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NickyBones
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Training the beast!
Hopefully I will submit my paper soon, and then I can share a video of the beast in action :)

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  • 11
    Jealous. Looks like a fun toy. People shouldn't put me in charge of expensive things...
  • 10
    @atheist This robot is basically a relic, not that expensive :)
  • 6
    Nice wheels 😎

    Would love to see that robo in action!
  • 5
    Kuka? Is that their small hobby platform?
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    @ScriptCoded Yes, but I think it's been out of production for a few years. We ordered the Dingo from Clearpath as a replacement for this veteran.
  • 3
    Did I see Microsoft Kinect in a robot?

    It look cool but what does it do?
  • 4
    @mr-user No Kinect in this setup. For now the task I'm dealing with is localization in dynamic environments :)
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    You're a cool one! 😎
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    @NickyBones Nice. Casual 10 grand 😅
  • 8
    Whenever I see a rant with anything robot-like in pic, I (and prolly everyone else in dR) know it's Nicky :)

    Kudos!
  • 8
    that looks cool

    can we make a battle bot out of it though
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    @netikras I'm building my brand :)
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    @LotsOfCaffeine Probably, but it slower than the average 80 year old and for sure has less time to live.
  • 4
    I don't trust that you didn't program it to take over the world
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    @NickyBones

    Do you mean mapping the non static environment such as road, sudden obstacle and so on?
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    @mr-user My work is targeting indoor environments. Changes that are hard to handle are more of the quasi-static type - big piles of boxes that move around in warehouses, or rearrangement of furniture, that basically create a great discrepancy between the observation and the pre-built map. Fast dynamics are easier to detect and filter - but big stuff that can suddenly move and then stay in the same place for days and months require a different approach.
  • 4
    Nice, autonomous indoor navigation with depth perception, lidar, deep learning and mecanum wheels.

    I could only spot those parts from the photo. Good luck!
  • 9
    @NickyBones next iteration could have a shock sensing skirt (like a Roomba) or something fancy like a ground-facing LIDAR. All to avoid small, ground-coloured objects that could get in the way unseen and make things bad.

    Real story: we were testing these newfangled warehouse shuffling units (think roombas that sneak under and then lift and carry around pallets that look like metal cupboards, like in an Amazon warehouse). But those were first-gen, only-for-veeeery-clean-places dev kits. They were made to carry around plastic-wrapped industrialized products.
    We had low-value crap that was waiting transportation in the warehouse.

    And then a potato - a regular, light-brown-skinned potato - fell from one of the cupboards into the floor. Our light-gray, dusty and rough concrete floor.
    The robots couldn't see it. One of them hits the potato an STUMBLES. It falls down and dominoes the four other units behind it. We lost a couple pallets full of produce that night...
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    @JsonBoa Oh, wow. That's actually hilarious :)

    It was always my belief that potatoes possess great power :)
  • 2
    That is awesome!
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    @NickyBones

    Eat them before it can hurt you.
  • 2
    Fucking awesome as always. You somehow unleash my inner hardware nerd in every single one of your posts, all of your projects are so fucking cool.
  • 2
    i'm sorry, i can't get over your hair color. i'm drawn to that hair color. i have it associated with 3 out of 6 most amazing people i've known in my life.
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    @Midnight-shcode I know another girl with this hair color, and she is the youngest group leader ever probably in robotics. Red-hair elite!
  • 0
    I wanna one of those :p
    Noob eletrónics amateur here.
    Or... Just give me the pieces... That allu frame would be good for my CNC :p
  • 1
    Is that an intel realsense camera ? 🙈
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    @NickyBones what OS are you running?

    We also use a realsense camera for a realtime projection setup (AR if you like), c# with windows. But I'm suspecting some of our performance problems are related to it..
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    @jkommeren Ubuntu 16.04/18.04/20.04. Worked properly for all of them.
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    @NickyBones arm or x86?
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    @jkommeren Both. Tried it with NVidia Jetson and Intel NUC.
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    @NickyBones 1080p capture resolution? 30fps?

    Thanks for your answers! Means a lot! Your setup looks nice!
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    @jkommeren No, I'm using low-res because whatever I run on the images needs only 480x640
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    @NickyBones cool! Thanks that helps.

    For the record we're using 720p and 1080p in some cases.

    What are you using your setup for?
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    @jkommeren Robot localization :)
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    @NickyBones our company uses lidar for that, iirc led based. But I'm assuming you considered it?
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    @jkommeren I'm also using a 2D LiDAR, but when you have a scene with a pretty repetitive structure (rooms of the exact same size and lots of symmetries), LiDAR-based localization struggles. Add to this the presence of dynamics and yeah...
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    @LotsOfCaffeine

    Uh oh.
    Google had taken offline the robo wars series and alike after some AI research.
    They're taking sides with the future winners in evolution.
    Talking of robot's feelings.

    As much as I loved the machinery, programming and tension in such experiments, in a few decades it will be history as 'AIs dark age' and 'robo genocide' , thus I fully understand and embrace taking those materials offline.
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    @scor I wouldn't refer to the abuse of technology by governments as AI. You don't need AI to track every fart your citizens make and oppress them.

    If you are referring to a new form of sentience that is digital, I really doubt it would find humans interesting enough to exterminate/enslave them. The fact that something so powerful would even bother with us, is a very human-centric and vain thought.
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    @NickyBones
    Had you read what I wrote?
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    @scor Yeah, and I don't see what is the problem?
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