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TechnologyThe ISS' spherical robot helper has returned to Earth

04:40  02 september  2019
04:40  02 september  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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It is is roughly spherical and has a diameter of 32cm. It weighs 5kg, and somewhat resembles the Wilson companion volleyball from the movie Cast Away. However, CIMON is much smarter than the mute Wilson. The DLR said CIMON can present and explain information and instructions for scientific

Spherical robots are currently in use for research, fun and even surveillance purposes. Tumbleweed has shown its worth in harsh locations like Antarctica. It could eventually make its way to Mars. The spikes jut out to create a spherical shape and make contact with the ground as the robot rolls or lands.

Humans are one step closer to having robot assistants in space. The IBM- and Airbus-made CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) robot returned to Earth on August 27th after successful testing aboard the International Space Station. The spherical machine demonstrated both its AI skills (such as recognizing astronauts and offering instructions) as well as its ability to float through the ISS. Don't think this is the end to the experiments, though -- this is really just the start.

The ISS' spherical robot helper has returned to Earth

The partners have been working on a successor that should build on the lessons learned from the first-generation robot. The new CIMON will have a "more robust" computer, better mics, improved flight control and a more conversational system that recognizes speech, determines intent and includes a call history. It's expected to reach the ISS in December for further tests.

Russia sends 'Fedor' its first humanoid robot into space

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4. ISS is only the beginning. The DLR has indicated that CIMON is merely the first generation in what could one day be a full lineage of spherical robots …and CIMON is a floating head due to the nature of navigating on the ISS . Unlike on Earth , astronaut and objects float on the space station , making a

Station crews already have a robot handyman for outside work: the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, better known as Dextre. Too tall: Robonaut has been on the space station for years, but has always been a research project. Its humanoid form may not even be necessary for the kinds

The station is quickly becoming a hub for robotics for multiple countries. The US recently sent its Astrobee cube robot for tests, while Russia just sent the humanoid Fyodor robot into orbit. Multiple major space agencies see robot helpers as vital for a future when astronauts will spend longer periods away from Earth, and they each have different ideas as to how to alleviate burdens and let crews focus on their missions.

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Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot is now a gymnast .
The latest footage from Boston Dynamics is, unsurprisingly, both impressive and terrifying. Over the past few years we've seen Atlas navigate uneven terrain and even jump around a parkour course. This is on another level, though. The bipedal robot does a handstand, rolls around and even does a few jumping twists -- all without losing its balance. A new workflow helps Atlas pull off these smooth moves while also reducing development time and achieving a performance success rate of about 80 percent. "First, an optimization algorithm transforms high-level descriptions of each maneuver into dynamically-feasible reference motions," says Boston Dynamics.

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