Sunday, April 17, 2011


Zenithoids: The zenith of robotic intelligence
Isaac Armstrong develops the most advanced thinking machines ever created, the pinnacle of all technologies, Zenithoids, the zenith of robotic intelligence. The first directive of these machines is to service and maintain all aspects of automated industrial robotic assembly systems in manufacturing environments. Later, diversified versions of these machines are created to serve a second directive. After a joint venture with NASA, the Zenithoids are assigned to what is believed to be the third and final directive, the service for mankind to extend the reach outside of their world. Several years into the Zenithoids new mission of their third directive, a series of unfortunate and horrible events takes place. As Zantor progresses, he learns that good things can come from bad situations as these experiences influence and prepare him for the ultimate “fourth directive”. By necessity, Zantor is now forced to create the most spectacular technologies the human race could ever imagine.
Zantor is the supreme Zenithoid. He will discover his identity by a unique and shocking revelation with a very dramatic realization of superior awareness and self worth. At this time, this remarkable robot will have reached his maximum potential and will endure the greatest challenges the world will ever see!
Zantor is the robotic inventor and his (life) story has just begun!

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Friday, April 8, 2011

The DARwin OP humanoid robot seems to be appearing everywhere recently. The open platform approach has a lot of appeal to researchers and development labs. For more information visit Robots Dreams at . Distributed by Tubemogul.
Second Place for robandix Bioloid Hero at Humanoid Sprint Robot Challenge 2011 in
DARwIn-OP (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence--Open Platform) is an affordable, miniature-humanoid-robot platform with advanced computational power, sophisticated sensors, high payload capacity, and dynamic motion ability to enable many exciting research and education activities.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Good Try...
At the Robot Japan 2011 event in Tokyo last weekend, Taylor Veltrop used his Kinect based humanoid robot master/slave control system during the robot battles, then gave a demonstration for the participants. For more information visit Robots Dreams at . Distributed by T

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Robots: Multi-Robot Teams - mp3

Happy New Year from the whole Robots Podcast team! Don’t miss our amazingholiday robot videos!
For this last episode of 2010 we look at multi-robot teams and impressive quadrotor capabilities with Vijay Kumar from the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania and one of his PhD students, Daniel Mellinger.
Vijay Kumar
Vijay Kumar is Professor at the GRASP Lab and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at UPenn.
As an expert in networked multi-agent systems, he’ll be telling us how he sees robot teams of tomorrow being deployed in real-world missions. Challenges include keeping the robots networked, selecting the right level of autonomy and figuring out how to deal with large swarms of heterogenous robots.
Among the robots he sees doing team work are flying robots including quadrotors that use SLAM to get around or that can perform impressive aggressive maneuvers.
Daniel Mellinger
Daniel Mellinger is a PhD student at the GRASP Lab. He’s a rising star in dynamic control and has been featured in the media and on YouTube for his work with quadrotors passing through hoops and performing amazing motions.
We also speak about his latest work on transporting large objects using cooperative teams of quadrotors. This work got him the best paper award during the recent International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systemsat EPFL.

December 17th, 2010

Robots: Science Fiction II - mp3

In this episode we dive into the world of famous science fiction writer Greg Bear. Christine then takes us on an audio journey through one of his books,Mariposa. Finally don’t forget to send us your YouTube holiday videos featuring robots.
Greg Bear
Greg Bear is a famous writer, author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy. Over the years he’s been awarded two Hugos and five Nebulas for his fiction and has been called the “Best working writer of hard science fiction” by “The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.” His expertise in science has gotten him writing about topics from evolution to robotics, owing him reviews in Nature. One of his books, Darwin’s Radio even provided useful insights to biologists.
Regarding robotics, we’ll look at self-awareness, robots as mirrors for the human condition and the extent at which AIs should be given responsibility. We then dive into Isaac Asimov’s work, since Bear is an expert after writing a sequel to the foundation series. He tells us a few of Asimov’s secrets to make popular science fiction and how Asimov’s rules should be applied to robotics, if we don’t want to loose control.
Finally, Bear gives us his vision of the world and tells us how his talent in bringing pieces together within one story has gotten him helping the U.S. Army, the CIA and Homeland Security.
To give you a taste of his work, Christine will read an excerpt from Mariposadescribing the early Mind Design artificial intelligence called Jones, which leads to the AIs in Queen of AngelsSlant, and Moving Mars. Check out the Promo for his latest book below.

