Category Archive: Robotics

May 01

CAMBADA participation in IranOpen2014

Back in April 09, 2014, I flew, along with 5 more CAMBADA team members, to Tehran for an International Robotics Fair that lasted 3 days Here is a video with our best moments. We made pretty big achievements: Dribble behaviour – we where the only team complying with the rules, because this year we can’t …

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Sep 16

Modifying servos for continuing rotation

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If you ever thought of better ways to control your robot’s locomotion, you might have googled and found that more and more people are using servos. But why? Well, firstly servos are easy accessible and cheap (you can buy a standard hobby servomotor for under $13). In a very small package you get a DC motor, gearbox, and feedback control system. …

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Sep 13

Raspberry Pi, have you heard of it?

Raspberry Pi is the name of a mini-computer that has the same size as a debit/credit card. What would one expect of such a small “computer”? Not much? Well keep reading and you will find out it is not as bad as you might me thinking.

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Jan 06

Applying nature-like algorithms to robots

It’s always amazing to see how nature is so beautiful that solves many of our difficult problems. By studying the tail technique of a lizard, a research group could effectively improve their robot’s stability just by adding an active tail to it with algorithms that somehow reproduce the animal’s behaviour. Via Automaton

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Jan 05

The new NAO “Next Gen”

The new NAO has been presented by Aldebaran in this video, with a 1.6GHz processor and two HD cameras. The old version is the official platform for the RoboCup Standard Platform League, and in RoboCup 2011 (Istanbul, Turkey) I’ve came across some complaints about the NAO design, being most of them related to the hip joint. …

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