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Meka Robotics has created a robot called Dreamer that uses Willow Garage’s ROS or Robot Operating System. The robot has no mouth, some very expressive ears as well as some cute eyes containing FireWire cameras.
The idea here is to create a humanoid robot that is able to be used around humans. The robot’s arm has seven degrees of freedom and is pliable like a human arm.
Meka robotics is based in San Fransisco and Dreamer is being developed by Luis Sentis , an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Austin in Texas.
Seems like Dreamer is a Japanese styled version of what Heartland Robotics is also working on.
Check out Dreamer in the clip below.
PR2 from Willow Garage uses ROS (Robot Operating System) and is one amazing robot.
First PR2 learned to play pool and fetch beer for the staff at Willow Garage.
PR2 is currently listed at $400,000, out of the range of most regular guys like me, but some universities have gotten one and boy, have they taught PR2 some neat tricks.
First PR2 learned how to fold clothes and now it is learning how to solve the entire laundry problem , including washing, drying, folding and putting clothes away!
Some other folks have taught PR2 to read.
Willow Garage, famous for the PR2, a pancake flipping robot, have recently introduced TurtleBot. Now your very own snack serving robot can be yours.
TurtleBot is an affordable home robot kit and you can choose from 2 models.
If you already have an iRobot Create and a laptop, you can purchase the TurtleBot Core kit for $499.99. The TurtleBot Core kit includes:
- USB Communications Cable
- TurtleBot Power and Sensor Board
- TurtleBot Hardware
- Microsoft Kinect
- TurtleBot to Kinect Power Cable
- USB Stick TurtleBot Installer
- #10 Torx Allen Key
The TurtleBot Complete kit sells for $1199.99 and includes everything you need to get started:
- TurtleBot Core Kit
- iRobot Create Robot
- 3000 mAh Ni-MH Battery
- Fast Charger
- ASUS Eee PC 1215N
Your new robotic servant can be easily programmed in Willow Garage’s ROS or, Robot Operating Software. Willow Garage is taking pre-orders now for delivery in early summer.
See all the possibilities of what your new household helper robot can do in a video after the break.
Willow Garage is holding a contest for it’s ROS (Robot Operating System). See all the details at ROS Contest.
The entry shown above by Taylor Veltrop uses a Microsoft Kinect to map his body movements to the robot. This is pretty cool stuff.
Right now, only the arms are being mapped, but Taylor has plans to improve his work.
The Veltrobot is controlled by a Microsoft Kinect in a master/slave fashion. I’d like to take this further and do something about leg control and gripper control too. Also if I change how the joint angles are calculated the positioning of the robot’s hands could be improved.
Nice job Taylor.
See more information on his website taylor.veltrop.com.
Last year we saw an Italian team teach a robot how to flip pancakes. Now we have PR2 and Rosie from Willow Garage making pancakes.
We know the video is a little long and slow, but here are some things we like about it. PR2 uses the internet to look up a pancake recipe.
PR2 then calculates how to get from where he is to the refrigerator. We also like how Rosie flips the pancake and the cooperation between the two robots.
Awesome job Willow Garage.