Student team devises way to control robotic arm using hand gestures

Student team devises way to control robotic arm using hand gestures

Figure (a) Flow of EMG signal from participant to robotic arm. Figure (b) Hand motions used and the corresponding motion of the robotic arm. A Mizzou Engineering team has devised a way to control a robot just by moving your hands. What makes the work especially unique is that researchers only used one pair of [...]
Mizzou Engineer develops way for robots to navigate complex spaces

Mizzou Engineer develops way for robots to navigate complex spaces

Robots such as autonomous vacuums have limitations when it comes to understanding a room's geometry. A Mizzou Engineer has developed a new way to help robots better navigate complicated environments. Right now, robot navigation relies on camera images or sensors that detect light and objects. But they may not work well in a low-light/dark environment, [...]
Robotics Expert: Gen Z Will Usher in Era of Advanced Robots

Robotics Expert: Gen Z Will Usher in Era of Advanced Robots

Today’s robots are good at performing single tasks. You can buy an autonomous robot, for instance, to vacuum your house. A true single helper robot that can vacuum, cook and wash the dishes? That could be a while, but Dale Musser believes Generation Z will usher in the era of advanced robotics. “This is the [...]
Robotics Expert: New Type of Computing Needed for AI Revolution

Robotics Expert: New Type of Computing Needed for AI Revolution

Robots today may look human-like, but it will take a new type of computing for true artificial intelligence to be a reality, Gui DeSouza says. Robotics have come a long way since Gui DeSouza was defending his dissertation on automated systems for automotive production lines in the 1990s. But he believes it will take a [...]
Students Now Putting Spot the Robot to Work

Students Now Putting Spot the Robot to Work

Watch as Sophomore Stephen Bowen explains the programming used to code Spot. | Video courtesy of Kristofferson Culmer It’s not quite dancing in viral videos just yet, but Mizzou Engineering’s Spot is getting a little smarter each day, thanks to an inaugural group of student programmers.  Spot is an agile mobile robot from Boston Dynamics [...]
See Spot Work: Spot the Robot Now Embedded in IT Program

See Spot Work: Spot the Robot Now Embedded in IT Program

Kristofferson Culmer takes Spot the robot on a tour of Lafferre Hall. See Spot walk. See Spot run. Now, students in the Information Technology Program at Mizzou Engineering are seeing how they can make Spot perform more complicated tasks. In this case, Spot isn’t a dog from a classic children’s book, but rather an agile mobile robot from Boston Dynamics. The IT [...]
Army Ants Share Passion for Robotics

Army Ants Share Passion for Robotics

The College of Engineering sponsored a full-day robotics camp for underrepresented and economically-disadvantaged youth in central Missouri Oct. 31. Army Ants is made up of local high school students who design robots to complete specific tasks outlined by FIRST Robotics, an organization responsible for putting on regional and national robot competitions in order to build […]

Slideshow: IEEE hosts ZouMo competition

The Mizzou chapter of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) hosted a robotics competition, ZouMo Bot. Twelve teams competed in the first ever event. The winning team members won Syma X5C Explorer Drone.

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