Robot – TC Mech Wars http://tcmechwars.com/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 14:10:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tcmechwars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/tc.png Robot – TC Mech Wars http://tcmechwars.com/ 32 32 FDA Clears eCential Robotics Spine Surgery Robot https://tcmechwars.com/fda-clears-ecential-robotics-spine-surgery-robot/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 13:54:16 +0000 https://tcmechwars.com/fda-clears-ecential-robotics-spine-surgery-robot/ The robotic arm of the eCential Robotics platform for spine surgery [Image courtesy of eCential Robotics] French robotic spine surgery technology company eCential Robotics announced today that it has received FDA clearance for its robotic 3D imaging, navigation and guidance system. Thanks to recent partnerships with US implant companies, France-based eCential Robotics plans to begin […]]]>
The robotic arm of the eCential Robotics platform for spine surgery [Image courtesy of eCential Robotics]

French robotic spine surgery technology company eCential Robotics announced today that it has received FDA clearance for its robotic 3D imaging, navigation and guidance system.

Thanks to recent partnerships with US implant companies, France-based eCential Robotics plans to begin selling its surgical robotics system in North America. The company has already sold 10 systems in Europe, with more than 2,000 surgeries.

“The FDA clearance of the eCential Robotics Unified Platform recognizes the reliability and robustness of our product, confirms confidence in eCential Robotics’ unique concept of focusing surgical workflows on the essentials through a unified system , open and multi-application, and also encourages our ambition to expand our footprint in the United States,” said Laurence Chabanas, Chief Strategy Officer and US CEO of the company.

Surgical robotics is a hot field, with a host of competing companies. Medical technology giant Medtronic is currently the dominant player in the field of robotic spine surgery with its Mazor robots. Medtronic posted record sales of its StealthStation, O-arm and Mazor navigation systems in its latest quarter. [Here’s a roundup of 16 surgical robotics companies you need to know.]

eCential Robotics officials believe they have an advantage because their system unifies intraoperative 2D/3D imaging, navigation and robotics. A unified system avoids unreliable calibration and registration steps and other pitfalls involved with traditional image navigation pairing, according to the company. It also streamlines the surgical workflow and automates technical steps.

The eCential Robotic system has a single user interface for all devices. It is also possible to use the system with implants from any manufacturer.

Currently operating on spine surgery applications, the company plans to expand the system’s uses to other bone surgery indications in the future.

The company’s CTO, David Armand, said, “With always huge potential for innovation, eCential Robotics simplifies the entire workflow for a seamless surgical experience.

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Nexar releases driver behavior maps to humanize robot drivers https://tcmechwars.com/nexar-releases-driver-behavior-maps-to-humanize-robot-drivers/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://tcmechwars.com/nexar-releases-driver-behavior-maps-to-humanize-robot-drivers/ Crowdsourced vision data collected from Nexar’s smart dash cams helps AVs stop, merge, turn and drive like humans, providing a safer driving experience. TEL AVIV, Israel, August 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nexar, a leading AI computer vision company, today announced the release of its driver behavior mapping data. The driver behavior map provides an overview […]]]>

Crowdsourced vision data collected from Nexar’s smart dash cams helps AVs stop, merge, turn and drive like humans, providing a safer driving experience.

TEL AVIV, Israel, August 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nexar, a leading AI computer vision company, today announced the release of its driver behavior mapping data. The driver behavior map provides an overview of different road segments, driver types, weather and road conditions. Nexar’s dash cams capture a wide range of crowd-sourced driving data about real-life human driving behavior, then aggregate and overlay it onto a high-definition basemap to be used for autonomous and assisted driving.

As local agents who have driven in an area know more than agents who have not, whether autonomous or human, AVs will use real-time data from Nexar to humanize driving by training in local driving culture and mapping crucial driving habits. AVs can use these maps to determine when to change lanes before a turn, how to slow down in turns, where virtual stop lines are, and more.

“A self-driving car that only drives according to a raw map would be an immediate danger due to its robotic driving style,” said Eran Chir, Co-founder and CEO of Nexar. “It’s not necessarily that humans drive better than robots, it’s that AVs need a lot of human data obtained by those who have passed through a particular area. Without even being aware of it, we take hundreds of decisions that adapt to local conditions, culture and comfort each time we drive.AVs need to synchronize with this behavior in order to provide the safest and most comfortable drive.

