Playing Robots


Partner Robot Family

Partner Robot, as its name suggests, is a robot that assists people with a combination of caring and intelligence.

Playing Violin

The instrument is delicately played like a human with a highly advanced cooperative control of both hands and arms. This tool is aimed to provide support in medical, nursing and housework areas.

ZeroMojo » Tech News : Robot plays pool

Thomas Nierhoff, a masters student at Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen (TUM), relied on a human-sized mobile robot with dual 7-DOF arms to achieve this vision, and the arms are able to manipulate a pool cue just like how a human does – hopefully with better accuracy thanks to a camera that is located above the table to track the various positions of the balls, helping the robot plan its shots in the process.

The PR2 Plays Pool | Willow Garage

With only a small team of developers and a week's worth of development, the PR2 can now play pool! [...]  The Poolshark team dealt with numerous technical challenges throughout the week: engineering a special grip and bridge so the PR2 could hold the cue, a ball detector, table localization, visualizations and input tools, shot selector, and more.

DLR - Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics - Research

Mobile Humanoid "Rollin' Justin"

The mobile robotic system Justin with its compliant controlled light weight arms and its two four finger hands is an ideal experimental platform for dual handed mobil manipulation. The newly developed mobile platform allows the long range autonomous operation of the system. The individually movable, spring born wheels match the special requirements of “Justin's” upper body during manipulation tasks. Various sensors allow the 3D reconstruction of the robot's environment and therefore enable Justin to perform given tasks autonomously.

ETH - IDSC - Flying Machine Arena

A state-of-the-art platform for motion control research.
The Flying Machine Arena offers a safe, controlled sandbox environment allowing the testing and validation of mobile robots. Thanks to its large size, it allows the testing of fast-paced motions, be it on the ground or in the air. The Flying Machine Arena offers ideal conditions to test novel concepts thanks to a high-precision localization system, high-performance radio links, easy-to-use software structure, and safety nets enclosing the space (more information on the Flying Machine Arena infrastructure).