The making of:
The making of:
UC Berkeley researchers discovered that cockroaches and geckos can flip themselves under a ledge. They reproduced the behavior using a robot. Videos part of the paper “Rapid Inversion: Running Animals and Robots Swing like a Pendulum under Ledges,” PLoS One, Jun 6, 2012
Unknown to the human employees at Clearpath, our robots decided it was high time they partook in the fun of Easter celebrations. Imagine our surprise when we arrived at work to find all available surfaces covered in eggs and an Easter egg hunt in full swing. In a characteristically cheeky move, one of our more personable TurtleBots took it upon itself to play Easter Bunny and hide eggs around the office for the other TurtleBots to find. The TurtleBots were thrilled and spent all morning locating and collecting eggs and only slightly disrupted the productivity of the human employees in their search. When one employee cautiously asked to join the egg hunt, the Easter Bunny TurtleBot made threatening gestures with its robotic arm and responded “bee-boop, bee, bip!” Clearly this event was meant for artificial intelligence only.
After an emergency company-wide meeting, the human employees have agreed to keep a closer eye on our mischievous friends. This is the second time they have monopolized the office (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9yzc8kz9VU) and we have the sneaking suspicion they are planning more adventures in the future.
Each TurtleBot runs the open-source Robot Operating System (http://www.ros.org) and uses a Microsoft Kinect as its only sensor.
All of the source code can be freely downloaded from the clearpath_turtlebot stack
Check out http://www.clearpathrobotics.com/turtlebot or http://www.turtlebot.com if you’d like to learn more about TurtleBot! To buy a TurtleBot visit http://store.clearpathrobotics.com
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Belgian robotic farms!