability to calculate the angles and speed which snooker balls will realise once they are in collision. Enacted across the two dimensions of a flat table top, the challenge posed by this combination of calculation and precise kinetic execution has attracted the interest of robotics engineers. The challenge, as implied by the former world champion’s nickname was straightforward: is it possible to actually produce a snooker playing robot capable of replicating Davis’s amazingly consistent level of performance? Continue reading

Let the robots take care of your garden

Take a look at this garden robot prototype so called Prospero. This is a pretty simple servo based hexapod robot that is equipped with gardening gear. The main idea is to develop a swarm of these robots that would perform tasks as a group. After it’s finished Prospero robots should perform series of tasks in farm starting with planting seeds, taking care and harvest. In following video you can see on phase – planting seed.

Robot is controlled by Parallax Propeller chip. Continue reading

Most Naturally Walking Robots

Robotics has been one of the most attractive feature and study that the scientists are working upon these days. They have come up with various robots of different functionalities. They try their best to evolve and make such a robot that serves their purpose in the best possible way. A robot is basically nothing but a machine which is programmed by the programmer who develops it in a way that it performs the desired function for which it is made up.

It is given a very similar experience like a human being so that it looks even more real. It is programmed in such a way that it also performs certain actions like the humans and can also walk. A general definition of the robotics states that it should at least perform the data processing and should be able to move objects. Walking robots are the most wanted ones these days. Continue reading

Robots home helpers taking over a work load

Domestic robots or home helpers like they are referred to can be used for house hold chores like vacuum cleaning and serving guests. Science inventions and technological breakthroughs have enabled the use and help of these artificial human beings be greatly received and appreciate for the easy at which they are making be. Some people are even demanding for much more improved robots that can actually think and do things just like human in a more natural way

With the trend and emergence of more technology, it is presumed that robots that are home helpers will be more common in near future than it has never been seen. Right now the most commonly used robots home helpers are the vacuum cleaners. The vacuum cleaners use air pump to create a semi or partial vacuum to be able to suck up dust and dirt from the floors. The collected dirt and dust are also stored in the dustbag or cyclone for future disposal. These robots home helpers are actually creating and making work much easier and faster as well as efficient. All one needs to do is just control the vacuum cleaner as it collects all the dust from the floors or tables and leaving them spotlessly clean

The other home helpers’ robots are the entertainment robots for example the HERO or AIBO. Just like the name suggest they are made with a single subjective role of creating pleasure and ensuring the owner is entertained just lie intended. This might be more complicated because there is no existing machine that can actually do things like a human being so it will just offer the programmed service without attaching emotions to it or maybe offering other cropping demands like a human being can. We use hi fi machines and other machines that have used the robotics technologies and it is now a trend that in most cultures and entertainment areas most robotics technologies are applied

The robots home helpers are used to perform jobs and task that human feel are dangerous or dehumanizing for instance washing of sewerage drainage systems or swimming pools. These kinds of jobs can be dangerous in nature especially the swimming pool cleaning can be fatal if the cleaner is not a good swimmer and he or she slips in the water.  The sewage drainage job is dehumanizing and a machine that is programmed to do that can carry out the duty very well and effectively than a human being who might do it hastily and shoddily.

Most parents are now working and staying with their kids during the day can prove a little bit demanding yet they have  job to do, so they get help of baby sitting robots who are programmed to sweet talk the kid and even sing to them, incase they are agitated and are crying. This kind of job reduces the kind of a work load a parent has at the end of day. The robots are great helpers and with time and more inventions superior and more complex one which can carryout a more demanding duty with human touch in it will be developed for human use at home and in the offices

The Brand New Emotional Robot

Most of the people always think, the robots are only the machines that didn’t have any feeling. It’s definitely impossible for the scientists to apply emotion on the robots.

Well, please don’t be so sure about your thought yet, as the scientists at Georgia Tech had decided to test our ability to interpret a robot’s emotion. The research group discovered that older adults showed some unexpected differences in the way they read a robot’s face from the way younger adult did.

Jenay Beer, a graduate student in Georgia Tech’s School of Psychology described that the home-based assistive robots have the potential to help older adults, as they can be used to keep the older adults independent longer. As a result, it reduces healthcare needs and provides everyday assistance to the elders.

Emotional robot

Based on the previous research, the robot found out that older adults are less accurate in recognizing anger, fear and happiness. Furthermore, the older adults have problem recognizing the happy robot compared with their success in recognizing happy people.

Another interesting fact about the experiment was the researchers discovered that neither the young nor old could easily distinguish the emotion disgust on the virtual iCat. It might be due to the difficulty in programming a robot to show the emotion! []