Nexar’s driver behavior map considers speed distribution, acceleration distribution, turn probability at intersections, lane change probability, and virtual crosswalks, among others. Providing a smooth and safe ride, behavior-trained AVs will better understand, measure, and compare safety-related behaviors (stop lines, school zones, etc.), as well as drive better based on road and traffic conditions. the visibility. Nexar’s maps will give AV vehicles human-like driving behavior, while benefiting from the safety advancements of a robot driver.

“Nexar is used by commercial and ordinary drivers, at all hours of the day, on different road segments and in all weather conditions,” Shir continued. “There is no more efficient or cost-effective way to collect this diverse set of human driving data that is such a crucial part of our journey to advancing a safe future for autonomous driving. With the right data, a AV running from Nexar’s driver behavior map will continue to become indistinguishable from a human-driven car in terms of driving flow.”

Cars equipped with Nexar’s smart dash cams travel more than 160 million miles per month, providing valuable driving data across the United States. By accessing a real-time record of how other vehicles travel on the same segment of road at different times of day, AVs can “see” what lies ahead and use a map that is constantly updated. Maps cover all 50 states.

About Nexar

Founded in 2015, Nexar’s mission is to achieve Vision Zero, making the world collision-free. Creating a network of smart, connected vehicles, Nexar uses dash cams to generate a new, high-quality understanding of the world – at street level. Resulting in a constantly updated library of 4 trillion images and videos, 200 million kilometers of footage are added every month. Aggregated, anonymized and paired with vision-based AI, this data is used to power a digital twin of the world. Nexar has developed a portfolio of vision-based data services and solutions for businesses across a multitude of industries, including OEMs, fleets, insurance, autonomous vehicles and the public sector.

For more information, visit data.getnexar.com.

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Futurama’s robot riddle is the show’s most powerful metaphor https://tcmechwars.com/futuramas-robot-riddle-is-the-shows-most-powerful-metaphor/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 05:09:59 +0000 https://tcmechwars.com/futuramas-robot-riddle-is-the-shows-most-powerful-metaphor/ Futurama, while largely focused on silly sci-fi comedy, is a show somewhat defined by an undercurrent of philosophical consideration and contemplation. The show delved into questions about faith, time, fate and love – while highlighting the kind of philosophy needed to survive in a wild and strange world. Futurama is the kind of series where […]]]>

Futurama, while largely focused on silly sci-fi comedy, is a show somewhat defined by an undercurrent of philosophical consideration and contemplation. The show delved into questions about faith, time, fate and love – while highlighting the kind of philosophy needed to survive in a wild and strange world.

Futurama is the kind of series where even throwaway characters can have a deeper meaning and connection to the themes of the series. The Robot Mafia is a quirky group of characters, but the fact that they even exist – seemingly from their autonomy and decision-making – speaks to one of the best elements of the series.

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by Futurama robots are a unique addition to the universe. The modern incantation of them was devised by Professor Farnsworth (as revealed in Season 4’s “Crimes of the Hot”) at Mom’s request. The ultra-wealthy business mogul has retained control of most of the robots (as evidenced in Season 2’s “Mother’s Day”), though she has allowed many of them to generally perform roles. regularly around the world. Many were built by Mom’s Friendly Robot Company (which at one point even employed Hermes). Soon, robots filled nearly every profession in the universe, from construction to public safety to entertainment. Some malfunctioned and went rogue, like Robot Santa Claus (who embarked on an annual killing spree against the “bad guys”, a corrupted version of his programming). But other bots seem to be able to resist their programming and do something else instead, as their actions are downright criminal.


The Robot Mafia, a recurring group introduced in Season 2 “Bender Gets Made”, is likely by Futurama most cohesive group of criminal characters. Donbot, Clamps, and Joey Mousepad (who shares a performer with Bender) are featured at least once a season after their introduction, often committing crimes and somehow clashing with the Planet Express Crew. Their influence is so powerful and extensive that they can fully assassinate a judge in plain sight in “The Silence of the Clamps” of season 6 without any consequences. If modern robots of Futurama are relatively recent creations, so the Robot Mafia would apparently be part of this generation designed by Mom’s Friendly Robot Company. The question then arises: why has anyone ever built a criminal robot? What function could a “Donbot” actually perform for the world? It seems then that quite openly stupid Robot Mafia might be another example of the show’s most enduring emotional threads.


RELATED: Was Futurama’s Bender Always Destined To Be Evil?

