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[news]Robots for humanity

When you want to move with 50mph you are disabled and need a helping device. It’s called – car.

Well, this guy has problem with some other movements as well, but fortunately enough there are the robots available to make it all possible. Enjoy this ultra cool TED Talk, delivered by a person and couple of robots.

[news]Frank[enstein] – First Bionic man

Ready for a Sunday movie night? Because this Sunday an epic movie on the first bionic man comes out.

Frank, short for Frankenstein, has 200 processors and a million sensors
It also features a functioning circulatory system fitted with a beating heart
The bionic body is made up of 28 artificial parts from around the world
Six-foot tall Frank can walk and talk with the help of a remote control

In a scene that wouldn’t look out of place in a science fiction blockbuster, researchers have unveiled the world’s first walking, talking bionic man complete with circulatory system and a beating heart.
Called Frank, short for Frankenstein, the six-foot robot is made up of artificial body parts donated by various research centres from around the world, has 200 processors and is covered in over a million sensors.
It was designed by Dr Bertolt Meyer from the University of Zurich, built by a team of engineers in London and is currently on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington as part of The Incredible Bionic Man exhibition.

Prosthetic hand paired with brain stimulation gives monkey an artificial sense of touch

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Each year prosthetic limbs become more incredible, whether they allow a wearer to run at Olympic speeds or are controlled by thought alone. But most still lack a sense of touch, which would give the wearer greater control and connection to their prosthetic limb.

University of Chicago researchers have published a paper detailing how stimulating a prosthetic limb wearer’s brain with electrical signals could replicate feelings of touch. They worked with monkeys, which they outfitted with electrodes connected to different areas of the brain associated with touch. The researchers studied their brain’s response to different types of touch to pinpoint the type and amount of electrical signal that would best replicate the sensation.

The monkeys went through several touch exercises with their normal hand and an unstimulated brain. The same exercises were conducted with a prosthetic hand, which was equipped with pressure sensors to register instances of touch. Pressure…

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[news]Robo ligue – Sofia Bulgaria

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On the ninth of November there will be a robo ligue event in InterExpo Center.All the robos you wanted to build but never had the bolts to.

Competitions, demonstrations, discussions.

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And a workshop in robotics!

Registration for RoboTeams is up until 5th of November on this adress

http://roboleague.bg/index.php/main/register (If you want to register, but don’t speak Bulgarian – contact us and we’ll be happy to help)

Registration for participants – 9.30h in InterExpoimages (1)

10.10h – Presentation – what is robotics10.00h – Opening

11.30h – Round table – Buisness meets Education

12.30h – Break

13.30h – Competitions

17.00h – Prices for the Winne

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Look Mom! I shrink the Arduino!

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We love to play with Arduino and like it very much but one thing have always bothered us – it’s HUGE.

What you do when you want to make small data logger, RF/Zigbee baecon, sensor network, something wearable etc? use this BRICK? No way.

This is how the idea for OLIMEXINO-NANO came.

We made complete Arduino replacement with size of only 30x30x8 mm

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What you see on the pictures above is TOP and BOTTOM view of the OLIMEXINO-NANO.

It have these features:

  • ATMega32U4 processor (Leonardo compatible)
  • micro USB connector for programming and power supply when debugging
  • RESET button
  • USER button
  • microSD card connector for data logging on SD-card
  • UEXT connector for RF, Zigbee, Ethernet, RELAY, RGB LED, etc UEXT modules
  • two status LEDs
  • Connector 14 pin 0.05″
  • Connector 20 pin 0.05″

the connectors allow other boards to stackup like normal Arduino shields.

The first shield we made is with Battery…

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[examples]Wild car

WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat’s best performance so far. WildCat is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA’s M3 program. For more information about WIldCat visit our website at http://www.BostonDynamics.com.

PS: Ok, we love Boston dynamics.

[examples] Latest updates on Atlas

Atlas is an anthropomorphic robot designed to operate on rough terrain. The video shows Atlas balancing as it walks on rocky terrain and when pushed from the side. The balance and control system places the feet and swings the arms and upper body to stay upright. The controller uses inertial, kinematic and load data from Atlas’s sensors. Atlas is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA’s M3 program. For more information visit http://www.BostonDynamics.com