Showcase

OLogic has had the honor of working with many of the most innovative people and companies in the world. We have partnered with our customers to make their ideas become reality. From concept to completion, we develop in stages until we have a working, successful product. We are proud to showcase some of our fun, educational, useful and ever evolving robotic friends here.

Google – Project Tango

The Product

OLogic is working on Google’s exciting Project Tango, a collaboration between some of the most innovative robotics and technology companies in the U.S. and across the globe. Project Tango technology gives mobile devices the ability to navigate the physical world, imitating humans with its advanced computer vision, image processing and special vision sensors. Imagine purchasing a new home in California sitting in your office in Hong Kong. This can be done with Project Tango’s room-mapping, 3D sensor technology. OLogic was selected by Google to work on a wide variety of tasks related to the project, from hardware/firmware engineering, to most robotic related tasks and demos. Many items OLogic worked on were featured prominently in the launch video, and we are honored to be a contributor to the overall project.

Google calls it a “Truly Open Project” and has released several development kits to creative people to see what develops.
Project Tango Development Kit

Video Clips:
Say Hello to Project Tango!
Project Tango Website
Project Tango Journey
Project Tango: NASA Spheres

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Wonder Workshop – Dash and Dot Robots-Educational, Creative and Simple, For Ages 5 to 105

The Product

Dash and Dot are two playful robots who help young programmers discover a world of creativity and fun through coding. Children as young as 5 years are able to control their robot, using imagination and simple applications. Dash and Dot are designed to grow with kids, offering more challenging concepts to build on their coding knowledge with intermediate and advanced apps. Through hands-on play, children learn about computer science and are inspired to create music, produce stories, build worlds and navigate space. And with snap-on accessories such as Xylophone, Tow Hook and the Smartphone Mount, the possibilities are endless.

OLogic met Wonder Workshop early in their design cycle and helped them with their initial electronics and firmware design, low cost manufacturing advice and introduction to their factory partner Jetta Company Limited.

Link to Wonder Workshop: https://www.makewonder.com/

Video Clips:
https://youtu.be/uLDQDaPHy9E
https://youtu.be/BqRHXSG7auY

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Origami Robotics – Romibo

The Product

Romibo is an approachable character who has the potential to break down communication barriers, especially in autism therapy and language learning. Romibo tells stories and delivers prompts and praise. It engages people in a way that has been proven to help increase verbalization while lowering anxiety and increasing attentiveness in people of all ages and abilities. Because it can connect to the internet, you are able to share your interactions and lessons with others. Romibo helps teachers work with children to encourage them in their communication and social skills. It helps caregivers by allowing them to customize, control and store scripts and interactions with an ipad so that information can be replayed in the future. OLogic redesigned the electronics and firmware of Romibo for proof of concept on next generation designs.

Video Clip:
Romibo Robot for Education and Autism
https://youtu.be/njQ6BCVf4YI

A.M.P. – Automated Music Personality

The Product
The worlds first two-wheeled, self-balancing music player. A.M.P. combines a room-thumping audio system in its chest, and plays music for you from either your smartphone, or a direct-attached electronic music player. A.M.P. has a smartphone application that allows the user to control the robot and stream music to it. He has built-in music tracks just for his personality, so he works right out of the box. He has a separate remote control that snaps into his back so that you can control him outside of the phone app too.

According to The Android at the DEMO Fall 2011 conference “A.M.P. is the worlds coolest Android phone accessory….and I know Android accessories better than anyone!”

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Oddwerx – Phone Dock

The Product
The Oddwerx Phone Dock is a dock, is a smartphone with legs. It is a dock you can snap your Android or iPhone into, and combined with the appropriate app, gives your phone personality, and mobility. The Oddwerx Phone Dock has a sample source API that allows application developers of existing smartphone apps to add mobility, and interaction to their existing smartphone apps.

For more detailed information on the Oddwerx, they have their own website and blog www.oddwerx.com

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Star Wars Science – Force Trainer

The Product
May the force be with you! The Force Trainer by Uncle Milton actually allows you to control a Jedi Training Remote with your mind, by tapping into cutting-edge brainwave technology. Utilizing dry neural sensor technology, the headset reads and interprets your brainwaves. The deeper your concentration and mental focus, the greater your ability to move the Training Sphere up or down the Training Tower.

The Force Trainer was one of the Top-10 toys of 2009.

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Google Android Robot

The Robot
The iconic Google Android comes to life, with a two wheeled balancing robot, that looks and feels like a real android. It seemed fitting for him to be a balancing robot, because although he has legs, he never uses them, just floats around.

No Android is complete without the his own Android App, to control him. The app. allows him to be driven around, speak, play music streamed from the phone or tablet, change the color of the lighting in his head, and turn his head from side to side. He also responds to a variety of voice commands using Google Cloud services. The app. was created using the Google App Inventor Beta, and runs on both Android phones, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The “Bug Droid” as we affectionately call him, made his first appearances at Google IO 2011, and Maker Faire 2011.

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Marty – The Martini Robot

The Market
In the spirit of constructing useful, service, robots, bordering on novelty, Marty was constructed with the idea in-mind, that robots can take mundane tasks and make them fun. This robot can be constructed from low cost materials, and in high volume, can be sold quite cheaply, as a novelty item.

