ICRA 2011 Expo Gallery

Couldn't make it to Shanghai to check out the ICRA expo? No problem! We've got pics for you, straight from the show floor

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ICRA 2011 Expo Gallery

While most of ICRA was devoted to research presentations, there was a lively expo floor stuffed with robots that would be from all corners of the globe, if a globe had any corners. We're nowhere near finished with our coverage of the research, but for today, enjoy this gallery of pics from the expo:

Guarding the entrance to the expo hall were Yaskawa's light saber dueling robots, which as far as I can tell were battling with each other non-stop for five days straight. Obviously, they'd had lessons.

Adept is now selling the AQUA2 research robot, which is a commercial derivative of the RHex platform designed for underwater operations. 

Also from Adept was this intelligent robot kiosk, which incorporates a touchscreen display on a mobile base with autonomous navigation.

The Shadow C6M Smart Motor Hand is touted as the most advanced dextrous robot hand in the world, boasting 24 movements which allow for direct mapping from human hand motions onto the robot hand.

Willow Garage managed to ship a PR2 all the way to Shanghai in a crate, where it immediately (well, almost immediately) got busy picking up squishy turtle toys and putting them down again. 

The reason for PR2's turtle toys was all the publicity surrounding the recent debut of TurtleBot, which took part in an impromptu educational robot parade along with Kuka's youBot and Aldebaran Robotics' Nao

DARwIn-OP kept itself busy all week kicking a red ball around and forcing people to dodge out of the way of its exceptionally determined object-tracking algorithms.

Looking for a robot to do something dirty or dangerous? Shanghai's own xPartner Robotics Company has you covered.

TurtleBot may not be the fastest robot on the block, but its spacious upper deck is good for riding around on, as Nao discovered.

 

This is actually one of the very first production versions of the Kuka youBot. Pretty sexy, even in orange. 

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