HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Page 1/3  >  >>
Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
What a variety of water robots
Rob Spiegel   6/25/2012 12:06:57 PM
NO RATINGS
Nice selection of water-based robots, Ann. My favorite is the one you featured in an earlier article -- the humanoid fire fighter.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: What a variety of water robots
Ann R. Thryft   6/25/2012 12:43:44 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks, Rob. I prefer the jellyfish and penguin robots over the humanoid ones.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: What a variety of water robots
Rob Spiegel   6/25/2012 2:32:21 PM
NO RATINGS
Yes, they're all interesting. Robotics seems to have taken a major leap in the past few years. Is there anything in particular that is fueling all of this development, Ann?

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: What a variety of water robots
Ann R. Thryft   6/25/2012 2:50:55 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree, it's amazing what's going on in robot R&D and also production, in terms of both breadth and depth. A lot of cross-pollination will be expanded because of open-source ROS, also. I think the development is spiking for several interrelated reasons. The military and industrial robot makers have been working on robotics independently for some time. Cross-pollination has occurred more with more university department efforts, especially as those become funded by government and (primarily) military budgets. But universities have their own cross-pollination effects, both within and between/among them. So now they're also working on medical robots and other types. Meanwhile, independent robot manufacturers are pursuing specialized paths (service 'bots for instance), sometimes with military and/industrial partners. Then there are also student competitions that have gotten to be a big deal. I think all of these are coming together.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: What a variety of water robots
Rob Spiegel   6/25/2012 2:54:47 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks Ann. When it comes to the R&D on robotics in the military and universities, is there a mechanism to share the technology developments with industry? I would guess some of the R&D from the military is classified. But is there also some technology transfer to industry?

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: What a variety of water robots
Ann R. Thryft   6/25/2012 3:03:01 PM
NO RATINGS
Rob, I think that's a question that only the military can answer, if they would, or their subcontractors. But I doubt if either would. I'd guess that such transfer may occur, as it does with any other military subcontractor, to the robot companies developing machines with military funds, such as Boston Dynamics. From my previous experience covering military technology, there's no global mechanism per se: it occurs on a case by case basis.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Wave Glider
Charles Murray   6/25/2012 7:12:41 PM
NO RATINGS
Ann, I'm amazed that the Wave Gliders have logged as many miles as they apparently have. With the sensors sticking up above the board that way, I'm surpised they don't get damaged.  

gsmith120
User Rank
Platinum
Re: What a variety of water robots
gsmith120   6/25/2012 7:49:18 PM
NO RATINGS
Back in tec school many years ago robotics was really growing but all of a sudden it seem like there wasn't much interest.  I'm glad to read and see all the new projects.  I really like the jelly fish.  I would be most interested in seeing an underwater demo, especially the one like Hawkes Remotes U-Series ROV. 

notarboca
User Rank
Gold
Re: What a variety of water robots
notarboca   6/26/2012 4:42:30 AM
NO RATINGS
Ann, I too prefer the robots that mimic the natural sea creatures.  There is just something beautiful in a design that can reproduce nature's functionality, particularly in the sea.

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Re: What a variety of water robots
Beth Stackpole   6/26/2012 6:50:19 AM
NO RATINGS
I agree, Ann. The penguin and jellyfish robots are so impressive in that they blend in with the environment and obviously incorporate a lot of biomimicky thinking in their design. Those were the ones that blew me away in this slide show. Not sure how functional they are in terms of their role, but from a design standpoint, a home run in my book.

Page 1/3  >  >>


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Melissa Cavanagh of 3DP Unlimited talked to Design News about the company’s large format 3D printer, during Medical Design and Manufacturing Midwest.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
9/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 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.
Oct 20 - 24, How to Design & Build an Embedded Web Server: An Embedded TCP/IP Tutorial
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


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.
Next Class: 10/28-10/30 11:00 AM
Sponsored by Stratasys
Next Class: 10/28-10/30 2:00 PM
Sponsored by Gates Corporation
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service