Robots are shown throughout the show dealing with issues of free will versus their programming which forms a major aspect of the show’s subplots. This extends to breeding (something Bender does himself in Season 7’s “The Bots and the Bees,” leading up to the birth of his son Ben). Bender also proves that robots can act of their own volition, a major aspect of character development throughout the series. He’s not the only robot to do this – Calculous’ original form being a claw used for building cars in season 2’s ‘The Honking’. Calculon has revealed that he became an actor though his programming is something different, a hint that robots even beyond Bender can change their fates.


The robot mafia is the most important proof of this, because it is much more likely that they were designed for something else and chose a life of crime. The Donbot is arguably one of the most independent robots in the series. Like Bender, Donbot actually ended up having a wife and two daughters, gaining an entire family (several of whom have relationships with Bender over the course of the series), suggesting greater free will for the criminal than most – he’s just ready to act on it. The Robot Mafia choose be criminals.

While it’s a morally dubious decision, it’s also one that speaks to the show’s ultimate message. It seems that the robot mafia has effectively taken over the criminal underworld of Futurama – even claiming to be “duly elected” as a criminal union connection in season 3’s “Bend Her”. This suggests that they have risen within the robot community, beyond their programming – making decisions selfish and stupid like Bender, truly establishing their free will. The importance of free will and active personal growth is a major theme of the show, and one of the show’s weirdest elements quietly underscores how important it is to the entire universe.


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O2’s Bubl The Robot helps customers make a difference https://tcmechwars.com/o2s-bubl-the-robot-helps-customers-make-a-difference/ Fri, 26 Aug 2022 09:43:09 +0000 https://tcmechwars.com/o2s-bubl-the-robot-helps-customers-make-a-difference/ O2 introduced the next iteration of its mascot Bubl the robot by revealing that customers can redeem their mobile whenever they want, as often as they want, without incurring any fees. O2 Switch Up is migrating all customers to the carrier’s Plus plans for free, giving everyone an unrestricted contract with greater flexibility to upgrade […]]]>

O2 introduced the next iteration of its mascot Bubl the robot by revealing that customers can redeem their mobile whenever they want, as often as they want, without incurring any fees.

O2 Switch Up is migrating all customers to the carrier’s Plus plans for free, giving everyone an unrestricted contract with greater flexibility to upgrade their phone at any time.

VCCP London’s “Step Up When It Suits You” depicts the world through Bubl’s eyes as the cute robot wanders through a park. It follows an O2 customer ready to ‘change’ their mobile with their Bubl vision, before pulling out a shiny new phone from an internal compartment.

Simon Valcarcel, Marketing Director at Virgin Media O2, said: “O2 Switch Up gives our customers the power to decide which phone they have and when they have it, all on their terms and with the peace of mind that their old phone won’t. go waste.

Laura Muse, Creative Director at VCCP London, added: “Life is changing at an insane rate these days, so being free to find a phone that suits you is awesome. O2 really takes care of everyone. And there’s no better way to show it than seeing the world through Bubl’s smart and lovable eyes.

In line with O2’s Roam Freely campaign, the activity will cover VOD, cinema, OLV, social media, outdoor advertising (OOH), radio and Twitch until the end of October.

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Reference agency: VCCP London

Content studio: Girl&Bear and Bernadette

PR: Hope and Glory

Media: Havas Media UK

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This Shark robot vacuum cleaner is for sale on Amazon https://tcmechwars.com/this-shark-robot-vacuum-cleaner-is-for-sale-on-amazon/ Wed, 24 Aug 2022 08:30:00 +0000 https://tcmechwars.com/this-shark-robot-vacuum-cleaner-is-for-sale-on-amazon/ One of the most convenient ways to keep floors clean is to offload the tedious chore onto a cleaning gadget that will do the work for you. And now is the perfect time to do so thanks to a popular robot vacuum deal going on on Amazon right now. The retailer is offering 23 percent […]]]>

One of the most convenient ways to keep floors clean is to offload the tedious chore onto a cleaning gadget that will do the work for you. And now is the perfect time to do so thanks to a popular robot vacuum deal going on on Amazon right now.


The retailer is offering 23 percent off the Shark Ion AV751 Robot Vacuum Cleaner designed to clean hard floors and carpets, with minimal effort on your part. Equipped with strong suction power and a three-brush cleaning system, the cleaner easily cleans up dirt, dust, crumbs and debris.


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On a full charge, the vacuum has a runtime of 120 minutes to tackle all kinds of messes around the house. This includes hard-to-reach areas under furniture thanks to its low profile, meaning you won’t have to push around a heavy bed or sofa to keep every square inch of your floors spotless. Plus, its built-in sensors prevent it from falling down stairs or hitting walls and furniture.


