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sylas
04-03-2014, 06:42 PM
New robotic technology advances by a series of small leaps. Literally.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb9XQVrTBF4

Christianbookworm
04-03-2014, 06:49 PM
Cool! Now if they could cover it in plush fabric and decrease the price to ten bucks...

Sparko
04-04-2014, 06:21 AM
it said your video was removed from youtube.


I found another one that might be the same?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4luJ0ZSqy8

sylas
04-04-2014, 06:30 AM
Yes; same one, or at least parts thereof! Thanks muchly. Several folks seems to be putting up videos on this.

The original is probably the one here: BionicKangaroo at festo.com (http://www.festo.com/cms/en_corp/13704.htm); it is a little bit longer; and seems to be hosted at the page of the company that built it.

I wish I had titled this thread: "Robotic technology advances by leaps and bounds"!

Sparko
04-04-2014, 08:39 AM
Now if they could come up with a humanoid robot that could balance itself and walk/run realistically, that would be something. I saw some video of such research, but it was basically supported by a framework of cables and wires, not stand alone.

Teallaura
04-04-2014, 09:09 AM
They should use that as the basis for the next lunar rover!

Cerebrum123
04-04-2014, 09:34 AM
I thought it was supposed to be bionic, not a robot. :brood:

Teallaura
04-04-2014, 10:18 AM
^Yeah, that!

Sparko
04-04-2014, 10:22 AM
I thought it was supposed to be bionic, not a robot. :brood:

Is this better?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsnXU_JsnsQ

sylas
04-05-2014, 05:37 PM
Expect humanoid style walking soon, I think. I've seen (on video) some impressive bipedal walkers doing their thing with a safety cables, not actual support; but the one I am thinking of wasn't humanoid; it was more like a bird walking. I've seen a humanoid walking robotic legs, but not freestanding.

And from the same people that gave us the bionic kangaroo (festo)... dig this bionic dragonfly! (I was concerned about the date, but the second clip prove it wan't an April fool's prank)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8tgUKro46A

http://youtu.be/AS79jEGoD5Q

And before that, a bionic bird

http://youtu.be/nnR8fDW3Ilo

This company is doing some amazing things with robots.

Chrawnus
04-05-2014, 08:18 PM
Expect humanoid style walking soon, I think. I've seen (on video) some impressive bipedal walkers doing their thing with a safety cables, not actual support; but the one I am thinking of wasn't humanoid; it was more like a bird walking. I've seen a humanoid walking robotic legs, but not freestanding.

And from the same people that gave us the bionic kangaroo (festo)... dig this bionic dragonfly! (I was concerned about the date, but the second clip prove it wan't an April fool's prank)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8tgUKro46A

http://youtu.be/AS79jEGoD5Q

And before that, a bionic bird

http://youtu.be/nnR8fDW3Ilo

This company is doing some amazing things with robots.

They make amazing robots like this and they're not even Japanese? I don't believe it. :no:

:outtie:

HMS_Beagle
04-05-2014, 09:41 PM
When they make a robotic drop bear then I'll be impressed. :yes:

Jedidiah
04-05-2014, 10:48 PM
When they make a robotic drop bear then I'll be impressed. :yes:

I do not want to see that.

Cerebrum123
04-06-2014, 02:30 AM
Still nothing that is "bionic". Just robots. :shrug:

Sparko
04-06-2014, 06:26 AM
I think it's great. I know sylas isn't a theist, but I think wanting to create is built into our nature by OUR creator. That is why we keep trying to create life ourselves. And as they say "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" - so we are amazed by things like robots that we create imitating natural creatures.

rwatts
04-06-2014, 02:16 PM
New robotic technology advances by a series of small leaps. Literally.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb9XQVrTBF4Unlike the real kangaroo, this one is primitive. It's almost a knuckle-dragger. Look where it's knuckles end up, just before it begins its spring.


Really neat though.

Teallaura
04-06-2014, 02:28 PM
Dino-robo-roo?

sylas
04-06-2014, 03:09 PM
... And as they say "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" - so we are amazed by things like robots that we create imitating natural creatures.

Indeed; it is also impressive because it is hard. Getting mechanical things to perform with the fluid complex movements of living things is a huge challenge; and as people have noted, these robots aren't there yet. They show some phenomenal engineering; but they still are pale jerky imitations of the real thing.

So a reminder; if you find these robots fascinating -- and I certainly do -- then also take time out to look at the real living things they imitate. Watching a gull in flight, or a kangaroo bounding over a plain, or a dragonfly darting over a pond -- or a human artisan at work (fine manipulations and deliberate designs is where we excel in the living world) -- is all breathtaking as well.

Cheers -- sylas