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9 Mar 2006 (updated 10 Mar 2006 at 07:59 UTC) »

His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium has visited our Robotics lab at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He was very interested in our robot projects.
The pictures can be seen here

Here you can see some pictures and the first steps (still supported) of the biped Veronica, powered by the MACCEPA actuator:
Maccepa and first step of Veronica

You can visit our stand of anty that will become an intelligent huggy robot at the European Motor Show Brussels 2006. Some pictures can be seen here, more information about the Anty Foundation here or the project here

For those who cannot have enough of Asimo: Press Conference video

13 Dec 2005 (updated 13 Dec 2005 at 07:40 UTC) »

Incredible, Honda debuted a new ASIMO humanoid robot tonight which features the ability to pursue key tasks in a real-life environment such as an office and an advanced level of physical capabilities.

Press Release
ASIMO Special Site

Don't miss these New ASIMO Videos:

New ASIMO Running at 6km/h (00:35) video

New ASIMO Turning on the Spot (00:22) video

New ASIMO Greeting Passers-By (00:24) video

New ASIMO Walking with a Tray (00:31) video

New ASIMO Operating a Cart (01:26) video

New ASIMO Running while Cornering (00:57) video

New ASIMO Exercising (00:44) video

New ASIMO Walking Hand-in-Hand (01:16) video

New ASIMO Receiving and Delivering a Tray (01:15) video

New ASIMO IC Tele-Interaction Card (00:25) video

New ASIMO Interaction with Distancing (00:44) video

New ASIMO Interaction with Positioning (00:26) video

New ASIMO Interaction with Recognition (00:22) video

New ASIMO in an Office (01:03) video

New ASIMO Pushing a Cart (05:21) video

New ASIMO Running at 6km/h (Slow Motion) (00:26) video

New ASIMO - Comparison of Running Speed (00:20) video

Our altacro step rehabilitation robot and our biped Lucy has been on Euronews, the european news channel. The video in English can be seen here

Answer for Nate Waddoups:

Due to the one dimensional rotation of the joints, the robot can only walk in the sagittal plane, so the robot is attached to a XY-guiding frame, in order to prevent tipping over in the frontal plan. You can see the guiding mechanims in the video.

A new movie of our bipedal walking robot Lucy is available when she walks on a treadmill: Biped Lucy walking on a treadmill. She is not powered by electrical drives but by pleated pneumatic artificial muscles.

We have invented a new kind of actuator and it is called "the MACCEPA". The MACCEPA is a straightforward and easy to construct rotational actuator, of which the compliance can be controlled separately from the equilibrium position. The generated torque is a linear function of the compliance and of the angle between equilibrium position and actual position. This makes this actuator perfectly suitable for dynamic walking, human- robotic interfaces and robotic rehabilitation devices.

. More info on this website: http://mech.vub.ac.be/ maccepa

18 Aug 2005 (updated 18 Aug 2005 at 21:03 UTC) »

Our server was down today because there was no electricity in the building. Now are the movies and the site back available.

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