HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
News
Automation & Motion Control

Robot Aids Military With 3D Maps

NO RATINGS
Page 1 / 2 Next >
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 3/3
Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: getting there
Ann R. Thryft   3/15/2012 1:20:35 PM
NO RATINGS

naperlou, I was also interested to see the Kinect motion sensing camera/system used in aiding with 3D mapmaking. To me, when I read this it was one of those "of course" moments. The team also used laser scanners in a previous rev of this project. 


TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Unintended Consequences
TJ McDermott   3/15/2012 10:01:41 AM
NO RATINGS
In the ethics of software column earlier this month, the subject of unintended consequences was discussed, and how no one could predict their creation would be mis-used.

I am constantly amazed how many different ways the Kinect interface (and the Wii interface) have been implemented, demonstrating how versatile a creation can be in a good way.

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
getting there
naperlou   3/15/2012 9:42:21 AM
NO RATINGS
It is interesting that this robot uses the Kinect camera system rather than the complex sensors used in the past.  It seems that as we continuously develop vision processing that it becomes more useful.  It is also often less expensive.  Sometimes it is very inexpensive.  I have an older BlackBerry Curve.  It uses a trackball.  I have replaced the trackball.  It cost about $2.50.  Newer models use a low resolution camera in place of the trackball.  It only has to sense the direction of movement, not any other details.  So, it works fine and is longer lived than the trackball.  It is also simpler to build and probably cheaper to install.  Any software cost is amortized over all the devices sold, so that is near zero.  This is the same with the robot. 

I have seen the robots with multiple laser sensors and sonar or radar.  These were fantastically expensive and still not as good as a human operator.  Humans use vision.  Perhaps the MIT researchers are on to something here. 

<<  <  Page 3/3
Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
US factory orders for durable goods tumbled 3.4% in December on a big drop in new bookings for commercial aircraft, according to data the Commerce Department released Tuesday.
FPGAs are the glue logic in today's systems, but what they glue together are a variety of diverse sub-systems with different interface requirements.
Enterprising Tesla Model S owner Steve Sasman seems to have figured out a way of recouping some of the cost on his car by renting the trunk out on AirBnB, the room/house rental website.
Everyone has had the experience of trying to scrape the last of the peanut butter or mayonnaise from the bottom of a glass jar without getting your hand sticky. Inventor Ron Jidmar thinks he has a solution to all of that nonsense with a flexible jar design that can be squeezed with one hand to lift contents from the bottom to the top of a jar or container, leaving the other hand free to scoop the contents out cleanly.
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/10/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jan 26 - 30, IPv6 for Micros – Hands-On
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  67


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Stratasys
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service