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Robots Podcast #165: AirDog

Posted 22 Sep 2014 at 16:51 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

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In Robots Podcast #165, Audrow Nash interviews Edgars Rozentals, the CEO and Founder of Helico Aerospace Industries. They talk about the company's upcoming product AirDog, which is an autonomous quadrocopter designed to record video for action sports. Airdog is controlled by means of ‘AirLeash’ (a wearable) to track the user as they move and provide the user with simple control of AirDog. Additionally, for advanced control, there is a smart phone application that allows the user to control the flight-path, following angle and height, and mark obstacles. AirDog recently completed a successful KickStarter campaign, raising nearly seven times their original funding goal, and plans to begin delivery in December 2014.

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Robots Podcast #164: M-Blocks

Posted 8 Sep 2014 at 15:57 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

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In episode #164, Audrow Nash interviews John Romanishin, a graduate student studying mechanical engineering and researching self-reconfigurable modular robots at MIT's Distributed Robotics Laboratory, led by Daniela Rus. His modular robotics project is the development of M-Blocks, small cubes (5 cm on a side) with no external actuators, which nevertheless manage to move and even jump.

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Robots Podcast #163: Birdly

Posted 25 Aug 2014 at 03:12 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

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In Robots Podcast #163, Audrow Nash interviews Max Rheiner from Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK) about his project Birdly. Birdly is a flight simulator with a difference. Unlike a common flight simulator, the user embodies a bird. To evoke this embodiment, Birdly mainly relies on sensory-motor coupling. The participant can control the simulator with their hands and arms, movement of which map directly to movement of a bird's wings and primary feathers.

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Robots Podcast #162: Stiquito

Posted 9 Aug 2014 at 16:23 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

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In episode #162, Audrow Nash interviews James Conrad, professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, about the history of the autonomous walking robot, Stiquito, originally developed by Jonathan Mills of Indiana University, as an inexpensive vehicle for research. Stiquito is a small, inexpensive hexapod robot that has been used since 1992 by universities, high schools, and hobbyists. It is propelled by nitinol (trade name FLEXINOL), an alloy actuator wire that contracts when heated, roughly emulating the operation of a muscle.

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Robots Podcast #161: Ekso Bionics

Posted 26 Jul 2014 at 23:55 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

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In episode #161, Audrow Nash speaks with Russ Angold, co-founder and CTO of Ekso Bionics, about the wearable bionic suit, Ekso. This suit enables individuals with any amount of lower extremity weakness to stand up and walk over ground with a natural, full weight bearing, reciprocal gait. Walking is achieved by the user’s weight shifts to activate sensors in the device which initiate steps. Battery-powered motors drive the legs, replacing deficient neuromuscular function.

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Robots Podcast #160: Cruising with Cruise

Posted 13 Jul 2014 at 15:55 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

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In episode #160, Robots Podcast speaks with Kyle Vogt, the CEO of Cruise. His company recently joined the “driverless revolution” with their release of RP-1. This system is a highway autopilot that can be installed in your existing car. It controls your steering, throttle, and braking, making sure your car remains safely in its lane and a safe distance from the car in front of you.

This episode is part of Robohub's Focus series on Autonomous Driving.

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Robots Podcast #159: Computer-assisted surgery

Posted 28 Jun 2014 at 15:47 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

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In Robots Podcast #159, Ron Vanderkley speaks to Prof. Karol Miller, Director of the Intelligent Systems for Medicine Lab and the Computational Geomechanics Laboratory at the University of Western Australia, and a specialist in the area of modelling and computer simulation in biomechanics, about medical robotics and how doctors and patients perceive its role and use. Central to his work are mathematical models of soft tissue (brain, liver, etc.) that can be used for robot-assisted surgery by providing fast and accurate feedback. He also discusses the potential and challenges in making surgery fully autonomous, and how his computational tools could be used to build transformer-like robots that can reassemble to adapt to new tasks.

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Robots Podcast #158: Ethics in HRI

Posted 15 Jun 2014 at 16:42 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

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In Robots Podcast #158, AJung Moon speaks with Laurel Riek, who is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, where she directs the Robotics, Health, and Communication Lab. Dr. Riek's research interests are in human-robot interaction, social signal processing, and health informatics. Her work explores how to build machines that are socially agile – able to sense, respond, and adapt to human behavior.

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