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Photo Gallery: Asimo, Kilobots, iCub, and More

Pictures! Of robots! From IROS 2011! YES!

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Photo Gallery: Asimo, Kilobots, iCub, and More

We have a few more solid weeks worth of IROS awesomeness to share with you, but since it's Friday and all, we thought it might be a nice time to put together a little gallery of some of the robots from the expo floor of the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, which took place last month in San Francisco.

Most of the bots you'll recognize easily, but keep an eye out for some (okay a LOT) of those little Kilobots, as well as a guest appearance by Disney's swarming display robots. Enjoy!

 

And just in case that wasn't enough for you, Willow Garage (one of the IROS sponsors) also put together this little video montage:

[ IROS 2011 ]

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The Bionic-Hand Arms Race

The prosthetics industry is too focused on high-tech limbs that are complicated, costly, and often impractical

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A photograph of a young woman with brown eyes and neck length hair dyed rose gold sits at a white table. In one hand she holds a carbon fiber robotic arm and hand. Her other arm ends near her elbow. Her short sleeve shirt has a pattern on it of illustrated hands.

The author, Britt Young, holding her Ottobock bebionic bionic arm.

Gabriela Hasbun. Makeup: Maria Nguyen for MAC cosmetics; Hair: Joan Laqui for Living Proof
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In Jules Verne’s 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, members of the fictitious Baltimore Gun Club, all disabled Civil War veterans, restlessly search for a new enemy to conquer. They had spent the war innovating new, deadlier weaponry. By the war’s end, with “not quite one arm between four persons, and exactly two legs between six,” these self-taught amputee-weaponsmiths decide to repurpose their skills toward a new projectile: a rocket ship.

The story of the Baltimore Gun Club propelling themselves to the moon is about the extraordinary masculine power of the veteran, who doesn’t simply “overcome” his disability; he derives power and ambition from it. Their “crutches, wooden legs, artificial arms, steel hooks, caoutchouc [rubber] jaws, silver craniums [and] platinum noses” don’t play leading roles in their personalities—they are merely tools on their bodies. These piecemeal men are unlikely crusaders of invention with an even more unlikely mission. And yet who better to design the next great leap in technology than men remade by technology themselves?

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