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A Multi-Layered Display with Water Drops
With a single projector-camera system and a set of linear drop generator manifolds, we have created a multi-layered water drop display that can be used for text, videos, and interactive games.
Robotic Perception for Underground Rescue
Robots are potential tools for life saving in underground rescue operations like mine disasters. Human rescuers are thwarted by roof falls, explosion dangers, quality of air, visibility through smoke and dust, mental stress and physical endurance.
iSTEP
iSTEP (innovative Student Technology ExPerience) is a unique internship program that provides Carnegie Mellon University students with the opportunity to conduct technology research projects in developing communities. Started in 2009 by the TechBridgeWorld research group, iSTEP is a rigorous and competitive 10-week internship program that requires the involvement of students with high levels of dedication, team work, cross-cultural adaptability, initiative and academic achievement.
NavPal
Safe and independent navigation of urban environments is a key feature of accessible cities. People who have physical challenges need practical, customizable, low-cost and easily-deployable mobility aids to help them safely navigate urban environments. Technology tools provide opportunities to empower people with disabilities to overcome some day-to-day challenges.
TechCaFE
TechCaFE provides educators with simple and customizable tools to make learning fun for students. Through TechCaFE we are creating a suite of culturally and socially relevant computer and mobile phone based tools for enhancing English literacy skills among children and adults. This includes CaFE Teach, a web-accessible tool that teachers use to create and modify customized content for their students. Students can access and learn from the content added by teachers via CaFE Web, a web-based practice tool, or CaFE Phone, a mobile phone game. Current work on this project involves developing CaFE Play, which would serve as a platform for developers to create applications that incorporate teacher content within the context of games designed with the specific user population in mind.
Braille Tutor
Literacy has been shown to be a key factor in global development. For many visually impaired communities around the world, learning braille is the only means of literacy. Despite its significance and the accessibility it brings, learning to write braille still has a number of barriers. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 90% of visually impaired people worldwide live in developing communities. Despite the importance of literacy to employment, social well-being, and health, the literacy rate of this population is estimated to be very low. There are many different factors that contribute to illiteracy among people with vision impairments such as: difficulties using the traditional tool for writing braille (the slate and stylus) and the high cost of alternative braille writing tools.
Assistive Robots for Blind Travelers
As robotics technology evolves to a stage where co-robots, or robots that can work with humans, become a reality, we need to ensure that these co-robots are equally capable of interacting with humans with disabilities. This project addresses this challenge by exploring meaningful human-robot interaction (HRI) in the context of assistive robots for blind travelers.
Intelligent Electrocardiogram
An intelligent portable electrocardiogram (ECG) will automatically diagnose arrhythmias that could lead to sudden cardiac death (SCD).
3D Visualization for EOD Robots
NREC developed a plug-and-play camera and range finder module that gives range information and assists operators of EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) robots during manipulation.
Enhanced Teleoperation (Mini SACR)
NREC developed a real-time 3D video system to improve situation awareness in teleoperation and indirect driving.
Enhanced Teleoperation (SACR)
NREC’s miniaturized SACR (Situational Awareness Through Colorized Ranging) system fuses video and range data from a small panoramic camera ring and scanning LADAR sensor to provide photo-realistic 3D video and panoramic video images of an EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) robot’s surroundings.
Sensabot Inspection Robot
NREC is developing an inspection robot for use in oil and gas production plants.
Cargo UGV
NREC is teaming with Oshkosh Defense to develop autonomous unmanned ground vehicle technologies for logistics tactical wheeled vehicles used by the US Marine Corps.
Cargo UGV OCU
The Cargo UGV operator control unit (OCU) seamlessly controls one or more Cargo UGVs traveling in convoy formation.
Autonomous Robotics Manipulation
Carnegie Mellon’s Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM-S) team develops software that autonomously performs complex manipulation tasks.
Computer Vistion Clinical Monitoring
NREC and Columbia University researchers investigated whether computer vision could be used to monitor patients in clinical trials for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) therapies.
DRC Tartan Rescue Team
During the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident, robots weren’t able to inspect the facility, assess damage, and fix problems. DARPA wants to change this.
Drug Discovery System
An advanced computer vision system identifies and classifies the behavioral effects of new drug compounds, speeding the work of drug discovery.
Negative Obstacle Detection
NREC is developing a perception system to accurately detect negative obstacles in the path of an unmanned vehicle (UGV).
Perception for LS3
NREC’s sensor system for DARPA’s Legged Squad Support System (LS3) enables LS3 to perceive its surroundings and autonomously track and follow a human leader.