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Robotic Exoskeletons (04:44)


Robots allow for the exploration of extreme environments. The Body Extender is a wearable robotic system that amplifies the wearer's strength. ESTEC's haptic exoskeletons transfer the sensation of touch to human operators; the system will be used in future space flights.

Haptic Interaction Device (01:56)

The exoskeleton uses a virtual reality system to simulate a remote environment; it measures the interaction force between human and the humanoid robot Justin. Thomas Hulin discusses robotic applications.

Space Robots (02:12)

An exoskeleton operates the humanoid robot AILA; manipulation is its design focus. Frank Kirchner discusses the importance of a lunar crater model in rover designs; see Charlie.

Robotic Space Exploration (03:05)

Kirchner discusses future lunar missions using supervised autonomous systems and the time delay. The European Space Agency created a robotic system designed to be controlled from the space station with an exoskeleton that compensates for the time delay.

ExoMars Mission (03:33)

Mars is an extreme environment that makes robots the only feasible form of exploration. The joint European/Russian program will launch a rover in 2016. Pantelis Poulakis discusses rover testing, challenges, and design.

Space Exploration (03:42)

Bertrolt Meyer discusses the benefits of sending artificial beings into space and the perception of human discovery. Nick Bostrom discusses the use of robots in space and the possibility that "robots will inherit the universe."

Search and Rescue Robots (03:51)

Mobility, manipulation, and perception are key elements for terrain maneuverability. The hexapod Zebro's legs provide flexibility. Experts discuss the advantages of legged systems.

Quadruped Robots (03:48)

StarlETH can walk statically and run dynamically. HyQ can run two meters per second and jump 50 cm from a standstill. Claudio Semini explains HyQ's locomotion abilities.

Robots in Delicate Environments (01:58)

The Mantis garners interest from companies that would use it in industrial applications. PoseiDRONE is modeled after the octopus and uses a propulsion system.

Robotic Terrestrial Exploration (04:15)

Teo maneuvers on wheels; its 3D sensor creates a map of the environment. The electronic TRP1 maneuvers on tracks and has a robotic arm to manipulate objects. The Italian army uses the TRP2-FOB.

Oto Melara Robots (03:38)

The TRP3 performs reconnaissance in an unknown or hazardous environment. The TRP robots function best with a remote control but have some degree of autonomous movement. Experts discuss their applications outside of the military field.

Remote Piloted Vehicles (02:34)

IBIS, equipped with an on-board computer, performs surveillance and reconnaissance operations; dogging capabilities provide a privileged point of view. A quadcopter equipped with sensors provides real time technology.

UAVs (04:24)

The Swiss quadcopter has two specific applications of inspection; contact does not destabilize the drone. Researchers at Delft University design micro aerial vehicles. Meyer discusses the controversy of UAVs.

Flying Robots (03:04)

Researchers at Delft University mimic insect design and behavior in their development of aerial robots. Dario Floreano discusses swarm intelligence and collision exploitation.

Robotic Use (02:49)

Robot explorers can assist humans in many ways; Meyer considers future applications and implications. Carlo Ratti believes we will delegate unwanted tasks to robots.

Credits: Robot Explorers: Age of Robots (01:44)

Credits: Robot Explorers: Age of Robots

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Robot explorers can operate in unknown or hazardous environments that would put human life at risk. In this film, we explore the applications of wearable robotic systems and ROVs in space, and robots that can navigate delicate terrain or perform search and rescue missions in a hostile environment. Oto Melara developed robots for the military that also have civilian applications. See remote piloted vehicles, UAVs, drones, and micro aerial vehicles that mimic insects. Robotic experts contemplate the future applications of robots and their role in society. When do ethics and robotic applications collide?

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL110737

ISBN: 978-1-68272-614-3

Copyright date: ©2014

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