CellRobot is a modular robot that you can configure into many different shapes. First, you start with the Heart and then add other cells that easily twist on and lock into place. The Heart contains the CellRobot’s brain and Bluetooth connections. You can also add on wheels, a camera or a mount for Mounting the robot to a desk or counter.
CAD drawing from Simon’s thesis.
Carnegie Mellon PhD student Simon Kalouche has created the Gearless Omni-directional Acceleration-vectoring Topology or GOAT.
Using a custom motor controller and 3 DC Tiger U10 quadcopter motors, Simon has created a unique leg that is able to hop over 32 inches high.
If he put four legs together he could come up with a very impressive robot. But as Simon states:
While the GOAT leg will most likely never be faster than the very impressive speeds achieved by the MIT Cheetah in running along a straight line, the design of GOAT sacri ces 1D top speed for the potential to run and jump in all 3 dimensions with more agility than the MIT Cheetah and all other dynamic legged robots to this date.
Check out the robot in action below.
Pilot Labs from China has started an Indiegogo campaign to bring the personal assistant Moorebot to life. Similar to Jibo in fuction as well as looks, Moorebot is like a giant eye that sits on your desk.
Moorebot can tell you things like the weather or a story. It can also take pictures and remind you of things.
Moorebot sports 256MB of ram with 2 GB of internal storage and the early bird discount level prices Moorebot at only $159.
Pilot Labs have been working on this project since 2014 and hope to deliver Moorebot in November of 2016.
The Japan National Science Museum in Tokyo is hosting a new robot called Alter.
Alter is a humanoid robot governed by a neural network. A variety of sensors such as a temperature sensor and proximity sensor also influence Alter’s movements.
Alter also has a “central pattern generator” that uses 42 pneumatic actuators to create it’s movements.
Researchers from Tokyo and Oasaka also decided it was a good idea to make Alter “sing”. Is Alter man or machine? You decide.
Desi LLC, makers of Obi, have created a robot that helps feed people with disabilities.
A care giver sets the robot up and fills the bowls with food. The robot is then taught where to move to by simply moving the spoon near the user’s mouth.
Obi can also be controlled by the user through a variety of switches such as a button type switch, a pillow switch or a sip & puff switch.
Obi is available now for $4,500.00.