March 2015 - Archieve

Under the hood articles from the past.

The concept - Flewro


The drone (Flewro)will fly up to the top of the coconut tree and will get connected on the starting part of coconut leaves and once the device is connected there it will get locked on the tree automatically and can be controlled using the smart phones in our hand.Then both the robotic hands will start working(just imagine hands of JCB machine) in one of the hand a camera will connected and we can see the coconuts in our mobile phone screen and can operate the other hand with rotating blades and the coconut will fall down easily.›A robotic device that can be connected to a drone or Quadra copter, controlled remotely using a Mobile Phone or a Tablet Computer.Only flying device that is a boon to coconut farmers(not limited to coconuts)Finishes job several times faster than any other method

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Integrating next generation technology for plucking coconuts.



A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.And at flewup our dream is to pluck coconuts using smartphones an tablet computers.And finally flewro is the result of this dream.Flying Electronic Wonder Robots (FLEWRO) is a quadcopter drone robot (UAV) .The drone with robotic arms can pluck coconut or dates from their trees. The God’s Own Country, Kerala is blessed with nature’s best, with full of greeneries filled with trees, majority of it contributed by Kera Vrikshas (The Coconut palms).With improved living conditions and new opportunities, traditional way of plucking coconuts has almost vanished and if its available it’s become unbearably expensive. Many kinds of mechanisation is being introduced every day. Not all of them practical and affordable. In this juncture, we are presenting the “flewro” a flying robot to pluck coconuts that is affordable and easy to operate.
The drone can fly to the top of trees which are up to 200 metres and pluck the fruit. This drone can be controlled with mobile app. Camera attached to the drone will stream live visuals to the mobile app using Wi-Fi. The app is capable of recording the camera output shown on the screen to the mobiles memory. The drone can automatically stabilize its flight even during heavy wind with the help of the drone’s in built gyroscope and GPS. Once the drone (FLEWRO) reaches the top tree, the robotic arms starts working. One of the robotic arm tests whether the nut is ripe or not. When the test confirms that the coconut (or any other fruit) is ripe, it notifies the user through the mobile app. The users have option to confirm to pluck or not. When the confirmation to pluck is received from the user, the drone with its secondary arm fitted with sharp razors pluck the fruit. This process is continued until the drone receives order to come back home.

FLEWRO - Drones to pluck dates, coconuts, fruits from trees.



Flying Electronic Wonder Robots (FLEWRO) is a quadcopter drone (UAV) developed by Aliriza Abdul Gaffoor. The drone with robotic arms can pluck coconut or dates from their trees.

How the robotic drone plucks coconut – Working of FLEWRO

FLEWRO-from Flewup technologies – coconut plucking robotic drone
The drone can fly to the top of trees which are up to 200 metres and pluck the fruit. This drone can be controlled with mobile app. Camera attached to the drone will stream live visuals to the mobile app using Wi-Fi. The app is capable of recording the camera output shown on the screen to the mobiles memory. The drone can automatically stabilize its flight even during heavy wind with the help of the drone’s in built gyroscope and GPS.
Once the drone (FLEWRO) reaches the top tree, the robotic arms starts working.  One of the robotic arm tests whether the nut is ripe or not. When the test confirms that the coconut (or any other fruit) is ripe, it notifies the user through the mobile app. The users have option to confirm to pluck or not. When the confirmation to pluck is received from the user, the drone with its secondary arm fitted with sharp razors pluck the fruit. This process is continued until the drone receives order to come back home.

EMIEW 2 Robots from Hitachi



EMIEW2 was developed as part of Hitachi's efforts to create a service robot with diverse communication functions that could safely coexist with humans while conducting necessary services.o ensure agility and safety in an office environment, EMIEW2 was designed to a compact height of 80 cm and a portable weight of 14 kg. Further, to enable harmonious interaction while working with people, EMIEW2 is able to travel at the same speed as humans as well as stop stably. The 2-wheel 6 km/hr high speed feature developed for EMIEW1 is retained in a two 2-wheel mechanism, which enables agile 2-wheel movement, and a wheeled-leg type mechanism was developed to get over floor level differences in the office.

