The second generation of robotics is now upon us, as end of line and bench robotics are becoming economically accessible, robotic integration within industry is no longer only associated with large scale production and automotive assembly lines. Pick and place single arm, multi-axis robots are more popular than ever as users see both their cost and operational benefits. Capable of working along-side humans they perform the repetitive precision work required, faster and without fault.
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"A Cyborg is an organic being, usually but not necessarily human, with mechatronic enhancements. This conjures up images of the fictional Robocop, but a hearing-aid wearer is also, technically, a Cyborg"....
@TegwynTwmffat I assume you are using PWM for motor power control via H-Bridge drivers. Going downhill is always a problem especially with all the inertia of your robot. Usually the 'on' part of the PWM...
@TegwynTwmffat Good grief, your Weedinator robot appears to be a 4-wheeled version of the Curiosity rover!
@Bill Marshall PS. Details of robot are here: https://hackaday.io/project/53896-weedinator-2018
@Bill Marshall I addition to PID, I ended up using current sensing on the motor driver power supplies, which makes use of all the capacitors, inductors and other random wiring in those boxes to even out...
An AI-equipped ‘astronaut companion’ called CIMON is on its way to the International Space Station. With fictional androids starring in TV shows Westworld and Humans, just how close are we to creating a socially-acceptable companion robot?
Part 1 covered the theory behind PID control – a widely used method of ensuring that the mechanical output of an actuator (speed, position, etc) matches the value demanded by its controlling program. Now let’s look at practical aspects in detail.
Creating a multifunctional robot may seem difficult, but after reading this article you should be able to build one of your own.
Mobile robots can be divided into two classes: those that navigate around solely by sensing and avoiding obstacles, and those that move along a planned path using an internal electronic map. For the latter, you need mobility control.
What soft robots lack in hard strength and precision, they make up for with their gentle dexterity handling delicate objects, or their ability to go places other robots cannot reach.
I know the children are our future and all that, but sometimes I think they get all the fun. So I am really excited to be going to the UK MakerFaire in Newcastle 28-29 April 2018.
Have you seen Norbert Heinz's WinchBot 2.0? The WinchBot 2.0 is a robot that anyone can replicate, with the plans, assembly instructions, parts lists and RS parts lists openly available.
Industrial robots are big, expensive, inflexible and dangerous to human workers, right? Wrong, the next generation of Collaborative robots or Cobots can operate alongside humans and don’t need to be caged or fenced off.
The reality of living within a surrogate robotic body takes another step closer with the Telesar V.