Wonderful Goodies From the Floor of RoboDev '08 in Santa Clara

November 19 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Technology   Year: 2008   Rating: 3

Here you’ll find some videos shot from the floor of the RoboDev expo floor. Enjoy!

Watch MobileRobots.com displays stereovision system in Game Videos  |  View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com

The video you see here is of a robot made by MobileRobots.com using the MobileRanger Stereo Vision System. “MobileRanger stereovision systems are top-of-the-line instruments for measuring depth for demanding applications such as mobile robot navigation, people tracking, gesture recognition, targeting, 3D surface visualization and advanced human computer interaction.” You can see how objects at different ranges are represented by different colors (see my hand?). Very cool.

Above you see a photo from the display Boston Engineering had. What you see is a robotic fish they hope to build in the near future (sorry, no prototypes yet). I’m going to stay in contact with these guys on the project since it’s a pretty cool concept that could be built fairly quickly with the latest technology (the fact that they’re basing it off a Tuna fish is proof alone that this thing will be fast and powerful).

Watch Velodyne’s Lidar demonstration at robodev in Game Videos  |  View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com

Last but not least we have Velodyne’s Lidar. You may have seen this technology in the latest Radiohead music video, but here it is again on the expo floor. Created by Velodyne, it uses infrared sensors to map out locations (if you look closely you can see me waving my hand). What amazed me is that it was able to pick up people outside the expo door walking in the lobby. I asked them if we were all getting cancer from the device (break the ice) and they jokingly said “not yet.” Then went on to explain how since it uses infrared it isn’t harmful to people. When can I get one.

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  1. My view of robotics has always been based on the media such as cartoons and movies. It’s interesting to see actual plans for robotic developments. Apparently my view of robots is somewhat different. I was expecting to see something like Bender from Futurama.

    Posted by: christinep   November 21, 2008
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