26 SERVO 07.2014
Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs —
robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both
legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago. Now, as the head of the MIT
Media Lab's Biomechatronics group, he showed his incredible
technology in a talk that was both technical and deeply personal —
with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her
left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. She performed again
for the first time on the TED stage where Herr gave his speech.
TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances
from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and
doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less).
WHAT A WASTE
ZenRobotics Recycler — the first robotic waste
sorting system — is now available. Currently designed for
construction and demolition waste (CND), ZenRobotics
Recycler (ZRR) reclaims valuable raw materials from
waste with the help of advanced machine learning
technology. Currently, the ZRR sorts metal, wood, and
stone fractions. The system is constantly improved; when
it learns to pick new materials, customers can buy the
new ability as an upgrade.
ZenRobotics Recycler uses multiple sensors (visible
spectrum cameras, NIR, 3D laser scanners, haptic sensors,
etc.) to create an accurate real time analysis of the waste
stream currently being processed. Based on the analysis,
the system makes autonomous decisions on what objects
to pick and how. Go to www.zenrobotics.com
/product for more details.
Marco Tempest and EDI the Robot. Photo: James Duncan Davidson