If you enjoyed reading recently about the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-hosted robotics challenges in China,* then you'll love actually seeing the robots in action. A new video highlights the best of two of the competitions: the Mobile Microrobotics Challenge (MMC), where microscopic automatons navigate a maze about the size of a sesame seed and perform miniature manufacturing tasks; and the Virtual Manufacturing Automation Competition (VMAC), in which virtual robots pick up pallets, navigate around each other and load trucks in a simulated warehouse environment.
In this video, virtual robots move pallets while maneuvering around each other in a simulation of a busy warehouse. Credit: Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS), University of Zagreb, Croatia.
The contests are designed to prove the viability of advanced robotics and microrobotics technologies.
* See "NIST Contests in China Put Next-Gen Robot Technologies to the Test" in NIST Tech Beat, June 7, 2011.