When it comes to controlling the vacuum, you have several handy options, including connecting to the SharkClean app. With the app, you can start and stop cleaning as well as schedule cleaning times, even when you’re away from home. The vacuum is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can control it with just your voice.


More than 2,800 customers gave the robot vacuum five stars. Many are impressed by its “powerful” suction, with one write“Even after sweeping and cleaning the whole house, this thing will still pick up a dustbin full of dust and cat hair afterwards.”


A reviewer with several cats and dogs called it a “game changer”, saying, “It’s quiet enough to run while I’m working from home and the battery lasts forever.” They also added, “It actually fits under the bar cart, coffee table, bedside table, etc.”


Simplify your floor care routine and get hooked Shark Ion AV751 Robot Vacuum Cleaner at Amazon before the savings are gone.


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Local start-up tests delivery robot in Msheireb https://tcmechwars.com/local-start-up-tests-delivery-robot-in-msheireb/ Mon, 22 Aug 2022 17:13:00 +0000 https://tcmechwars.com/local-start-up-tests-delivery-robot-in-msheireb/ A local startup pass, helps Qatari residents and locals solve peer-to-peer delivery needs through their innovative smartphone app available on Apple and Android platforms. Pass’ strategic collaboration with PEYK, one of the most promising UK delivery platforms, allows them to bring their expertise and technology from the UK to Qatar. Through their mobile app, the […]]]>

A local startup pass, helps Qatari residents and locals solve peer-to-peer delivery needs through their innovative smartphone app available on Apple and Android platforms.

Pass’ strategic collaboration with PEYK, one of the most promising UK delivery platforms, allows them to bring their expertise and technology from the UK to Qatar. Through their mobile app, the company has made tens of thousands of deliveries to individuals as well as local businesses and their customers through their state-of-the-art business dashboard.

As a company, Pass has always been focused on delivering products with the lowest possible carbon footprint. Through its partnership with PEYK, Pass offers autonomous short-haul deliveries in Qatar using robots. Currently, these robots are being tested at Msherieb, the perfect location for these smart, self-driving deliveries. This robot weighs about 50 kg and has a length of 1 m and a width of 45 cm. Thanks to the advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence technology, the device is more efficient in terms of battery consumption and speed. The company’s goal is to have a significant number of zero-carbon deliveries by the end of 2023.

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This robot quarterback could be the future of football practice | Technology https://tcmechwars.com/this-robot-quarterback-could-be-the-future-of-football-practice-technology/ Sat, 20 Aug 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://tcmechwars.com/this-robot-quarterback-could-be-the-future-of-football-practice-technology/ When the Green Bay Packers entered the training ground this week, they were greeted by an unusual new teammate: a robot. In videos on Twitter, a 6-foot-tall white robotic machine simulates a punter, sending balls at a rapid pace to players on the field. The robot, which contains six balls in a rotating cartridge, could […]]]>

When the Green Bay Packers entered the training ground this week, they were greeted by an unusual new teammate: a robot.

In videos on Twitter, a 6-foot-tall white robotic machine simulates a punter, sending balls at a rapid pace to players on the field. The robot, which contains six balls in a rotating cartridge, could also mimic the style of a quarterback, including the speed, arc and timing of a pitch.

The Seeker is a robotic quarterback, kicker and punter rolled into one. This is a modern take on football equipment, called a JUGS machine, which has been used for decades to simulate throwing and kicking football players. The seeker, according to company officials, however, is a more accurate launcher and runs software that allows players to practice more advanced game scenarios.

The robot, created by Dallas-based Monarc Sport, is starting to gain acceptance. Top college football programs, such as Louisiana State University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Iowa, all have the seeker as part of their training strategy. The Green Bay Packers are the first team in the National Football League to try this technology.

The Seeker’s software allows players to customize the way they train with it. Athletes can catch balls close to the machine to improve hand-eye coordination. They can also program the robot to throw a ball at a location on the field, or simulate more realistic conditions by throwing over or under a ball. Players wear a pager-like tag that allows the robot to track their location on the field and toss a ball precisely within inches.

“It gives so many opportunities for our guys to get reps without needing to have a quarterback there,” said Ben Hansen, director of football administration in Iowa, where technology was tested for the first time. “That’s a huge plus.”

Since the 1970s, football teams have relied on the JUGS machine to avoid burning out quarterbacks and kickers. It fired soccer balls through two high-speed rotating discs and allowed players to run routes or practice catching on their own, operating with basic machinery and without using software.

