Sunday, 19 April 2015



Two hobbyists from Japan have made an awesome transforming robot called J-deite Quarter. This is named so because of it’s one fourth of its final planned size. This Transformer robot can walk in robot form and, when in sports car from, it can drive around on its own.


This robot is made by Brave Robots and Asratec Corp., who teamed up with original Transformer creator Tomy Co. Ltd. Mashable writes: “J-deite Transformer robot, a one-quarter-scale autobot that starts as humanoid, bipedal robot and transforms into a tiny, roughly 3-foot-long sports car.”
The Transformer robot is small in size and you can’t drive it now at the current stage of its development. Transformer robot has got some definite traits of the Trasformer and the looks of Optimus Prime. The specifications of the robot are:
Height in robot mode or length in vehicle mode: 1.3 m
Weight of robot: 35 kg
Maximum battery power: 3 kw
Operating time: 1 hour on a single charge
Number of seats: 2 and it is controlled by V-Sido OS.
Power source: servo motor manufactured byFutaba Corp.
Maximum walking speed: 1 km/h, gripping weight: 0.1 kg.(Vehicle Mode Spec.)
Maximum traveling speed: 10km/h, minimum road clearance: 40 mm.
Kenji Ishida, the developer at Brave Robotics explains his future 2020 plans for Transformer robot on the company website:
The goal of Project J-deite is building of a giant transformable robot of 5 m long. It is the same size as a car. An object of the same size transforms, walks, and runs.
The current speed and specifications of this Transformer robot aren’t enough but we can expect to see an improved and bigger version to arrive soon and turn our real life Transformer fantasy into a reality.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Luna Personal Robot

Luna Personal Robot 

Today’s life is full of automation. Everybody wants to simplify their work by automation by devices and gadgets. As we all know that robots are the devices which are famous as the automation devices. While there are other devices like flying cars and jetpacks which are often used as automation devices but robots are generally used for done a work automatically. We still don’t have these automation devices around us and as they are quite expensive, but maybe we soon could. A few months before, a video was leaked of a mysterious robot. The mysterious robot is teased for about months now, originally rumored to be some gadget produced by either Google or Apple, in fact a project by a company named as RoboDynamics.

Few days ago, California’s RoboDynamics introduces it personal robot to the world, named as Luna. While there is a less information provided like its software, hardware etc. by the company. They described Luna as a Breakthrough in robot design. Luna is a personal robot designed for the people for their personal use. It is fully programmable robot and start shipping later this year. Luna was designed for Robodynamics by Schultze Works. It is an industrial design studio which is situated out of California.

Luna incorporates the hardware, firmware and driven train which is already used in Robodynamics’ Telepresence internet-connected Low cost Robot (TiLR). According to the company, The RoboDynamics, Luna is the world’s first personal robot to be expandable via expansion ports. It is fully programmable with open standards. It is an available at an affordable price in the market. It apparently have a carrying handle in its back side and an in articulated pipe-like arms that can swing up to carry a tray.

Luna contains a dual core atom 2 GHz processor and a Linux based operating system. It has up to 32GB of storage capacity. It has a positive interaction via an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen with three-microphone array with attached speakers. It can be controlled by wireless and cellular communication. It is equipped with an 8 Megapixel camera and a 3D sensor. It runs on 12 volt battery for 4-8 hours per charge.

Technical Specifications:
  • Computer Processor: Dual Core Atom 2 GHz.
  • Graphics: NVidia 94000M.
  • Storage capacity: 8 GB flash, expandable to 32 GB.
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi (802.11g), optional Bluetooth via Luna Expansion Port (LXP).
  • Cellular comm.: Optional 3G or 4G via Luna Expansion Port (LXP).
  • Operating system: Luna OS (includes Poky Linux, ROS, and other packages) I/O.
  • Display: 8″ touchscreen capacitive LCD.
  • Camera: 8-megapixel primary camera with digital zoom.
  • Microphone: 3 microphone array with DSP front-end with sound localization.
  • Speakers: Yes (no specs available yet).
  • Sensors: 10-bit wheel encoders, Prime Sense 3D Sensor.
  • Expansion ports: Luna Expansion Ports (LXP) x 7 [Each LXP comprises standard USB Female Type A and 12 volt and 5 volt regulated power with mounting holes].
  • Power Battery: 12 volt, 26 amp-hour – SLA.
  • Battery life: Between 4-8 hours.
  • Charge time: 4-8 hours for full charge.
  • Dimensions: Size: Height: 5’2″ (157 cm) – Base: 22″ (56 cm).
  • Weight: 65 lbs. (30 Kg)

Hector- The 6 Legged Robot


The drones or robots are commonly used these days. They are used for automation of many works. The technicians continued their research in the field of robotics for betterment of robotics technology. A Research group at Bielefeld University has succeeded in showing the main robot of its kind on the planet how to walk. The first steps of that robot have been recorded in the video shown below. The robot is named Hector and its design is modelled like a stick insect. As its design indicates that it is inspired by the insect, Hector has an idle elastic joints and an ultralight exoskeleton. The exoskeleton is made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).

