A construction robot based on the construction machine including advance technologies has been developed in “Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program (ImPACT Program) Tough Robotics Challenge". A Dynamics simulator has developed for the design of the construction robot, the evaluation of new technologies and the training of operator. A construction robot has two working machines and each swings, so the operation is complicated. We introduce application of the dynamics simulator to development of operating interface for construction robot.
An activity of the disaster response robot in the extreme hazardous environment is expected when a disaster occurred. Therefore it is necessary to improve the capability and the efficiency for disaster response, recovery, prevention and mitigation. “Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program (ImPACT Program) Tough Robotics Challenge” has begun in 2014 for development of the remote autonomous robotics that can operate robustly in extreme hazardous environments. The construction robot based on the construction machine including various advance technologies has been developed in this program. The dynamics simulator has become necessary for the evaluation of these technologies and the training of the operator. We introduce the dynamics simulator system for the construction robot.
As part of the Impulsing Paradigm Challenge through Disruptive Technologies Program (ImPACT)’s Tough Robotics Challenge Program, a group of Japanese researchers developed a new concept construction robot for disaster relief situations. This robot has a double swing dual arm mechanism and has drastically improved operability and mobility compared to conventional construction machines using many new elemental technologies.
Free viewpoint image is generated by combining images obtained by multiple fish-eye cameras and provides surrounding circumstances images with a 360° field of view for tele-operation of robot. However, applying this system to a robot with an arm causes a problem that a part of view is occluded by the arm. In this paper, we propose a method to remove the arm that appears as an obstacle on free viewpoint image and provide the background image that should be seen there. The experiment with a double-armed robot shows that the proposed method can generate free viewpoint image without occlusion.