|Snakes and Snake-like Robots Show How Sidewinders Conquer Sandy Slopes
October 09, 2014. The amazing ability of sidewinder snakes to quickly climb sandy slopes was once something biologists only vaguely understood and roboticists only dreamed of replicating. By studying the snakes in a unique bed of inclined sand and using a snake-like robot to test ideas spawned by observing the real animals, both biologists and roboticists have now gained long-sought insights.
|Smart Headlights Spare the Eyes of Oncoming Drivers
September 09, 2014. A smart headlight developed at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute enables drivers to take full advantage of their high beams without fear of blinding oncoming drivers or suffering from the glare that can occur when driving in snow or rain at night.
|Photo Editing Tool Enables Object Images To Be Manipulated in 3-D
August 05, 2014. Editors of photos routinely resize objects, or move them up, down or sideways, but Carnegie Mellon University researchers are adding an extra dimension to photo editing by enabling editors to turn or flip objects any way they want, even exposing surfaces not visible in the original photograph.
|Panoptic Studio Combines Hundreds of Videos To Reconstruct 3D Motion
July 17, 2014. Robotics Institute researchers have developed techniques for combining the views of 480 video cameras mounted in a two-story geodesic dome to perform large-scale 3D motion reconstruction, including volleyball games, the swirl of air currents and even a cascade of confetti.
|Carnegie Mellon Takes Congress for A Ride in Self-Driving Car
June 24, 2014. Carnegie Mellon University has brought its autonomous vehicle to Washington, D.C., to enable Congress to experience the technology up close and personal. CMU will provide up to 40 members of Congress the opportunity to ride the vehicle around Washington.
|NREC and Sikorsky Will Pair Unmanned Ground Vehicle with Autonomous Helicopter
June 03, 2014. Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. are working with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to show that an autonomous helicopter and a driverless ground vehicle can work together to autonomously survey a contaminated site.
|Autonomous Airboats Monitor Hippo Dung in Kenya’s Mara River Basin
May 22, 2014. Small, autonomous airboats, disguised to look like crocodiles, helped scientists measure water quality this spring in Kenya’s Mara River. An estimated 4,000 hippos use the river as a toilet with potentially deadly effects for fish living downriver. The airboats, developed by the Robotics Institute and operated by a CMU spinoff, Platypus LLC, skimmed over the surface of several hippopotamus pools in the river, where they scanned the river bottom for deposits of hippo dung and made various measurements of water quality.
|Interactive Map Shows Income Inequality Using “Capital in the 21st Century” Data
May 07, 2014. Readers of the provocative bestseller “Capital in the 21st Century,” who want to take a closer look at the income database analyzed by economist and author Thomas Piketty can take advantage of a new online tool, Explorable Inequality, created by the Robotics Institute's CREATE Lab.
|Girls of Steel Team Helps Construct Autodesk Robot
April 23, 2014. The robot-development skills of the Girls of Steel, a team of high-school-age girls from the Pittsburgh area, are being tested at the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, April 23-26 in St. Louis, Mo. Several team members, however, already have put those skills to practical use in helping to build a robot for Autodesk, a leader in 3D design software.
|Electric Garage Adds Tesla High-Power Charger for Public Use
March 31, 2014. A high-power wall connector for Tesla electric cars has been installed for public use at Carnegie Mellon University’s Electric Garage in Oakland, joining eight existing vehicle recharging stations. The garage at 4621 Forbes Ave. will host an open house to celebrate the addition from 4 to 7 p.m., April 4.