Ubiquitous Mobile Robots in Urban Settings

The URUS project is focused on designing a network of mobile robots that interact with human beings and the environment.  The project integrates cooperating urban robots, intelligent sensors, intelligent devices, and communications.  Team members include the Institut de Robótica i Informática Industria (IRI), Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC), and others.

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HERB – Home Exploring Robotic Butler from CMU / Intel

HERB is a mobile manipulation platform built on a Segway RMP by Intel Research Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. HERB can perform real-world tasks, such as opening refrigerator and cabinet doors, finding and collecting coffee mugs, and throwing away trash. HERB is powered by ROS and a variety of open-source libraries, including several developed by CMU researchers, like OpenRAVE and GATMO

For more info on HERB, read this article at eweek.com

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Marathon Robotics awarded $50M contract for mobile robot targets

Segway Inc. will supply its RMP mobile robot platforms to Marathon Robotics as part of a $50 Million contract with the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).

Marathon Robotics has spent the last 8 year perfecting an integrated system of target practice mobile robots that will revolutionize the quality and effectiveness of live-fire training.   The Segway RMP continues to be their preferred mobile robot platform due to its speed, agility, and robustness.

For more information, please see the Marathon Robotics press release

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ARC Centre for Autonomous Systems enters RoboCup 2010

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre for Autonomous Systems (CAS) entered the RoboCup@Home competition this year with a new personal assistance robot built on a Segway RMP 100 mobile robot platform. The CAS is the second largest robotics research group in the world with representation from the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney

The RoboCup@Home competition judges navigation, mapping, object recognition, and human-robot interaction in realistic, home-like environments. RoboCup@Home is the largest international annual competition for autonomous service robots.

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MDS humanoid robot now available from Xitome

The MDS (mobile, dextrous, social) robot combines mobile manipulation with verbal capabilities as well as facial expressions.  Built on a Segway RMP 200 base platform, the MDS robot features laser and infrared rangefinders, color CCDs, microphones, and 7DOF hands. According to Xitome’s website, the RMP “provides a small footprint and ultimate maneuverability”.  MDS is now available for purchase from Xitome.

The MDS ”Ocatvia” in the video below belongs to the US Navy.  Developed to improve robot interactions with humans, the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence (NCARAI) outfitted Octavia with a Fast Linear Optical Appearance Tracker (FLOAT) system, Head Gesture Recognizer, Set Theoretic Anatomical Tracker (STAT), a VLAD Recognizer, and a “modified cognitive architecture” called ACT-R/E.

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Video Credit: Science Friday
Photo Credit: Navy Center For Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence (NCARAI)

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Balancing “Segbot” in use at the Oxford Mobile Robotics Group

The Oxford Mobile Robotics Group (MRG) researches many aspects of mobile autonomy with an emphasis on perception and understanding large work spaces. To facilitate this work, the MRG developed an RMP based “Segbot” named “Lisa” that features two SICK LMS 291 laser scanners, a Ladybug camera, and a Bumblebee stereo camera.

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3D mapping research with an RMP at Bosch RTC

The Bosch Research and Technology Center (RTC) is using Willow Garage’s open source Robot Operating System (ROS) together with a Segway RMP to research robotic exploration, 3D mapping, and telepresence. Read more about this project at ROS.org here

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NASA Robonaut developed using Segway RMP

NASA’s First-Gen Robonaut B‘s upper body was attached to a Segway Robotic Mobility Platform (RMP) so that it could be tested here on Earth.


Source: NASA/JSC

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Player Project setup for a Segway RMP

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The Player Project (formerly the Player/Stage Project) creates free, open source robot control interface software that is widely used in robotics education and research.

Instructions on how to install and compile Player 2.1.x for a Segway RMP are available here, thanks to Régis Vincent at SRI International’s Artificial Intelligence Center.

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