2014年8月4日月曜日

HomeBrew Robotics Club

HomeBrew Robotics Club is a monthly meeting of a group of people with a expertise in robotics in Silicon Valley. I've been wanting to join for a while, although I have not created a robot myself yet... and last week I finally made it! Took lots of pictures so sharing some of them here:

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First, we had people showcase their "homebrew" robots.

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Camera of the robot capturing me taking a picture of the robot :)

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This one is balancing robot. (Balancing is hard!)

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For this robot, the maker used Kinect, and simulated the robot and the room and obstacles etc.

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This robot won a recent robot race!

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You can capture the environment using the camera.

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And the robot will learn about the obstacles or cones for the race.

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This robot had a unique tire shape, and can run in different directions, and interface to track the activities of the robot.

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This one was using ROS (Robot Operating System) and Turtlebot, and follows where you go like a pet. Cute!

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This is a robot that you can put M&M's. Lots of gears, and love for gears!

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This robot is one of the teams that is finalist at Darpa Robotics Challenge. Whereas other teams are investing a million dollars for their robots, this team is fighting against them with a robot made with 10,000 dollars.

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When you change the leg position with your computer, the robot will change its leg position.

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One of the attendees talked about his project flying a rocket created by kids, using Android and Arduino, etc. (It will be illegal in US, but it is not in New Zealand where he lives... ) I heard it will be documented here, should be fun!

The main presentation was Project Tango, by Ryan Hickman at Google ATAP team.



This was a no slide - demo only session with the Tango device :)

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Tango device capturing the room environment (and us in the audience).

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The red dots are trying to verify if there was changes from last time it scanned.

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Drawing letters in the air.

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Now we go into a virtual game world and get inside that world using Tango device, and record the track.

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We can go into a room and look at interiors.

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Now we're in a real game fighting zombies.

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Your location matters, so if you physically go lower you can shoot the target from down below.

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You can wear Tango device (like Oculus Rift) and experience the games.

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Thanks to Shiloh for volunteering to help :)

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In this demo, the user is seeing underwater world overlaid with the real world (so us in the audience are down in the water...)

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The next demo is with landscape and not overlaying the real world. You can walk around inside this world...

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"Don't step forward, there is a cliff and you will fall!"
"Oh, I'd love to try falling off the cliff...."

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That was fun! Thank you to the organizers, presenters and everyone!


Update 1/24/2015
Tango and NASA collaboration... so awesome!


Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, and do not reflect those of my employer. -Fumi Yamazaki