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A quick look at some of the wondrous work in robotics done by Festo.
German engineering firm Festo is creating a robot army. Sounds scary, right? But there’s no need to fear a “Skynet”-type apocalypse quite yet, because these robots want to do good by making laborious tasks easier in the factories of the future. And they’re using nature as their inspiration.
Festo summarizes the motivation behind their research on their website: “Gripping, moving, controlling and measuring – nature performs all of these tasks instinctively, easily and efficiently. What could be more logical than to examine these natural phenomena and learn from them?”
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FESTO: BionicKangaroo - energy-efficient jump kinematics based on a natural model
FESTO guarantees amazement. Every time. Their latest creation is a bionic kangaroo, which copies the unique natural and energy-efficient movements of the marsupial. The balance between the jumps is stunning. Well done. Again.
Actually, they upload their videos instantly on Youtube, but they are taking their time with this one. You can watch a video here on their website. I didn’t want to steal it, so if it is available on youtube, I’ll post it here.
With the BionicKangaroo, Festo has technologically reproduced the unique way a kangaroo moves. Like its natural model, it can recover the energy when jumping, store it and efficiently use it for the next jump.
Technical implementation of a unique form of movement
On the artificial kangaroo, Festo intelligently combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology to produce a highly dynamic system. The stable jump kinematics plus the precise control technology ensure stability when jumping and landing. The consistent lightweight construction facilitates the unique jumping behaviour. The system is controlled by gestures.
Mobile energy supply on board
Festo paid particular attention to the mobile energy supply on the artificial kangaroo. For this purpose, the team even developed two different concepts – one with an integrated compressor and one with a mobile high-pressure storage device.
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Line Segments Space
Installation by Kimchi and Chips features a polygon web of nylon strips, projected on to great effect - video embedded below:
An architectural web of threads subtends a null space. It hangs abstract and undefined, a set of thin positive elements segmenting the dark negative space between. Dynamic imaginary forms are articulated into the physical volume by the material of this thread, and the semi-material of the light. The visual gravity of the filaments occupying the space between.
A 2D canvas is reduced from a surface piece into a line segment, but then constructed into another dimension, a volume. Light creates contrast and order on the lines to articulate digital matter. Digital forms inhabit the interconnected boundaries of space, moulding visual mass,
The artists reference Picasso’s light painting, and Reticuláreas of Gego who’s work offers a contemplation of the material and immaterial, time and space, origin and encounter and art and technology.
You can find out more at Kimchi and Chips’ website here
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Would You Do as a Robot Commands? An Obedience Study for Human - Robot Interaction
Snip from Fast Co:
In the future, we will have robot overlords. This uncomfortable experiment (captured in hilarious video) shows just how easily humans will roll over when we work for the machines.
University of Manitoba:
Would you do as a robot commands? Robots are beginning to play a larger role in society, finding their way into hospitals, the military, and our daily lives; it’s not too far off to think that they may one day be put in positions of authority over people. We know all to well the dark side of authority from classical psychology experiments such as the Milgram and Stanford Prison Experiments, but one question remains: can the authority figure effect apply to robots as well as people? As a preliminary study we decided to test this theory out; we had our robot pressure participants to continue a highly tedious (and unpleasant) task, and compared the results to having a human experimenter. Did they obey the robot? Check out the paper and project video to find out!
Repisa RD-10 by designer Pedro Silva para Duit (MALLCO), 2013.
Materiales: Pl. Fierro 3mm, Terciado 18mm.
Fabricación: Allco (Hidrocorte-Pliegue-Electropintura).
Fotografía: Eugenio Celedón.
See also: duit
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