Nasa Tech Briefs

Smart Cameras

EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) offers three ZYNQ platforms for the EyeVision machine vision software. The systems are based on a DualCore ARM with FPGA. The EyeCheck ZQ smart camera features a 20 x 20 50 mm housing size, an S-Mount adapter and 10 freely programmable IOs and interfaces such as Ethernet, RS485 and CAN. In cases where space is not limited, a bigger ZYNQ smart camera can be used, such as a camera of the EyeCheck 4xxx, or EyeCheck 9xxx series. With a C-Mount lens adapter and more I/O interfaces the cameras are suitable for almost all applications. Also because of the C-Mount adapter all C-Mount lenses can be used: telecentric, endocentric, and hypercentric lenses.Click here to learn more

Posted in: Products, Products, Automation, Software

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Algorithm Improves Robots' Ability to Fetch Objects

An algorithm developed at Brown University will improve robots' ability to ask clarifying questions and more effectively retrieve objects, an important task for future robotic assistants.

Posted in: News, Automation, Robotics

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Fast-Tracking Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Vehicles Development with Simulation

ADAS and autonomous vehicles will soon be transforming our world. Due to the complexity of this immense engineering challenge, manufacturers now realize producing a reliable autonomous vehicle requires millions of miles of road testing—as onboard computers must be trained, not programmed. A seemingly impossible task.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Automation, Simulation Software

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Six-Legged Robots Move Faster with Bipod Gate

Researchers have discovered a faster and more efficient gait, never observed in nature, for six-legged robots walking on flat ground. Bio-inspired gaits, which are less efficient for robots, are used by real insects because they have adhesive pads to walk in three dimensions. (Credit: EPFL/Alain Herzog) Researchers in Lausanne, Switzerland have determined that a bipod gait is the fastest and most efficient way for six-legged robots to move on flat ground, provided they don’t have the adhesive pads used by insects to climb walls and ceilings. This suggests designers of insect-inspired robots should make a break with the nature-inspired tripod-gait paradigm.

Posted in: News, Motion Control, Robotics

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Will telepresence drones take off?

This week’s Question: According to a recent application made public last week, Google is hoping to patent a "mobile telepresence system." The proposed drone is designed for collaboration with colleagues from remote locations. The technology will fly indoors and move from room to room, adjusting to unpredictable floor plans. What do you think? Will telepresence drones take off?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Robotics

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Rescue Robot Has Remote Control Function

A group of Japanese researchers developed a prototype construction robot for disaster relief situations.A group of researchers at Osaka University, Kobe University, Tohoku University, The University of Tokyo, and Tokyo Institute of Technology developed construction robots for disaster relief that solve the various challenges of conventional construction machines used in such situations. Using a prototype machine, verification tests were performed in places that represented disaster sites to confirm successful performance. This prototype looks like an ordinary hydraulic excavator, but uses the following technologies: The rescue robot is shown with a UAV. (Image: Hiroshi Yoshinada)

Posted in: Briefs, Automation, Robotics, Disaster and emergency management, Emergency management, Robotics, Construction vehicles and equipment, Rescue and emergency vehicles and equipment

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Small Robot Has Outstanding Vertical Agility

Power modulation increases the robot’s peak jumping power by storing muscular energy in stretchy tendons.Roboticists at the University of California, Berkeley, have designed a small robot that can leap into the air and then spring off a wall, or perform multiple vertical jumps in a row, resulting in what they claim is the highest robotic vertical jumping agility ever recorded. The agility of the robot opens new pathways of locomotion, and the researchers hope that one day this robot and other vertically agile robots can be used to jump around rubble in search and rescue missions.

Posted in: Briefs, Automation, Robotics, Performance upgrades, Robotics, Rescue and emergency vehicles and equipment, Vehicle dynamics

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