RoboBuggy is a relatively low cost Buggy research platform that will autonomously navigate the buggy course during the annual sweepstakes competition.
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RobOrchestra aims to explore the creative possibilities for robotic instruments. We design, build and program robots that read music from MIDI data in order to put on musical performances. Our goal is to create a full robotic orchestra that is able to play from arrangements from standard MIDI files, and is also able to "improvise" unique polyphonic music in real time based off of music generation algorithms developed by our team.
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This project has gone through many different iterations. We have covered experimenting with materials for quadcopter frames, different budget quadcopters, robotics education, PCB quadcopters and other experimentation with different styles of quadcopters.
Currently, we are working on autonomous movement and area interaction with a multitude of sensors on our new quadcopter.
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Developing advanced robotic couches to progress human laziness to the next level!
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The BlindBot project is the development of a novel autonomous quadrupedal walker that can maneuver through rough terrain primarily using touch. This project aims to answer the question: how competently can robots navigate the environment without vision? Much like how animals move in complete darkness, robots might rely on physical contact to obtain a competent sense of their surroundings. This research requires the development of capable locomotion algorithms that do not use computer vision. Instead of using perceptive sensors, BlindBot uses haptics and proprioception to generate rough point clouds of its surroundings. Essentially, this project involves developing "haptic SLAM" for field robot applications.
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