205 posts tagged science
DARPA “Cheetah” Robot Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots (18 mph)
This video shows a demonstration of the “Cheetah” robot galloping at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour (mph), setting a new land speed record for legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989.
The robot’s movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature. The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and un-flexing its back on each step, much as an actual cheetah does.
The current version of the Cheetah robot runs on a laboratory treadmill where it is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump, and uses a boom-like device to keep it running in the center of the treadmill. Testing of a free-running prototype is planned for later this year.
While the M3 program conducts basic research and is not focused on specific military missions, the technology it aims to develop could have a wide range of potential military applications.
Honda Unveils New ASIMO Robot.
ASIMO, the self-balancing, walking bipedal robot is actually the latest in a long line of similar Honda robots, that began in 1986 with one named EO. The company has also created several versions of ASIMO itself, along with multiple copies of each, to the point that there are currently over 100 individual ASIMO robots in existence. Well, as of today, none of those can any longer be considered state-of-the-art. The newly-named Honda Robotics group has unveiled the latest and greatest ASIMO, that sports several new features over its predecessors - including the ability to act autonomously. gif animation by splurt.net.
Gecko inspired robot has no problem climbing sheer vertical walls.
Researchers, from Simon Fraser University, have developed a tank-like robot that has the ability to scale smooth walls, opening up a series of applications ranging from inspecting pipes, buildings, aircraft and nuclear power plants to deployment in search and rescue operations.
Utilizing Augmented Reality technology, the Touch Vision Interface enables seamless touch interaction on multiple separate screens via a smartphone’s camera
Developed by the Teehan+Lax Labs team, the Touch Vision Interface is an interesting idea that looks at using a smartphone’s camera to manipulate other screens such as LCD monitors, laptops or TVs. Using the onboard camera, the system would send touch input coordinates in real time from the smartphone’s touchscreen to a video feed displayed on the secondary screen.
Celebrating 125 years of the automobile, Mercedes is debuting its vision for the future of the luxo-barge, the F125 Research Vehicle. At the core of the concept is the company’s F-CELL Hydrogen/Electric Hybrid powerplant that boasts a total range of 621 miles. That range is a result of a carefully constructed system of a lightweight material mix of carbon fiber, aluminum, and high-strength steel. Couple that with new, lighter-weight lithium sulphur battery technology, which on its own is good for 31 miles of travel. Performance-wise the F125 is no slouch, the car can get up to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 137. And of course, the car is a technological tour de force with touch and hand-gestured based navigation for the car’s controls, 3D screens, and an array of social media and entertainment features.
THE MOST EXTREME GALLARDO EVER
Automobili Lamborghini is bringing motor racing excitement directly to the road. This new and most extreme top model in the Gallardo lineup is based on the successful race car from the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, the world’s fastest single-make series. The car, presented on September 12, 20011 at IAA Frankfurt fair, will be produced in a limited run of 150 numbered units and will be available upon request in the historically suggestive “Rosso Mars”.