Festo AquaPenguin inovates autonomous underwater vehicles

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments27 April 2009

cc_08_09_aquapenguin_1_200px.jpgBesides being cute, penguins are amazingly good swimmers. In their search for food, penguins often travel more than a hundred kilometers per day; they are able to dive in depths up to 700 meters. They are fast n the water, have a great deal of endurance and are astoundingly agile and can reach a top… »

SMS equiped Automower 260 ACX

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments25 April 2009

husqvarnas-autonomous-automower-260-acx.jpgDon’t most of us like the smell of the fresh cut grass? Husqvarna has been producing robotic lawnmowers since 1995. They have developed Automower 260 ACX made for homeowners with large lawns up to 6000 square meters. Day or night, rain or shine, all on its own, it cuts and fertilizes the lawn to perfection… »

Roomba senses owners emotions

By Damir Beciri
24 April 2009

paul_with_roomba.jpgThis article combines two of our previous stories. The concept of controlling a robot using emotions instead of traditional controls is one of the emerging technologies which will help both humans and robots to interact more naturally. A group of researchers from Calgary University, Canada decided to explore the development of a robot that would… »

Robots which feel – robot Kismet

By Damir Beciri
One Comment23 April 2009

kismet.jpgSociable humanoid robots pose a dramatic and intriguing shift in the way one thinks about control of autonomous robots. A new range of application domains are driving the development of robots that can interact and cooperate with people, and play a part in our daily lives. One of the pioneers in the mentioned domain was… »

Using solar energy – Solar power

By Damir Beciri
One Comment21 April 2009

solar-energy.jpgThis is a rather general overview of contemporary technologies which convert solar energy into electrical power. As we run out of conventional fuels solar energy becomes one of the main subjects regarding our power supply thus supply of our gadgets and robots. Hence, solar power is going to be one of the subjects we’re going… »

iRobot vacuuming robot – Roomba

By Damir Beciri
19 April 2009

roomba-610-irobot.jpgA big majority of us actually keep our living quarters more or less clean. Roomba is a small floor vacuuming robot from iRobot which was introduced in 2002 and since then had several revisions and changes. The unit is a disc, 34cm in diameter and less than 9cm high. A large contact-sensing bumper is mounted… »

Multi-user touch screen DiamondTouch

By Damir Beciri
18 April 2009

DimondTouch.jpgOne of the major elements in every household of the future is a touchable and interactive surface. Today, there are many different ways to incorporate touch technologies which react on simple pressure or combine different technologies (like accelerometers or cameras and infrared detectors) in order simulate processes or increasing the precision. Some of these allow… »

Honda’s “Brain Machine Interface”

By Damir Beciri
17 April 2009

hondarobotsystem.jpgHonda Research Institute Japan Co., Ltd. (HRI-JP), Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and Shimadzu Corporation have collaboratively developed the Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology that uses electroencephalography (EEG) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) along with newly developed information extraction technology to enable control of a robot by human thought alone. It does not require any… »