Friday, February 2, 2018

Project HoverArm, using high torque Hoverboard motors for robotics applications.

https://discourse.odriverobotics.com/t/project-hoverarm/441/2


Hoverboard motors were already mentioned by @zwn in this thread several months ago, and recently I started looking into using them myself, and there are a few others over on the ODrive discord (specifically @beak90) who are also interested.

The first thing to note about these motors is that they are mass produced in large qantities, and they have enough torque to direct-drive a human, and humans are heavy. This means we can expect that it has a good torque-to-price ratio. Turns out, nope, it actually has a ridiculous torque-to-price ratio.











Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Scientists Put a Worm Brain in a Lego Robot Body - And It Worked

C. elegans is a little nematodes that have been extensively studied by scientists - we know all their genes and their nervous system has been analysed many times.
So, in 2014, a collective called the OpenWorm project mapped all the connections between the worm's 302 neurons and managed to simulate them in software
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-put-worm-brain-in-lego-robot-openworm-connectome

Friday, October 27, 2017

Guardian GT - A human-controlled, force-multiplying robotic system




Guardian GT - A human-controlled, force-multiplying robotic system with one or two highly dexterous arms mounted on a track or wheeled base, allowing a single operator to do more, safely.


From basic labor-saving tasks like heavy lifting, to more intricate processes like welding and joining, it multiplies individual effectiveness and adds leverage to human capabilities.


https://www.sarcos.com/products/guardian-gt/

Sarcos Robotics is headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, with additional offices in the Greater Seattle area.