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.   by  OliverC999  Snooker is a game (some say sport) requiring a high degree of …

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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.

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.

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 …

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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. 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 …

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Wifi Toy Truck Robot

Well, it might be a little bit hard for us to believe that in the last early century, it’s truly impossible to hear the word, “Wifi”. However, it immediately turns into an amazing technology, especially in this 21st century. In present days, Wifi have already become a common symbolic, either in the industries or household. Today, we’re going to build a Wifi Toy Truck Robot. Basically, it’s a remote control car, but it’s a little bit different from the ordinary types. What’s special about the Wifi Robot is you can simply control it through the internet or with a laptop wirelessly from up to 500m away! For your information, it has a live-feed network camera. In this case, it can be driven without line of sight and a horn. First thing first, you have to use the Linksys WRT54GL router, as it’s a very hacker-friendly. Plus, it runs Linux and some of the hardware has been reserve engineered. Believe it or not, there’s a bunch of alternative firmware versions have been written for the Linksys WRT54GL router. Hence, along with the great software for the router, it makes the hardware hacks becoming possible! []