2016
Machinery/Automation/Robotics

Many of us remember when NASA's Spirit rover got stuck in sand on the red planet in 2009 - so have you ever wondered how rovers can safely explore the surface of a planet? Mission Control Space Services, working with the Canadian Space Agency, is developing our Autonomous Soil Assessment System (ASAS) to do just that.

The end goal of ASAS is to detect unknown hazards such as soft soil that could immobilize a planetary rover and compromise its mission. Operating in real time, the technology developed by Mission Control will increase the navigation autonomy of rovers in challenging terrain and make exploration more efficient, given that the communications delay on Mars can be up to 40 minutes. Our ...

The robotics world has reached a stage where the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) industry is very well established with thousands upon thousands of ROVs having been created and deployed since the dawn of this industry. The need for autonomy in robots and vehicles, however, is becoming more and more a prevalent issue in many situations and environments worldwide. The ability to communicate between the operator and the vehicle is one of the main factors affecting whether a vehicle is to be designed as an ROV or as an autonomous vehicle. For instance, in environments where communication with a vehicle is inhibited or not possible, autonomous control is then required as opposed to remote control. One of the environments in ...

The Seastick 1000 is designed to be an innovative product in the field of AUVs, able to dive at a depth of up to 1000 meters.

Its key features are its customization options. Every Seastick 1000 is tailored to the user needs and we can provide a vast array of solutions. Entirely made in Italy by our Joint Venture, the Seastick 1000 is the ideal solution for anyone who needs a vehicle equipped with the latest technology, capable of high performances and able to operate in response to the needs of the costumers with maximum flexibility.

Expressly designed for long-duration missions, Seastick 1000, has an autonomy of 10 hours at standard speed, thanks to the high efficiency ...

The goal of this project was to improve UAV efficiency and safety through use of biomimetic design. This was achieved through the application of a hydraulically actuated soft robotic fin. Drawing inspiration from the manta ray, a custom actuator was developed to achieve a feasible, lifelike locomotion method. The actuator was incorporated into a prototype robot to assess the performance and ease of integration.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are plagued with short lifespans or lack a maneuverability. Additionally, mechanical propellers have a long history of injuring or killing marine life. This project seeks to address this through a safer and more efficient means of propulsion.

Using a new actuator technology, Pneumatic Networks, we were able to yield lifelike swimming ...

This air-conditioner (a/c) introduces a new design in such a way that photovoltaic solar energy is used to process the refrigerant and cool rooms, offices or any controlled space. It cools at summer and warms in winter. It also responds to human presence as the name implies, for ON/OFF operations. The a/c comprises three units (condensing, evaporating and photovoltaic) as compared to conventional a/c which has only two (condensing and evaporating) units. The a/c undergoes five stages to complete its working cycle. They are pumping, boiling, condensation, expansion and evaporation. This means that, the refrigeration cycle which models a/cs is being reviewed. The system is however housed in 0.7mm thick mild steel sheet painted in green, white and green ...

In the past few years, there have been several accidents of children falling into abandoned bore wells in India. Abandoned bore wells have turned into death pits for children. Rescue teams spend hours and sometimes days in futile attempts to save these little kids. A lot of money is also spent in these missions. In most cases they are unable to save the kids. Such events have happened numerous times in the past, and every time either the government or the bureaucracy is blamed. The rescue process to save the child from a bore well is long and complicated. The rescue team tries to approach the victim from a parallel well that take about 20-60 hours to dig. This complicated ...

Today science does not have the right point of view on the role of a brain in our body.
It is easy to see. If isolated senses did not have information about surrounding events which lead them to change its conditions, they cannot supply that information to a brain for processing.

I was able to formulate a concept for designing of a control, which could play role of a brain for an artificial programmable system, and convert it into an artificial subjective system. That new kind of artificial system will be able to behave itself without any needs in further programming.

By that, such a system will be able to accrue professional skills and work as a professional, or support ...

Taking vision as an example, but that can also be applied to any other data gathering devices, the main problem lies in trying to deal with variability and complexity of inputs. The system states are way beyond any a priori memorization and classification, except if the input system parcels the input patterns into small enough regions with limited number of input states or patterns, and allows each region to classify and recombine its state with the surrounding states independently.

In EYEYE system's Brain Module live data is obtained in parallel fashion by many independent sensory cells. Each cell accepts a limited number of primitives that cover all the possibilities of its phase space, and uses simple software to analyze ...

I have developed a mobile robot with sensors and controls that can be manipulated via a web browser from multiple locations simultaneously. An on board webcam with Pan/tilt provides the teams with live video and audio feedback. There are 4 teams located at 4 different schools participating in a mission. Teams communicate via Skype or other audio/video social media tools. One Team is responsible for robot navigation, one team is responsible for manipulator arm control, one team is responsible for pan/tilt control on the web cam and the 4th team is responsible for monitoring the suite of on board sensors as well as remaining on board battery power. All of these controls are accessed via unique login usernames and ...

The noise reduction system is made up of two concrete hollow tanks. These tanks are built around machines such as stamping presses which have a high degree of noise pollution. In order to counteract this the tanks are filled with water and a blower is used to create bubbles in it by blowing air. These air bubbles absorb the rogue sound waves otherwise known as noise and make them lose their energy. This causes the noise to be suppressed thereby enabling a comfortable work zone. The accessible areas of the enclosure are sound proofed using acoustic curtains. The principal object of the invention is to act as a noise damping (reducing) system for small as well as large scale ...

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