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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Kirobo - Japans First Robot Astronaut

Kirobo is Japan's first robot astronaut, developed by University of Tokyo and Tomotaka Takahashi, to accompany Koichi Wakata, the first Japanese commander of the International Space Station.

Kirobo was developed by a collaborative effort between Dentsu, the University of Tokyo's Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Robo Garage, Toyota, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). The University of Tokyo and Robo Garage worked on the robot hardware and motion generation, Toyota created the voice recognition function and Dentsu created the conversation content and managed the project. Kirobo is approximately 34 cm (13 in) tall, 18 cm (7.1 in) wide and 15 cm (5.9 in) deep. It weighs about 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) and speaks Japanese.

Toyota is teaming up with Japan's space program to send Kirobo to space. The robot astronaut is built with Toyota's latest voice-recognition software to test future applications for robot-human interaction.

Kirobo has two light and two touch sensors and is programmed using IconWorks, a specialized software developed for the purpose. Programming apparently requires users to just arrange icons on a PC screen as desired and transfer the program to Kirobo through a transfer cable. The robot will then perform the actions required.

The Elekit Kirobo robot can trace a line, negotiate around obstacles or follow a light, among other things.

The CPU comes in a box that has several slots so users can create their own robot shell.

This Kirobo uses a RISC (reduced instruction set computing)-type PIC16F88 CPU with flash memory. It has DC motors, and runs for about six hours on four AA batteries. The device weighs about 8 oz. excluding the batteries.

UNVEILING OF KIROBO



WORKING IN SPACE



CHATTING FROM SPACE



For more info visit : http://kibo-robo.jp/

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Download Free Books: Pro/ENGINEER for Designer and SolidWorks for Designers Release 2003 (Free Download Chapters)

Pro/ENGINEER for Designers

Pro/ENGINEER for Designer is a book that is written with an intent of helping the people who are into 3D design. This book is written with the tutorial point of view with learn-by-doing as the theme. The mechanical engineering industry examples and tutorials are used in this book to ensure that the user can relate his knowledge of this book with the actual mechanical industry designs.

The following are some additional features of this free book:

  • Detailed explanation of Pro/ENGINEER commands
  • 45 real-world tutorials and projects with step-by-step explanation
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  • 640 pages with heavily illustrated text
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Click on the links to download the free chapters of Pro/ENGINEER for Designers (2001):


SolidWorks for Designers Release 2003

SolidWorks for Designers Release 2003 is a textbook written with the tutorial point of view with learn-by-doing as the theme. About 35 mechanical engineering industry examples are used as tutorials in this book and an additional 25 as exercises to ensure that the user can relate his knowledge of this book with the actual mechanical industry designs 

The following are some additional features of this free book:

  • Detailed explanation of SolidWorks 2003 tools
  • More than 50 real-world tutorials and projects with step-by-step explanation
  • Emphasis on Why and How with explanation
  • Tips and Notes throughout the textbook
  • 816 pages with heavily illustrated text
  • 640 pages with heavily illustrated text
  • Self-evaluation tests and Exercises at the end of each chapter