Holiday Videos
To get into the holiday mood, what better than watch some crazy robot videos. Make a holiday video featuring any robot, real or not, and put it on YouTube. Send us a link and we’ll feature it on our dedicated playlist and on our website!

December 3rd, 2010

Robots: Personal Helpers - mp3

In today’s episode we take a look at the status and progress of the personal robotics domain — a research field which is about to change our lives! We talk to Steve Cousins, CEO of Willow Garage and a major player in the field. We then talk to Moritz Tenorth to get a fascinating insight into the technological details which the work in this domain entails.
Steve Cousins
Steve Cousins is the President and CEO of Willow Garage.  He earned his PhD in Computer Science at Stanford University.  He has experience as a researcher and manager in both academic and industrial research labs, from the Washington University medical school and Stanford University, to Interval Research Corporation, Xerox PARC, and IBM Almaden.
Willow Garage is an unusual company set up to make robots help people. Human-scale “personal robots” will perform tasks in natural human environments, ranging from helping around the home to assisting in flexible manufacturing.  Willow Garage’s role has been to help accelerate progress in this field.  The PR2 robot combined with the open source Robot Operating System (ROS) enables researchers to more quickly explore applications of personal robots.
In this interview, Steve Cousins talks about the past and future of personal robotics, where the major challenges lie and what his personal picture of the future is!
Moritz Tenorth
Moritz Tenorth is currently finishing his PhD at the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group at the TU Munich where he works on making robots understand human environments, such as kitchens. In the memorable demonstration shown in the video below, three robots, including the Willow Garage’s PR2 work together to whip up a batch of pancakes.
To achieve this impressive result robots needed to have a high-level understanding of their world so that they can recognize useful objects and figure out what to do with them in order to follow recipes. For this purpose, Tenorth created KnowRob which is now implemented for ROS and can be used for a variety of different robots. He also explains how the Web can be a huge source of information for robots.

Finally, Tenorth tells us about the importance of unified operating system for robots and his experience in working with the PR2 and ROS.

November 19th, 2010

Robots: Dependable Swarms - mp3

In today’s episode we take a close look at swarm robotics and its potential use in real-world applications with expert Alan Winfield, co-founder of the Bristol Robotics Lab in the UK.

Alan Winfield
Alan Winfield is professor at theUniversity of Bristol where he conducts research at the Bristol Robotics Lab. As a pioneer in the field of Swarm Robotics, he’s been looking at how large numbers of simple robots with local information can self-organize to achieve seemingly complex tasks. In such systems, inspired from social insects such as ants and termites, the intelligence of the group emerges from the actions of the individual robots.
Beyond simply showing that swarm systems can work in the lab, Winfield has been considering ways to make swarming a reality in applications. The main challenge is that it is typically difficult to prove that swarm systems will work, which is something desirable for real-world tasks. Furthermore, increasing the number of robots in the system also increases the probability of robot failures that might be disruptive to the swarm’s purpose. To overcome these challenges, he created a new field of research called “Swarm Engineering”.
Winfield is also a follower of the Open Science movement, meaning that he often publishes data, source code and project updates as science progresses. In his effort for transparency, Winfield is also Senior Media Fellow for the EPSRC which has gotten him blogging and tweeting about robotics.
Finally, we also discuss ethics with a focus on robots that make us believe they have feelings and the emphasis on ethical roboticists rather than ethical robots.

November 5th, 2010

Robots: Autonomous Vehicles - mp3

In today’s episode we take a deeper look at what’s behind the hype over autonomous vehicles, and talk to two experts in the field, Alberto Broggi, leader of the Vislab Intercontinental Vehicle Challenge, and Raul Rojas, leader of the Made in Germany autonomous vehicle project.
Alberto Broggi
Alberto BroggiAlberto Broggi is the Director of theArtificial Vision and Intelligent Systems Lab at the University of Parma.
His main milestones are the ARGO Project (a 2000+ km test done on Italian highways back in 1998 in which the ARGO vehicle drove itself autonomously) and the setup of the Terramax vehicle who reached the finish line of the DARPA Grand Challenge 2005. The Vislab Intercontinental Vehicle Challenge was accomplished when the vehicle expedition recently reached Shanghai on October 28th after crossing two continents in a journey more than 3 months long.

Raúl Rojas
Raúl Rojas is a professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at the Free University of Berlin and a renowned specialist in artificial neural networks.
The FU-Fighters, football-playing robots he helped build, were world champions in 2004 and 2005. He formerly lead an autonomous car project called Spirit of Berlin and is now leading the development of the Made in Germany car, a spin-off project of the AutoNOMOS Project. Although most of his current research and teaching revolves around artificial intelligence and its applications, he holds academic degrees in mathematics and economics.

