Friday, February 2, 2018

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

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

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.

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