Over the decades, the machine – named after its creator, JUGS Sports – has become commonplace on football pitches. But he was criticized by football staff for his poor performances.

Matt LaFleur, the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, spent a few minutes in early August criticizing the JUGS machine for not faking punts well. “It was awful,” he told a news conference. “You couldn’t spin the ball. It was almost impossible to catch.”

JR Reichenbach, national account manager at JUGS Sports, said the company contacted the Packers after seeing the clip to ask if they could help resolve the issue. “We were there for them,” he said. “They didn’t need anything, everything is fine.”

Igor Karlicic and Bhargav Maganti, co-founders of Monarc Sport, started working on the Seeker in 2015 as engineering students at Northwestern University looking for a way to allow wide receivers to practice on their own. They created a prototype and worked with Iowa to refine the concept.

The Seeker robot has two rotating discs, similar to a JUGS machine, which spin quickly and help throw a ball. The robot can carry six bullets at a time in cartridges, similar to a rotating gun chamber. Each robot costs about $40,000 to $50,000 a year for hardware, software and maintenance, Karlicic said.

“The little perks matter a lot,” Karlicic said of the robot’s training options. “All of that has a huge impact on game day.”

Hansen, from Iowa, said in an interview that his team started using the Seeker in 2018. One of the most useful parts of the technology, he said, is being able to program it to launch passes that simulate game day conditions. Unlike the JUGS machine, he said, which has no software to pass random patterns, the Seeker can deliberately throw passes that aren’t perfect.

“Every pass isn’t always going to hit you in the chest,” he said. “So being able to practice and simulate different types of passes that come your way only helps your ability to be more efficient and productive when it comes to catching.”

A case study published in April by Microsoft, which provides the software ecosystem for the robot, noted that West Virginia University’s pass rate fell to 4% in 2021 from 53% last season after the introduction of the robot into the training. The university’s senior athletic director said the robot deserved “share of the credit” for the result.

After LaFleur complained about the Packers’ JUGS machine, Karlicic said his company accelerated a plan to give the team a tryout of the robot that was in practice this week. The team is not yet an official customer, Karlicic said, but has been talking to Monarc Sport for months.

The Green Bay Packers declined to comment.

Daron K. Roberts, former NFL assistant coach and director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at the University of Texas, said in an interview that he’s not surprised football teams are interested in the Seeker. . In recent years, the NFL has leaned into wearable devices, drones and other forms of technology to automate training and team operations.

“Technology has seeped into the NFL,” he said.

Roberts said most NFL teams will likely review the Packers’ tryout to assess whether there are any tangible benefits.

“The NFL is a very hearty league,” he said. “If another team has an advantage, other teams will follow.”

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This deep-sea haptic robot is helping scientists save ancient artifacts https://tcmechwars.com/this-deep-sea-haptic-robot-is-helping-scientists-save-ancient-artifacts/ Wed, 17 Aug 2022 00:03:46 +0000 https://tcmechwars.com/this-deep-sea-haptic-robot-is-helping-scientists-save-ancient-artifacts/ More than 330 meters below the surface of the Mediterranean Sea, OceanOnea humanoid submersible developed by the Robotics Lab at Stanford University, approached its target: the Aleria, a 2nd-century Roman shipwreck that contained an ancient treasure. For a moment, the submarine hovered just above the seabed in silent darkness. A nearby smaller assistant robot readjusted […]]]>

More than 330 meters below the surface of the Mediterranean Sea, OceanOnea humanoid submersible developed by the Robotics Lab at Stanford University, approached its target: the Aleria, a 2nd-century Roman shipwreck that contained an ancient treasure. For a moment, the submarine hovered just above the seabed in silent darkness. A nearby smaller assistant robot readjusted its spotlight, illuminating the floor. Then OceanOne gently dug its fingers into the sand at the base of the wreck and began to feel.

“I see through robot eyes and touch through robot hands,” Osama Khatib, director of Stanford’s Robotics Lab, told The Daily Beast.

Carefully, the robot’s hands lightly combed the sand. He stopped, readjusted his grip, and dug up a small object in a brief puff of silt. Khatib brought it closer: an almost perfectly preserved oil lamp from the early Roman Empire.

“What’s important is that you have a very flexible hand and arm, that you can gently close your hand around the object and pick it up,” Khatib told The Daily Beast. “Then you’re not going to break it. There is no other arm like this for archaeology. It really is a new technology.