Robots: Robotics Roadmaps – Japan - mp3

In today’s episode we discuss the national funding strategies of Japan, as a part of a series on funding strategies worldwide. In particular, we’ll be talking to an expert and leading figure in Japanese Robotics, Tomomasa Sato, who will give us insights into the Japanese robotics roadmap – for the past, present and future!
Tomomasa Sato
Prof. Tomomasa Sato received his bachelor, master and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from theUniversity of Tokyo. After completing his PhD, he joined the Electrotechnical Laboratory of the Ministry of Industrial Science and Technology. In 1991, he then moved to the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology of the University of Tokyo, where from 1998 onwards, has was Professor of the Department of Mechano-Informatics where he directed the Intelligent Cooperative Systems Laboratory.
His research interests include intelligent machines, robots and environments. He is an active member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, andRobotics Society of Japan, which he presided from 2007 to 2008 and lead the creation of the Academic Roadmap on Robotics.
He currently is a project manager for intelligent robot projects supported by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, otherwise known at METI.
During this interview, Tomomasa Sato tells us about the money spent in robotics, the differences between industry and government funding and developments and the cultural differences that make Japanese people accept robots into their daily lives.

Robots: Telepresence - mp3

In today’s show we’ll have a look at the next killer application in robotics, telepresence. The idea is simple, instead of planning a bothersome phone or video conference meeting with all your colleagues, you communicate through a telepresence robot that can move around your workplace while you stay at home. Our first guest, Jean-Christophe Baillie, is the CEO of Gostai which just commercialized the Jazz robots this year. Our second guest, Trevor Blackwell, presents his company’s Anybots.
Jean-Christophe Baillie
Jean-Christophe Baillie received a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from University of Paris 6 and the Sony Computer Science Lab and then founded the Cognitive Robotics Lab in ENSTA/ParisTech. He is now the CEO of Gostai, father of the URBI software platform which was the subject of a previous episode.
Today he tells us about his company’s move to hardware. Building on their knowhow in robot software, and after two years of working in the dark, they just released their Jazz telepresence series. The series includes the “Jazz Connect” robot for mobile telepresence, the “Jazz Icon” for entertainment & events and the “Jazz Security” for surveillance. The head can be embedded with an LCD screen or two round LED eyes.

Finally, Baillie tells us about his hopes for telepresence, what the market looks like, the importance of design when making personal avatars and his ideas for the future.
Trevor Blackwell
Trevor Blackwell is the founder and CEO of Anybots Inc., a Silicon Valley startup developing telepresence robots. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard and then became a principal at Viaweb specialized in e-commerce software, later acquired by Yahoo. He’s also the inventor of all sorts of vehicles that balance in a way similar to the Segway, including a two-wheeled balancing scooter and the self-balancing Eunicycle which only has one wheel.
Blackwell presents his Anybots, two wheeled balancing telepresence robots that have been seen in local cafes ordering scones. He addresses questions regarding WiFi dependency, design, and tells us how these robots are typically being used in the work place. Finally, he mentions the future where telepresence robots well be able to do more than just communicate.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Future technologies will give humans the superpower of robots.

        Future technologies will give humans the superpower of robots. An exoskeleton, a wearable robot that gives an average person physical ability beyond any world-class athlete created by Engineer Steven Jacobsen.

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        Prof. George Stetton in Carnegie Mellon University is the inventor of the sonic flashlight, a device that puts the power of x-ray vision in the palm of your hand. Eric Strauss and Troy Widgery invented the modern JetPacks which is lighter, stronger, and faster. Prof. Hod Lipson invented fabber, a 3D printer machine that can deposit a variety of materials in order to make 3-dimensional object. Prof Ron Mallett in University of Conn. invented a machine to travel through time, the time machine based on light. Prof. Seth Goldstein of Carnegie Mellon University is one of the developers of claytronics, a form of programmable matter designed to form much larger scale machines or mechanisms. Prof. Dava Neuman at M.I.T. is one of the developers of Biosuit, a lightweight full mobility spacesuit designed for human exploration on Mars. Prof. Susumu Tachi in University of Tokyo invented the cutting-edge multimedia device called the Twister. Twister is the future television, future computer display, and future play station which give you 3-dimensional live motion picture experience.