HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Page 1/2  >  >>
Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: making a meal?
Ann R. Thryft   4/23/2013 12:29:25 PM
NO RATINGS
Cabe, so you mean the basic physics definition. I still think that the usefulness of the robot's motion in the particular application is just as important as the physics in the abstract. This has become especially clear as I've been working on a nautical robots slideshow, where designs can be wildly different depending on end-usage--or wildly different to achieve the same basic purposes.



Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: making a meal?
Cabe Atwell   4/22/2013 6:03:17 PM
NO RATINGS
Ann,

Efficiency of energy to distance traveled, mostly.

C

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: making a meal?
Ann R. Thryft   4/22/2013 1:02:09 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks, mrdon. I like to write about robots that are different in some way--how they look, what they're supposed to do, or how they've been designed. Glad you enjoy the results!

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Jellyfish robot video is great
Elizabeth M   4/22/2013 4:08:21 AM
NO RATINGS
Haha, well hopefully no "accidental" encounters could occur, Ann!

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: making a meal?
mrdon   4/20/2013 6:36:54 PM
NO RATINGS
CLMcDade, I agree about the project being inspiring as well as the article. The field of Biomimicry has no boundaries and limits to creating magnificent machines. I'm really impressed with the waterproof material protecting the electronics and the graceful movement of Cyro's legs. Nice work as usual Ann!

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: making a meal?
Ann R. Thryft   4/19/2013 11:35:42 AM
NO RATINGS
Cabe, "most efficient" defined how? I've written about several different swimming robots, modeled after tuna, sea turtles and jellyfish. Each of these was described as highly efficient and/or with an optimum size or function(s) for the tasks it was designed for--and they weren't all the same set of tasks. Most robotics R&D is past the stage of fundamental research and is now applied to a specific end-use. OTOH, there are also some competing designs for similar uses.

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: making a meal?
Cabe Atwell   4/18/2013 8:07:13 PM
NO RATINGS
Is this the most efficient sea locomotion? It seems that way in some aspects.

I see a lot of research money going into robotics.. The best thing I have in my home in 2013 is a wheeled vacuum cleaner bot.

C

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: making a meal?
Ann R. Thryft   4/18/2013 11:34:46 AM
NO RATINGS
Clinton, thanks for your comments (and for using the correct plural of a Greek word: nemesis, pl. nemeses). You bring up an interesting point that some other commenters have mentioned: what about predators thinking that a realistic robot is potential food? This jellyfish is bigger than most, if not all, sea turtles, but a killer shark could be a problem.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Jellyfish robot video is great
Ann R. Thryft   4/18/2013 11:34:00 AM
NO RATINGS
Elizabeth, if I spent a lot of time in the ocean I would definitely not want to meet this guy out there.

William K.
User Rank
Platinum
Jellyfish robot directional control
William K.   4/17/2013 4:08:46 PM
NO RATINGS
What a great piece of engineering, it certainly mimicks a real jellyfish in motion. My question is about directional control and how does it steer, which are not so very obvious. But I can see that it could run for quite a while, since it does not need to run to stay afloat.

Page 1/2  >  >>


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Two students have created a voice-command system for our homes, based on the simple and affordable Raspberry Pi.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
Texas Instruments is rolling out a new microcontroller that could make the design of sensor networks and data logging systems simpler and less costly.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
5/13/2014 10:00 a.m. California / 1:00 p.m. New York / 6:00 p.m. London
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Aug 4 - 8, Introduction to Linux Device Drivers
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: August 12 - 14
Sponsored by igus
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