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AGILUS KUKA Robotic Arm

KUKA has made a new line of quick and efficient robotic arms!

The AGILUS can work on six axes at very high speeds. It also has very short cycle time, so it can perform things quicker and more efficiently than conventional robots, and can run on its own integrated energy supply. With its added versatility to be installed on a variety of different surfaces, the AGILUS is very useful indeed.

There’s not very much to say about this KUKA arm other than that it’s really cool, and has a ton of industrial uses, compared to its larger companion.

AGILUS 3 cubes from KUKA Robotics NA on Vimeo.

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Brief Update on Wave Gliders

Recently, I wrote an article about the Wave Gliders made by Liquid Robotics, and here’s a brief update with its interaction with Hurricane Sandy.

As many of you may know, Hurricane Sandy has been destroying much of the East Coast of the US. It has been ripping up trees and destroying internet connections, and hurting many people, and our hearts go out to them. But what about the watercraft that are in the hurricane itself?

Well, one Wave Glider called Mercury has survived. It can autonomously use wave motion, and it rode out winds of up to 81 mph (130 km/hr) near the coast of New Jersey. This is incredible considering the impact of the hurricane, and also more proof that the Wave Gliders are robust enough to survive natural disasters to continue monitoring the vast seas.

For more info, you can check out Wave Glider Survives Hurricane Sandy

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The Team of Three: The Unicorn, the MARE, and the Aqua

How do you make a robot to monitor things while still at home? You make a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), an ASV (Autonomous Surface Vehicle), or an AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) . But what if you need to monitor three areas at once, like from the sky, the surface, and underwater, what do you do? You make a UAV, an ASV, and an AUV.

And this is what this trio does. Used to monitor coral reefs, the trio consists of Unicorn UAV, MARE ASV, and Aqua AUV. They work together to accurately monitor the coral reefs. But how do they do this?

First, Unicorn UAV scans the surface. It provides up-to-date, high quality images of the surface of the ocean to the scientists who control it from afar. Then, scientists specify important areas. The Unicorn UAV then sends this data to the other two robots and continues to monitor the area.

Next, we have the MARE ASV. This has one main purpose, which is to communicate with Unicorn UAV and Aqua AUV. It caches all messages that the Unicorn UAV sends to it. This is important because the Aqua AUV can only receive info when it surfaces, but the Unicorn UAV has limited battery life and cannot wait around to send data to the Aqua AUV.

And finally, we have the Aqua AUV. The Aqua AUV takes the really important details like close-up photography and analysis. It surfaces to send and receive data.

We see that together, this trio of robots makes the ultimate research tool. Scientists can use them together from a very far distance, making it almost unnecessary to even visit the area in person. What’s more, they work fast, much faster than using conventional research methods. And field tests have shown that they can be using in application and are robust enough to withstand whatever the ocean throws at them.

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Autom for Dieting

The newest form of dieting? Well robotic, of course. And now, we have the newest motivational robot for dieters, Autom.

Autom is a cute little robot that seems like just another thing on your table. It’s an interactive robot with information about many thousands of types of food, monitors when you sleep, and more, that altogether helps motivate you to lose those few extra pounds. It’s only defining features other than its touch screen are its creepily blinking eyes that move randomly.

This robot is a pretty interesting idea. It doesn’t do very much, just encourages you to talk to it. This is highly contrasting from, say, a cooking robot that actually cooks healthy meals. But Autom allows the user to have some sort of control over their dieting schedule. It’s like a friend who gives you advice on how to lose weight, except for it’s unbiased and knows more about what you do and how to do better than any other dieting source. It will give you meal suggestions, calorie calculating, and schedule balancing. It essentially plans how you can be the most healthy, and monitors your progress to give a well-rounded source of commentary. What’s more, Autom is updated every month, and for the initial charge of buying the robot plus a monthly fee, it’s quite a useful tool.

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Robot Janitorial Submarine

One of the biggest problems with our environment today is the buildup of trash. Not many of you may realize that 14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped into the ocean annually. However, all of this is hidden in the murky depths of any water source. And so someone made a robot to clean it up.

Now, if you were to ask the Little Green Men from Toy Story, they would probably sit at the bottom of the ocean, and say, in a mystical voice, “the Claw…” However, as simple as this robot is, it serves a very vital function. This robot has been dragging trash from the Chicago River, and the results are pretty dramatic.

The majority of the trash is just simple trash. However, there have been very random, like the objects in the video: a chair, a jug of moonshine, and an anchor. But what these objects reveal is that there is a lot more trash in the water systems that people don’t realize.

Using this robot, hopefully more people will realize just how much trash is in our waterways, and take incentive to clean it out. It’s a small robot, but the purpose it serves is one that will be no easy feat. Let’s just hope we can get all of that trash out!

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