bots IN BRIEF
24 SERVO 09.2013
ATTACK OF THE GIANT CRAB
Next time you're basking on the beach, watch out for giant crab
The Crabster CR200 — a huge six-legged underwater robot —
took the plunge last month for the first time. Developed at the
Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), the
Crabster is an alternative to propeller-driven remotely-operated
vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) which
are often ill-equipped to deal with strong tidal currents in shallow
CURIOSITY TURNS ONE
August 6, 2013 marked the first anniversary (or birthday)
of Curiosity — NASA's intrepid Volkswagen-sized Mars
rover. Curiosity is one of the most awesome robots ever
constructed. The photo is of a TV monitor in the JPL press
room, showing the first two images that we got back from
the surface of Mars. It was epic.
There’s an awesome video at http://spectrum.ieee.
org/automaton/robotics/aerial-robots/curiosity-turns-one-on-mars of Curiosity playing herself happy birthday
using a special sequence of vibrations from the Sample
Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument. It is epic, as well.
YOU’VE GOT GAS
Jobs don't get much more dirty than being the person who has to hike
around landfills looking for sources of odor. It's an important job, though,
because bad smells mean methane. Figuring out where landfills are leaking is a
critical and tedious (and decidedly unpleasant) thing, so you know what that
means — bring on the robots!
Gasbot is a project from the AASS Research Centre at Orebro University
in Sweden. It's a Clearpath Robotics Husky A200 mobile robot (awarded for
free through Clearpath's Partner Program) equipped with a pair of laser
scanners, a GPS, and a remote gas sensor. Specifically, we're talking about a
tunable laser absorption spectrometer which provides integral concentration
measurements of gasses over the path of the laser beam.
All you have to do is let Gasbot roam around a site where you think you
might have gas leaks and it will build up a map of concentrations and locations