A service robot that work in a office building is required to run over safely an obstacle on a floor, such as a threshold, mattress, or electric cables, therefore, "Active suspension" and "Idling control technology" were built into the leg mechanism of EMIEW 2. "Active suspension" is consisted of a spring and an actuator. The spring absorbs softly a big impact generated by running over a step on floor, and the actuator recovers the inclination of the robot according to the transformation of the spring. Moreover, "Idling control" is a function to control an excessive idling of the wheel by the uncontrollability in the wheel jumping timing when the robot run over the step, and for a steady running to continue after it lands.
To talk with the person in a real office building, the robot is required to recognize accurately human voices with serious noisy condition in which the noises come from upper and lower, right and left, various directions, moreover the robot mechanism becomes a source of the noise. This time, the technologies that suppress the noise efficiently with 14 microphones installed in the head of EMIEW 2 were developed. One of them is a horizontal and vertical voice direction analyzing technology that is able to focus the voice search space efficiently, and another is noise-canceling technology against the noises generated by the robot self. The voice recognition performance has been improved rapidly by these technologies.

The Poppy project - Robots are powerful tools to learn

with 3D printed parts and Arduino-based electronics, it has never been so easy to hack, extend, or create robots. And it is all open-source!.Poppy is an interdisciplinary platform gathering beginners and experts, scientists, educators, developersand artists, that all share a vision: robots are powerful tools to learn and be creative. The Poppy community develops robotic creations that are easy to build, customise, deploy, and share. We promote open-source by sharing hardware, software, and web tools.



The Poppy platform was initially designed within a publicly funded scientific project (Flowers project-team funded by ERC Grant Explorers, Inria and RĂ©gion Aquitaine). It targeted to respond jointly to three complementary needs in robotics and cognitive science.
  • Make the body an experimental variable: The properties of the body (shapes, elasticity, distribution of mass, …) have a crucial impact on sensorimotor control, cognitive skills and social interaction. For example, adequate shapes of legs can considerably simplify the acquisition of locomotion. The social and emotional response of a human in front of a robot is also strongly impacted by its body appearance. Thus, a scientific enquiry of the role of the body requires the possibility of fast design, building and experimentation of alternative morphologies. 3D printing and other rapid prototyping techniques now make it possible, and this was leveraged in the design of the Poppy platform.
  • Make scientific output openly accessible, reproducible and cumulative: Robots are often complex systems, and this has so far often resulted in robotics research project which results were relying on either closed platforms, hiding sometimes crucial details, or experiments which cannot be reproduced. This is a barrier to scientific progress. The Poppy platform is a step towards addressing this issue, being accessible both in terms of cost and complexity, and allowing researchers to share hardware and experimental details in addition to code and algorithms;
  • Make scientific output usable outside science labs: A number of research projects in science labs could in principle be reused in educational, FabLab or industrial projects. Yet, the difficulty of accessing information through the formalism of scientific publications is often a strong obstacle. The sharing of experimental materials through the Poppy platform opens new possibilities in this perspective.

How can I use Poppy for my scientific work ?

The Poppy platform allows users to create and modify easily the shape ofrobots. Poppy creatures can also be used directly as reproducible and accessible experimental platforms. For example:
  • Investigate quickly, and at a reasonable cost, various mechanical design for body part such as the leg (see this article), or test several mechanism for the feet (see this article), and study their impact on balance or energy consumption.
  • Explore how different body appearances can impact human-robot interaction, e.g. how humans perceive the movements or the internal state of the robot.
  • Test how autonomous learning algorithms allow a robot to learn how to control new morphologies and interact with objects, such as with the compatible open-source Explauto python library for curiosity-driven learning.

