Robotics Trends: 22-29 April 2012

Robotics Trends: 22-29 April 2012
April 30
09:33 2012

We don’t hear often about Russians in the robotics field. But, when they show up, they are impressive. About two years ago, we came across the Tesh-Drive, an amphibious off-road vehicle. Instead of wheels it uses two large screw-shaped cylinders that are wrapped with inflatable rubber tubes. This week, the news from Russia are related to humanoid robots, featuring SAR-400 a robot with a dexterous hand to fly to the space by 2014. It seems to be a serious competitor for the Nasa’s Robonaut though it is so far tele-operated. You’ll find in our selection of videos one where the SAR-400 performs a variety of precision tasks requiring either pushing hard or delicately handling fragile objects.

Among the 40+ news gathered this week, we got also interested by RosSerial made by Adam Stambler during his internship at Willow Garage. RosSerial is a neat solution for integrating new hardware with ROS. It avoids writing drivers by providing a general protocol for sending ROS messages over serial links. No doubt that it will leverage ROS-based experiments and prototypes using low-cost hardware such as an Arduino board.

Videos of the Week

News of the Week

New Robots and Robotic Parts

Russian Robots

Car Driver Companion

Hobbyist Projects

Military Robots

Other Robots and Parts

Software and Robot Programming


NXT Programming

Other Programming Tricks and Tips

Events & Shows

Robotics Business



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