The core technology that Khatib refers to is haptic feedback. Sometimes called kinesthetic communication or 3D touch, haptic technology creates a tactile experience by applying forces, vibrations or movements to the user. And it helps scientists like Khatib explore new frontiers in their research.

The OceanOne expedition, which took place off Corsica in July 2022, was the longest and deepest haptics-testing underwater mission of its kind, reaching a depth of one kilometer. The project started in September 2021 with two sites near Marseille. The first was a World War II-era P-38 Lightning aircraft 40 meters underwater; the second was and a submarine, The Protée, resting at 124 meters deep. Since then, the OceanOne robot has been slowly diving towards deeper and deeper parts.

World War II P-38 Lightning aircraft.

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The team, made up of an international cadre of roboticists, marine biologists and underwater archaeologists, seeks to use the haptic robot to “explore places no one has yet visited and show that touch, vision and human interactivity can be brought to these sites”. far from where people can operate,” according to Stanford News.

All robots on the mission were controlled from the Alfred Merlin, a research vessel designed by Michel L’Hour when he was director of the French Department of Underwater Archeology (DRASSM).

The archaeologist is a sort of surgeon of the past. Could one imagine a surgeon who would work without feeling what he touches? It’s the same for us.

Dr. Michel L’Hour

“For an archaeologist, the two absolutely essential senses are sight and touch,” L’Hour told The Daily Beast. “And it is always possible to do without sight when working in very dirty water. If we do not perceive this notion of touch, it is impossible to perceive if the object is fragile, if it is cracked, for example.

“Haptic hands are therefore absolutely essential,” said L’Hour. “The archaeologist is a sort of surgeon of the past. Could one imagine a surgeon who would work without feeling what he touches? It’s the same for us.

Inside of Alfred Merlin, Khatib wore special glasses that allowed him to move the robot’s head and see the underwater environment in 3D through the robot’s two eye cameras. He held the oil lamp and watched another assistant robot, piloted by the French Department of Underwater Archeology, glide past OceanOne. He hit an open container on the seabed. Khatib rotated OceanOne’s arms, lowered the artifact using haptic hands, and gently released the oil lamp into the container. Then the assistant robot closed the lid of the container and slowly began the 90-minute ascent to the surface.

OceanOne’s journey to Aleria brought back a total of four early Roman oil lamps and an immaculate ornate vase. “The oil lamps found on the Aleria the wreck bears extremely important inscriptions for dating the cargo and understanding the economic and historical environment of the site,” L’Hour said. “These are essential to understanding and dating the wreck Aleria and to understand where this wreck is located in the history of economic exchanges by sea during Roman times in the Mediterranean. Both L’Hour and Khatib confirmed that the artifacts could not have been saved without the help of such precise haptic feedback on the OceanOne.

Frédéric Osada/DRASSM/Stanford

After the Aleriathe team sailed to The Francesco Crispi, an Italian steamer sunk by a British torpedo in 1943. OceanOne had previously visited the crispi in February, but mechanical problems with one of the arms hampered the operation. One of the challenges the team faced was that the wreckage lies approximately 500 meters below the surface of the Mediterranean, deeper than OceanOne has ever been before.

“We had to rethink the electronics,” Khatib told The Daily Beast. “Oscillators at 1,000 meters of pressure will be destroyed. So we had to turn to solid-state oscillators and capacitors. »

Khatib and the Stanford team had to keep their arms light and dexterous, while defending the sensitive haptic electronics. So to fight against the immense pressure at the bottom of the crispithe team, in collaboration with Robotic Mekacreated a system for adapting internal and external pressure using oil in the arms of the robot.

Frédéric Osada/DRASSM/Stanford

“There’s a compensator that takes the water pressure and presses it into the tube, which keeps the oil at the same pressure inside as it is outside.” Khatib told The Daily Beast.

This time, OceanOne was able to fully explore the crispi. Using haptic hands, Khatib held a camera attached to a long rod. He then tilted it into small cracks in the boat to scan the interior for cracks and artifacts. In the process, the team discovered a new type of iron-oxidizing rust that had never been seen before.

Frédéric Osada/DRASSM/Stanford

Haptic technology not only helps us better control and explore our underwater environment. It is also used on the International Space Station. François Conti is the co-founder of Force Dimension, a Swiss haptic systems company. He is also an alumnus of Khatib at Stanford and worked on the development of the OceanOne project. Conti believes that in the future, haptic systems will allow us to build structures with robots on the moon.

“The idea is that now we can start working on the moon, we can have astronauts teleoperating these robots, as if they were there,” Conti told The Daily Beast. “So we’re seeing all kinds of areas where you realize the haptics are amazing, because now you can start fixing satellites remotely, running a robot on the moon.”