TEDx talk discussing how Poppy opens scientific possibilities to explore the mechanisms of learning and development with open-source baby robots 
Thanks to the availability of simulators, one can also study how skills acquired by the robot in simulation (e.g. through stochastic optimization), can be transferred efficiently to the physical robot.
Poppy is accessible, and other science lab in the world will be able to reproduce your research, and extend it with their own idea. Thanks to the 3D printing technology, off the shelf affordable components, and true open source community, you can have very short cycles of development. Your research can go fast. 

How can I contribute?


There are many ways you can contribute, which include:
  • Investigate your own research question using Poppy and share the source code of the software and hardware to the community such that anyone can reproduce you results and test on their own platform;
  • Create a tutorial on your or our website allowing other researchers to reproduce your experiments;
  • Connect your latest machine learning or control algorithms to the PyPot library so that users in the Poppy community can reuse them for their projects;
  • Submit scientific challenges to the Poppy community;
  • Help others to solve their scientific goals;

PLEN2, the world’s first printable open-source humanoid.

Did you ever believe that you can make a humanoid robot at home?
Yes., Now its possible with Plen2.
PLEN2 is a robot kit consisting control boards, servomotors and accessories that you can put together yourself. You do not need any technical knowledge and special tools. What you need to build this robot is just a screwdriver. When you complete it, PLEN2 is approx.7.87in tall and weighs approx.21.16ozwith 18 joints and it is highly maneuverable.

Making humanoid robot at home
PLEN2 is a robot kit consisting control boards, servomotors and accessories that you can put together yourself. You do not need any technical knowledge and special tools. What you need to build this robot is just a screwdriver. When you complete it, PLEN2 is approx.7.87in tall and weighs approx.21.16ozwith 18 joints and it is highly maneuverable.
- Making humanoid robot at home
Making Humanoid at Home
Making Humanoid at Home
3D data for the main components of the robot are provided at free of charge.Thus, using a 3D printer, anyone can customize the data and make their own original parts.
Personalize and expanding its functions
The control board of PLEN2 is an Arduino compatible control. Gadget lovers can easily do some programming and add function to PLEN2.
Control board for ROS MiddleWare are also lined up. Technical experts and researchers will be able to conduct fully-fledged robot development.
What can PLEN2 do for you?
Communicate with others in your place
- PLEN2 is carrying small thing, dancing, and playing football with fellows.PLENs can get together and have all sorts of borderless fun.
Help you grow and improve at exercise and medical situation (rehabilitation)
Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation
- You can operate it with your smartphone, PC, and other input methods by sensor devices such as body motions, facial expressions, myogenic signals, brain waves, etc.
various method for controlling
various method for controlling
Help you learn technology
Learn Robot
Learn Robot
- Children can experience the joy of making things themselves whilst learning about the robot's construction.
Children can learn robot with their way.
Children can learn robot with their way.
- Students and grown-ups have the opportunity to learn about programming, machine control, electronic circuits, and design.
PLEN2 Control Board Prototype
PLEN2 Control Board Prototype
PLEN2 Head Board Prototype
PLEN2 Head Board Prototype

- Researchers, engineers and developers can use PLEN2 to perform lots of other helpful functions such as sending images and fetching objects from places they cannot see or get to themselves.  
Size checking for Intel Edison. The Head Board of Developer Edition will have Edison.
Size checking for Intel Edison. The Head Board of Developer Edition will have Edison.

Our vision

Our aim is to open up the relationship between humans and technology through printable and open-source robot kit, ”PLEN2”. We do not believe that robots should replace people but that they should complement our abilities. We strongly believe that scientific technology can enrich everyone in society, if we embrace it in a positive manner. We are very small team. Thus, we need your help to build PLEN2, bring it to the world, and to grow the community. Please support us in our goal for a tomorrow where everyone can make his/her own humanoid robot. Let’s humanize technology!