Tag Archives: SLAM

Google Project Tango mobile phone

After acquiring just about any robotics company worth something, Google research have now revealed one of their internal projects that aims to create a mobile phone that has all the necessary hardware and software to create beautiful 3D models of indoor environments. Project Tango is the first prototype of a highly customized smart phone with… Read More »

Open source Topological SLAM software available for download

Everyone knows that solving the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping Problem (SLAM) is essential to creating truly autonomous mobile robots. Many good SLAM solutions have been developed in the past 10 years but most of them rely on time-of-flight sensors (most often a SICK Laser) to achieve high localization accuracy and map resolutions. Visual SLAM approaches… Read More »

Robotics summer schools are great for young graduate students

In recent years, there has been a number of well focused summer schools designed to provide an in depth introduction of a robotics or artificial intelligence topic for young and senior researchers. These summer schools often have one-week duration and include both lectures by experts and hands on experience. This summer for example, the Portuguese… Read More »

Solving the localization problem by studying the rat’s hippocampus

Neuroscientists at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Robert F. Furchgott Center for Neural and Behavioral Science, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, New York, U.S., are studying how rats interpret spatial information by analyzing the activity in the hippocampus. Specifically, Dr. Andre F. Fenton has published a recent article in the latest… Read More »

Autonomous exploration with a vision-based mobile robot

In recent years, the vast majority of mobile robots have been constructed to rely heavily on a laser sensor for perceiving their surrounding environment. Laser is very accurate when it comes to measuring the distance to objects making it possible for mobile robots to navigate and map large and highly dynamic environments. On the other… Read More »

Monte Carlo Localization and the tipping point for mobile robotics

One of the most important skills for a mobile robot is to know its current location. If we ever hope that robots will become part of our daily lives then solving the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) problem is of the utmost importance. Before researchers could tackle SLAM, they had to solve the smaller problem… Read More »

The Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) problem in robotics

The importance of solving the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) problem in robotics can never be overstated. SLAM has been declared as the most fundamental problem that needs to be solved if we want to build truly autonomous mobile robots. SLAM is about a robot being able to concurrently track its position and construct a… Read More »

SWAN: System for Wearable Audio Navigation guide for the visually impaired

CBC had a story today about a new system developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology whose goal is to help the blind find their way around a building. As the article states, GPS systems allow for easy navigation in outdoor environments but are useless indoors since the GPS signal is not detectable. The System… Read More »