The robot investigating an old shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean.

Frédéric Osada/DRASSM/Stanford

In November 2019, Force Dimension, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), delivered haptic interfaces to the ISS. Called Project METERON (Multi-Purpose End-To-End Robotic Operation Network), it was tested by astronauts on the ISS to control ground robots in the Netherlands using haptic feedback. And finally, as Conti told The Daily Beast, “you can shake hands from Earth to space.”

While there’s no pressure, water, or gravity to contend with in space, haptic communications has its own set of challenges in outer orbit. The two biggest hurdles were speed and distance, Conti said. The ISS orbits the Earth at 17,500 miles per hour, circling the globe completely every 90 minutes. It is also approximately 250 miles from sea level, compared to OceanOne, which submerged a third of a mile. So to account for speed and distance, Force Dimension teamed up with a “constellation of satellites to create an internet connection with Earth,” Conti explained. This way, the ISS would still be daisy-chained to a single point on Earth, while rapidly spinning around it.

The slightest lag in haptic feedback could make all the difference when dealing with fragile objects like artifacts and space equipment. But Conti and Khatib said their systems incorporate algorithms to mitigate delays.

Osama Khatib and his team navigate the robot and examine its observations.

Frédéric Osada/DRASSM/Stanford

Ultimately, whether it’s under 1000 pounds of pressure or floating in zero gravity, haptic feedback helps us better explore and restore our internal and external worlds. Humanity’s ability to harness haptics plays a pivotal role in advancing the ways we pilot ourselves in the future. Khatib expressed it well when he said, “When you touch, it’s complete. By touching something half a mile away, it becomes real.

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‘sound structures’ by nFrontier: a human-robot collaboration https://tcmechwars.com/sound-structures-by-nfrontier-a-human-robot-collaboration/ Mon, 15 Aug 2022 10:01:45 +0000 https://tcmechwars.com/sound-structures-by-nfrontier-a-human-robot-collaboration/ ‘sound structures’ by nfrontier: a new workflow Based in Berlin nBorder has developed ‘Sound Structures’, a collaborative manufacturing process between humans and robots for sound absorbing panels using Formvlies and Franka Emika tactile Panda robots. Starting from research into sound absorbing structures, the exciting new case study draws on materials research, process innovation and HRC […]]]>

‘sound structures’ by nfrontier: a new workflow

Based in Berlin nBorder has developed ‘Sound Structures’, a collaborative manufacturing process between humans and robots for sound absorbing panels using Formvlies and Franka Emika tactile Panda robots. Starting from research into sound absorbing structures, the exciting new case study draws on materials research, process innovation and HRC to create a system of individual and unique structural felt panels made from a single thermoforming mould.

“We started the project to develop a new workflow, where touch robots and humans perform a set of tasks in a truly collaborative way, coming together in true teamwork, rather than working alongside each other. others in a manufacturing environment,’ says Daniel Büning, CEO of nFrontier.

the prototyping process

To achieve noise reduction, the crew at nFrontier has adopted the following strategies. The first is to dissipate sound energy with the lengthening of the sound path by increasing the area and typology of the reflective surface. The second follows the principle of mechanical damping, where sound energy is transformed into kinetic energy by moving fibers in a fabric. ‘The challenge was to develop a manufacturing process for panels with different surface topologies and a smooth surface texture.e,’ explains the studio.

‘Sound Structures’ by nFrontier: forming tools held by robotic arms

Prototyping of nFrontier “sound structures” began by thermoforming wire patterns, origami textures and moving objects onto sheets of PET as a quick way to obtain and test different topologies and surfaces. The following iterations were made using Formvlies, a moldable two-component thermoplastic felt, with soft surfaces that provide the right mix of deformability and structural capabilities for optimized sound absorption properties.

In a newly developed process similar to vacuum forming, the felt is squeezed, heated, and then shaped between an inflatable membrane from below and a special case inserted from above. The case contains moving spheres of different sizes modified each time to ensure that each panel has a unique yet recognizable geometry.

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activation of the heating process by tactile feedback

“We were particularly interested in the tension created between the random shuffling of the spheres – mimicking the movement of the human hand – and the strictly repetitive pre-programmed actions of the tactile robots.,’ Buning said.

