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Thursday, March 14, 2002

ROBODEX2002 | News ROBODEX2002 Schedule

Robodex 2002

REMINDER - The ROBODEX Executive Committee formally announced today that ROBODEX 2002 will be held. This will be an exposition of robots as partners for human beings?personal robots that embody state-of-the art robotics. The Expo will be held March 28 to March 31 (Thursday to Sunday) in 2002, at Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall in Yokohama Minatomirai area.

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

ZZZ online | Number 120
Troody is (or was, I guess) a two-legged robotic replica of a Troodon dinosaur from the Cretaceous period, checking in at a hieght of 45 cm (about 18 inches - the robot not the dino) at the hips when standing , about 1.3 meters (about 4 feet) from tip of snout to end of tail, sporting over fourteen servo motors (with 16 degrees (axis) of freedom of motion) and a gyroscope, loaded with a TMS320c30 DSP (for CPU, I honestly don't know what this is - perhaps someone can enlighten me in the discussion board) some DRAM and flash memory (for use when the device is untethered) and powered by NiMh 24v metal halide batteries (good for 30 minutes worth of charge- they decided against hydraulics so this baby is all electric), with everything together checking in at just about 4.5kg ( 10lbs). The robot can operate stand-alone (autonomous operation, guided by on board sensor input, and special "walking" algorithms), by joystick remote control, or by a host computer via a serial line.

Monday, March 11, 2002

NASA :: The Personnal Satellite Assistant (PSA)


The Personal Satellite Assistant (PSA) is a robotic assistant for astronauts working in space. The PSA is about the size of a softball and has sensors for measuring gases, temperature, and air pressure. Also, the PSA is able to perform video conferencing and can communicate with electronic support devices such as computer servers, avionics systems, and wireless LAN bridges.