Researchers at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL have developed a jumping robot inspired by the grasshopper. The 5cm model uses a 0.6-gram pager motor and a cam to charge two torsion springs, which trigger a jump from the robot’s 1.3mm carbon rod feet. The 7-gram robot can jump 4.6 feet (1.4 m), more than 27 times its body size, and ten times the distance of any existing jumping robot.
A newly developed microrobot is the first that can move around by continuously jump on the water's surface without sinking, mimicking the water strider.
The robot's driving system includes a miniature direct-current motor and a reduction gear unit that allow it to leap more than 14 cm (5.5 inches) into the air and jump in strides of 35 cm (14 inches) - over twice its own length. Its increased mobility now means the microrobot can easily evade obstacles and be used to monitor water quality, or even perform spy or reconnaissance missions.
Robots aren't often athletic. But in this new video, a prototype version of a robot sponsored by the Pentagon's blue-sky researchers climbs over wooden blocks, jumps while maintaining its balance, and climbs up stairs -- the kinds of athletic tasks...
Meet CHARLI-2, Virginia Tech's skinny, five-foot tall humanoid robot. His balance is enviable: jostle him, and he'll right himself -- which is one of the reasons the Navy is using him for research on its firefighting robot of the future.
Transport palletized or racked loads throughout manufacturing and warehouse environments without the need for facility modifications, wires, tapes, magnets or lasers with Seegrid's GWS35 Walkie Stacker...
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State of the art machine vision and conventional industrial material handling equipment: A utilitarian mashup that's off the shelf. The future is here.
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