The molding process involves two robots performing respective tasks in parallel with a human operator, in which new material is inserted and mold panels are manually removed. After activation by tactile feedback, the first robot ensures that the felt is evenly heated to a precise and required temperature. Then a second robot is programmed to move the mould, repositioning the spheres inside to ensure a different layout each time before precisely placing them in the molding device. nfrontier develops innovative design and manufacturing process for sound absorbing felt panel systems in human robot collaboration 7

activation of the randomization process by tactile feedback

“The end product is a system of unique 3D shaped panels with a felt texture that can be arranged in different patterns. Each panel topology is defined by the arrangement of the mold spheres at any given time and designed to increase its surface area. Combined with the properties of soft surfaces and the qualities of Formvlies, this is the key to achieving the desired sound absorption properties needed to reduce the level of surrounding noise,’ writes nFrontier.

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Local restaurants relieve pressure on servers with robots https://tcmechwars.com/local-restaurants-relieve-pressure-on-servers-with-robots/ Sat, 13 Aug 2022 16:52:18 +0000 https://tcmechwars.com/local-restaurants-relieve-pressure-on-servers-with-robots/ By Betsy Webster Click here for updates on this story KANSAS CITY, Missouri (KCTVName) – As restaurants begin to see demand surge after the pandemic, some are turning to an unusual source to help their staff. At two local restaurants, you might see a robot bring your food the next time you dine out. At […]]]>

By Betsy Webster

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri (KCTVName) – As restaurants begin to see demand surge after the pandemic, some are turning to an unusual source to help their staff. At two local restaurants, you might see a robot bring your food the next time you dine out.

At Sayachi Sushi in Brookside, a sleek machine announces its move from the kitchen to the dining room with the phrase “Here comes the robot!”

The tone is polite but playful.

“It’s the voice of the elevator in Japan,” said customer Nathan Riding, who has lived in Japan.

Sayachi Sushi co-owner Carlos Falcon named the robot Totoro, a giant, fuzzy chinchilla in a Japanese animated film for children.

“My husband named the robot that because it’s my favorite stuffed animal,” said co-owner Sayaka Falcon.

With four trays, Totoro can carry more than a human food runner.

“When we’re really busy or when we have a really big table, it helps,” server Archer Wright said.

Servers are usually steps away from Totoro removing food from trays to help customers identify the contents of their order and provide the human touch expected of quality service.

“He just has this delightful quality. He is very human. But much nicer than some humans I’ve met,” said first-time customer Maddy Poletis, laughing.

Sayaka Falcon says they asked Totoro to help them when they had trouble hiring, and he always takes some of the burden off when they get criticized. but he also became a bit of a celebrity.

“Sometimes people call and say, ‘Is the robot working today?’ And you’re like, ‘Well, the robot doesn’t have a day off.’ From the employer’s perspective, that’s the best thing, you know. No drama, no sick days,” Falcon said.

She laughed at her own joke, as she appreciates her human servers and has no intention of replacing them. Although she notes that it also saves them money, since they don’t have to tip that sender part of their tip at the end of the night.

She says Totoro costs the equivalent of six months salary for a waiter.

It plays a little melody along the way. He can sing happy birthday, but he’s currently tuned to a soft keyboard tune to be unobtrusive. Customers noticed the sound was cute and charming, but Wright says it also acts as a warning to servers to steer clear when turning into a blind corner of the server station at the dining room.

If you’re getting in the way of Totoro, his sensors know and he’ll try to get around you. But if you play a stubborn chicken game, he will talk.

“I’m sorry. I have to go,” he told KCTV5 news team when we tested his patience.

His third remark ranges from politeness to entreaty.

“Don’t block my path. Please. I have to work. Otherwise, I’ll get fired.

It’s Wright’s favorite.

He says customers notice the dots on the ceiling, each with a different design, and ask, is it braille? Is it art?

They actually match a table number, programmed into Totoro, whose upward-facing camera can match it to the table it’s tasked to deliver to.

It even has a slower “stable” setting for ramen orders.

“I mean, I think he spilled less ramen on himself than on me,” Wright says.

Totoro’s second remark when he’s stuck is, “Don’t get too obsessed with me. Please.”

Poletis repeated the line with a laugh, then added, “I’m totally obsessed with him. I would like to have a Totoro at home.

Sayachi Sushi isn’t the only restaurant in town to have a food processor. Lulu’s Thai noodle shop at Crossroads has had one since late June and will add a second in its new location in Overland Park when it opens this fall. They too use their robot just to transport food. Human servers do all customer interactions.

One manager said it’s less about a staff shortage than just trying to lend them a hand, but it’s also a novelty that kicks in customers.

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