RoboCup@HOME 2013

Follow Me task

Since the RoboCup German Open are happening right now in Magdeburg and many people are asking me what the different robots actually have to do in the @HOME league, I thought I might give you a small overview of the 2013 RoboCup@HOME tasks. The teams that are qualified for the German Open are: b-it-bots, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (Germany) Blue Bots, … Read more

Elastic Robot Links: Curse or Blessing?

TUDOR robot

It is a demanding challenge to avoid unwanted structural elasticity during the design of lightweight robot mechanisms. Link elasticity aggravates the precise position control of the robot due to configuration dependent static deflections and prolong settling times because of long lasting oscillations. Apart from robotics we find similar design criteria in e. g. in fire-rescue … Read more

How infants tell us how to control the Bionic Handling Assistant

Few days old newborn already try to reach

Festo’s Bionic Handling Assistant (BHA) was revealed to the public in 2010 and got quite some media coverage. Its bionic features make it especially cool, yet at the same time they make control especially hard as we already covered in our last article: Simulation of the Bionic Handling Assistant. The structure and functioning of the Bionic Handling Assistant … Read more