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    Mini > Robot = MUST WATCH! Cool stuff.

    http://www.r50rd.co.uk/research/internal/v2i/engin/

    Real or not, you be the judge. But be prepared to drool, transformer fans.
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    Does look neat, but looks entirely Photoshopped to me.

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    Look at the videos.
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    That's awesome. I think that if it was legit there would have been more media coverage. Or maybe we're just lacking on this side of the pond

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    Car Stopping is mind blowing!
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    That's amazing!
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    Great stuff.
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    whoa... thats crazy

    kinda reminds me of the matrix! lol

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    Originally posted by Artashes
    Car Stopping is mind blowing!
    OMG, I was just reading asimovs book last night, now I see this! just like I imagined it... wow!
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    Pic: http://www.r50rd.co.uk/research/inte...os/photo_2.jpg

    Vids:

    Robot arm, super smart - http://www.r50rd.co.uk/research/inte...s/dex_test.mpg

    Straight from a spilberg movie, this is how the robot see's things -
    http://www.r50rd.co.uk/research/inte...s/dvr_test.mpg
    http://www.r50rd.co.uk/research/inte...track_test.mpg


    The robot at night, damn - http://www.r50rd.co.uk/research/inte...light_test.mpg

    Reminds me of unreal, or quake. this is too scary.

    ROBOT STOPS CAR -
    http://www.r50rd.co.uk/research/inte.../stop_test.mpg



    The guy who built it -
    http://www.r50rd.co.uk/research/inte...os/pwr_int.mpg
    http://www.r50rd.co.uk/research/inte.../lidar_int.mpg

    He seems a bit shy... but cool.


    "I used High Current Titanium Oxide power transistors numbering in the hundreds for what electrical needs I had. Thank goodness my wife is an analog power circuit guru. She deserves all the credit for the power electronics and most of the middle-ware. " - glad the misses could help out, heh.

    "The sensor systems include(s) every sensor known to robot builders as well as a few purpose built applications thrown in for good measure. In place are proprioception sensors, infrared (IR) sensors, a set of high-resolution lidar, and even some old bump type sensors in places like the knees, legs and outer arms. Strain gauges were installed to detect torso twist and to help with debug and self-diagnosis and repair.

    A unique 4-way microphone system in the head gives directional input. There are two microphones in the torso used as inputs for noise cancellation software. " - this could be taken right from a movie, OH MY GOD!

    "Computer:

    The robot's processing is divided among six (with room to grow) commodity PCs running RTLinux. One to handle balance and locomotion, another visual processing, the third diagnostics and watchdog, the fourth planning and mapping, the fifth dexterous manipulation, and the sixth, coordination, watchdog and safety. Most of the design (except the goal planning and mapping) is behavior-based.

    The main boards are sealed in a shock-box in the chest cavity to keep the muck out and shock isolate the critical components. All critical software is run off solid-state drives for safety. I wouldn't want a hard-drive crash make the robot fall over. Keeping things cool was a potential problem, but using the Mini's motor had another advantage here. I just rerouted the AC coolant lines to the CPU box, and voila: instant water-cooling.

    The gyros are polled at 100Hz, which is overkill considering the height of the robot's CG. With six gyros churning at 100hz, a lot of mission-critical bandwidth is required, so I placed the gyros on their own token-ring controller that is accessible only to the balance and watchdog CPUs.

    Remote access is constant via a commercial packet radio box---using an antenna a bit more expensive than a crisp tin :-). I use remote access for remote control, monitoring, and programming." - the man has linux running on the coolest thing I ever saw! *wipes away tear*

    This is most definantly real, unbelievable!
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    This is fake people.

    1. I have seen this old man on a TV show...

    2. You can definitely tell this was rendered in 3DSMAX
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    Originally posted by subigo
    This is fake people.

    1. I have seen this old man on a TV show...

    2. You can definitely tell this was rendered in 3DSMAX
    1. what show? where? (maybe a link?)

    2. I dont see it.
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    Looks cool, but a bit unbeleivable

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    its fake
    would you think any thing like this would be open to puplic ? the militry people would grab this guy and his stuff and use it for new age armys
    but its all fake but still nice

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    What do you mean by open to the public? There's nothing illegal about making robots.

    You can tell that it is fake by the amount of noise it makes.
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    And the messed up shadows. The domain is registered to the address of Martyn Gould Productions, post-production commercials/film company.
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    that looks soooooo fake. most robots cannot hold balance enough to walk around on anything other than a flat smoothe surface let alone stop a moving vehicle. they just arent agile enough. http://world.honda.com/robot/ that honda robot is probably about the best there is for REAL

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