Boston Dynamics #1: Bigdog

If you like robots and or even if you read the news almost everyday, you have probably heard of Boston Dynamics.

Boston Dynamics is an engineering and robotics design company. It is located in Waltham, in the Massachusetts in the USA. They are most famous for the making of Bigdog, a quadruped robot designed for the U.S. military. Bigdog is a robot that looks like a dog. It was supposed to serve as a robotic pack mule to accompany soldiers in terrains where vehicles could not go, but he was not able to serve for these purposes as he was judged too loud and the project was shelved. It was designed to carry 150 kg (340 pounds) alongside a soldier at a speed of 6.4 km/h (4 mp/h) on terrains at inclines up to 35 degrees. BigdogThis is a picture of Bigdog walking in the snow. Source: http://www.itespresso.de/2013/12/16/google-kauft-roboterhersteller-boston-dynamics/

Bigdog is even more incredible as it does not fall even if you kick him with your feet or if he glides on ice. Here is the proof with a link to the video. The moment at which someone kicks the robot is around 30 seconds and the moment where he slips is  around 1m20s.

In the video you can also see Bigdog jumping over an obstacle (around 3 min) so that means he can also jump over a hole or another obstacle if needed but for that he needs to be running and he makes even more noise.

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Battlebots

Robots are becoming more and more performant everyday. Maybe you love them and think they are really useful to help/replace us for some tasks. But maybe you think they are dangerous and you are scared of them. Anyways, the scenes we see in the movie Big Hero 6 do exist in real life.

The competition is called Battlebots and is a tournament where robots are fighting against each other. To win, you must either destroy the enemy robots or turn it around so that it cannot be used anymore. You can also win by judges decision if time is up, but that rarely happens because you can also push the enemy robot into one of the traps that are built on the ring.

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Image from: gettyimages.com.au

If you want to check out some of the amazing fights from the Battlebots I invite you to click here . 

And if you want to check out their website, here is the link. You can subscribe or get more info about the competition on the website.

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What is robotics?

As you all probably know, robots have experienced a great advance during the last few decades. They are becoming more and more present in our lives. But what is robotics exactly?

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Robotics is actually a word that is used to describe a branch of engineering that has to do with the manufacture, design, conception and operation of robots. It is basically everything that has to do with robots. A robot is a machine able to carry out a list of tasks automatically, almost always programmable by a computer. Now let’s talk coding: what languages are used to program robots and which ones are the best?

This is a question people often ask when the begin programming robots and the problem is that the answer is not simple. Depending on the person you ask this question, the answer will be different. This is why I will give you a list of the 10 most popular languages used in robotics.

  1. C/C++
  2. Python
  3. Java
  4. C#/.NET
  5. MATLAB
  6. Assembly
  7. HDLs
  8. LISP
  9. BASIC/Pascal
  10. Industrial Robot Languages

This is just a brief overview of the most famous languages so if you want to know more about one of the languages follow our blog and leave a comment to tell me which one you would like me to talk about. Personally, I will start teaching you Arduino, a language which uses C/C++.

What will I teach you in future blog posts about Arduino?

In future blog posts, I will teach you the basics of Arduino and then we will start going further in the language and make small programs using an Arduino board and the Arduino free software, so if you want to learn more about Arduino, stay tuned and follow us. Feel free to comment and like the post if you liked it!