It is hoped that the Hector, which stands for Hexapod Cognitive autonomously operating robot will not only beneficial for robotics but it also beneficial for biologists interested in animal movement. Most of the six-legged drones are made to walk with the help of a tripod or any other fixed leg gait, but Hector is equipped with a free gait.

The free gait is a flexible leg which can control to deal with rough surfaces. In free gait leg technology, each leg is able to making its own decision for movement for when and where to move. It is basically called “Active Posture adaption”, which means movement with the help of sensors attached. Hector is able to figure out how to proceed the next step with facing the basic obstacles, such as wooden platform, slippery ground etc.


To run this robot without any difficulty, all the sub systems are made to communicate with each other. It is important for sub systems to communicate because Hector might have too many legs in the air at same time and it becomes unstable and fall over. The legs of this robot can collide with obstacles and it may fall if the systems cannot communicate properly. A further stage in the development of the robot was the design and production of the robot body. This robot is designed in two colors, Green & white and Black.

Digital Worm To Provide Artificial Consciousness...

There tends to be a plan that making “true” computing is functionally distinct from making real and sensible Artificial Intelligence that may truly go toward dominant a robotic being that exists these days. The previous is concerning simulating consciousness, whereas the latter has got to do with easy activity switch like after you hit a wall, stop going forward.

 Yet, his categorisation assumes that “true” consciousness isn’t simply a detailed network of such easy programmatic directions — if consciousness is simply an extremely well programmed machine, then evolution of Artificial Intelligence is a big leap toward true artificial consciousness. A brand new project from the folks at OpenWorm demonstrates this theory quite appropriately, as they’ve induced their worm brain simulation into a simulated worm body, and got immediate result as a worm-like behavior.

Observe that the worm mechanism isn’t significantly worm-like in first glance. Instead of being a wriggling snake like machine, which might pose a great challenge in operating, the OpenWorm team used aadditional standard mechanism on wheels. Thus, behavior is simulated here and not locomotion. OpenWorm has spent a major quantity of time in modeling the worm’s muscles and natural methodology of movement.

OpenWorm uses computer code to do to accurately model each neural association between the 300-odd neurons within the roundworm c. elegans; its aim is to model how data travels through the worm’s body and formulates behavior in its non-brain. The team’s design options a food and proximity device within the front section, that outputs the acceptable signals once stimulated; stimulating the nearby sensor shows the worm that it has encountered an obstacle, inflicting it to prevent moving any further.

Nanobots To The Rescue...!!!

What use is the technology if it cannot be applies to human aid! The biggest unsolved mystery regarding the health issue is cancer. Doctors and researchers have worked tirelessly day and night to find a cure for this deadly diseases. 

Every year a great portion of human population dies at the hands of cancer and all we can provide them is chemotherapy which works quite well at the early stages but becomes a lost cause when the time runs critical. So a new and much more spectacular way has been devised by the scientists to keep cancer cells at bay, using nanotechnology. While this may sound weird but scientists have developed nanobots that can bring this dream to reality.

The nanorobots are essentially assassins, sent out on a mission to attack cancer at its very source.  The bacteria guide the robot to the tumor and once there, it unloads its cargo of cancer-fighting drugs, contained in microscopic capsules, directly into the harmful tumor.

 Healthy cells are left intact. The bacteriobots have been tested in tumorous mice, which were injected with bacteriobots coated in near-infrared fluorescence and bioluminescence. Another group of mice were injected with bioluminescent bacteria that had not been attached to microbeads.

The control group was injected with inert microbeads without any bacteria attached. When they were extracted, the tumours from the control group showed no sign of bioluminescence or fluorescence; the bacteria-injected group showed bioluminescence, but no fluorescence. Only the bacteriobot group showed both, indicating that the nanobots were the most effective of the three at targeting cancer cells.

 With this incredible new breakthrough, it is confirmed that cancer is no longer going to be a big threat to human life as it is now. The cost of implementing this procedure is still not inconspicuous though.

Reasons to Be Terrified of Robots….


Real robot names like Roomba or Asimo don’t cause as much terror as the fictional “Terminator”, but you need to bear in mind that the cleaning robot Roomba  is actually made by iRobot – at the same place as the military robots for United States Armed Forces! And Asimo is only first prototypes of robots that look like real people.

 In Japan and Korea there is a plan of using humanoid robots to look after elderly people, while in the US, robots will be used on the battlefield. Of course, it’s too early to panic: it will take awhile for robots to take over humanity but they certainly can replace us in some other ways…


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What you can do well now, robots will do better in the future. For now, we are still needed but robots are already used in space discoveries, places on Earth that are too dangerous for humans, labs and assembly lines, and take part in real human wars.

We can only hope that robots will not evolve to organize a rebellion.
For now robots complete humans not replacing them completely. Technology moves forward and some robots have already showed themselves in science.