The Robot
Marty was initially designed as a simple balancing cart that can server drinks at a party or in a bar. However, as people react to his presence, they anthropomorphize this balancing robot, and he becomes the center of attention and conversation. The robot could be equipped with a beacon following system similar to the “Follow-Me” robot below, to follow a server around a bar or restaurant setting, or could just be a simple static cart for people to set their drinks on while socializing.

Marty Features:

  • Custom designed board stack
  • Remote control for driving the unit around
  • Slide mode for easily positioning the robot near tables or patrons
  • Powerful 24v drive system
  • Anti-slip mat, and rails, for holding plenty of drinks without spilling
  • Large carrying capacity. Can balance with loads of 100+ pounds

Video Clips:

  • NY1 CES 2009 Coverage

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Follow-Me

The Market
Service robotics is currently touted as the future of the consumer robotics industry. With clearly successful applications of autonomous floor cleaning systems, and lawn mowers, many consumer electronic companies are looking to tap into the multi-billion dollar market for service robots, but are just lacking a good starting point, nor the technology.

The Robot
Follow-me is a demonstration of a simple service robotics, design, that built for the not-so-simple, everyday task of following you around and carrying your stuff for you. There are dozens of specific applications for which this could be used; helping the elderly or the handicapped, carrying luggage around the airport, hauling files around an office environment, moving laundry around a household, or any other task which involves carrying something around a structured environment. The robot follows a beacon which could be sewn into a piece of clothing, or worn on a belt loop. Whoever has the beacon, the robot tries to stay within a fixed distance from the wearer, while avoiding any obstacles that might be in the path of travel. Like all the other robots, OLogic has worked on, this robot is totally autonomous, and tries to make intelligent decisions on what to do next.

Follow-Me Features:

  • Custom designed board stack
  • 190 degree field of view sonar array for obstacle avoidance
  • Sonar-based follow-me technology for following beacon
  • 12v permanent magnet motors
  • Optical encoder closed loop motion control
  • Remote, electronic E-Stop for safety
  • Large carrying bin for hauling small loads 20-40 pounds in weight

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Giraffe

The Market
Military and civil service robots, are currently the largest market segment for most robotics manufacturers. There are many emerging opportunities in autonomous surveillance, and equipment setup.

The Robot
Giraffe was designed for NPC Robotics to showcase the benefits of a robot, equipped with a self-assembling pole attached to it. Giraffe contains a “ribbon-lift”, which spools out three metal ribbons, that form into a rigid, triangular pole, capable of lifting a 50 pound load up to 15 feet in the air. Ribbon lifts are also made in larger sizes capable of supporting a 500 pound load 25 feet in the air as well. This example shows a pan-tilt-zoom camera attached to the pole, however, it could just as easily be a lighting fixture, an antenna, a public broadcast device, a weather measurement instrument, or countless other ideas where a mobile, autonomous pole is needed. Giraffe is equipped to automatic linear actuators that self-level the robot before deploying the pole on sloped terrain. Want to light a runway at night, on the fly? Deploy a small fleet of these robots, GPS equipped, with a runway light on top, and send them off on their own to automatically position themselves along the runway. Countless possibilities for this technology.

Giraffe Features:

  • Custom designed electronics
  • Canon Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera package
  • ComCam camera security server system
  • 15 ft. Ribbon lift for 50 pound loads
  • Self-leveling linear actuator system for stability
  • Remote controlled or autonomous operation

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IGOR – XYZ

The Robot
IGOR stands for Indoor GPS OLogic Robot. IGOR demonstrates OLogic’s multi-vendor partnering, and systems integration capability. IGOR utilizes an ultrasonic-indoor-GPS system developed by SJAutomation, remote tele-operation developed by ComCam International, and OLogic robotic control system technology. IGOR is capable of autonomously driving between indoor waypoints, with no user intervention. A camera mounted in the robot, delivers a wavelet-compressed live video feed, to the end-user anywhere on the internet, and allows them to control the robot, by commanding it to drive to waypoints and take action. Since the robot is totally autonomous, the end-user does not need real-time control, therefore internet latencies do not affect its operation. There are many of specific applications for which this could be used from robotic security, to office mail delivery, to warehouse automation, to delivering patents or medications in a hospital environment.

IGOR Features:

  • Custom designed board stack
  • 70 degree field of view camera
  • Sonar-based Indoor GPS technology for location awareness
  • 12v permanent magnet motors
  • Optical encoder closed loop motion control
  • Remote, electronic E-Stop for safety
  • Internet Tele-Operation

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Odyssey

The Challenge
Robo-Magellan is a robotics competition emphasizing autonomous navigation and obstacle avoidance over varied, outdoor terrain. Robots have three opportunities to navigate from a starting point to an ending point and are scored on time required to complete the course with opportunities to lower the score based upon contacting intermediate points marked by road cones.

The Robot
The robot must not be constructed in such a way as to damage the environment or other robots. No robot may weigh more than 50 pounds nor may it use an internal or external combustion engine. The robot must fit inside a 4’x4’x4′ cube for the entire duration of its run. Robots must be autonomous. Remote control is not allowed with the exception of the remote control safety switch(es).

Odyssey Features:

  • Custom designed board stack
  • GPS system with WAAS correction
  • 6-degree of freedom inertial navigation system
  • 2-axis Magneto-Inductive Compass
  • 20 fps camera and computer vision system
  • 12v permanent magnet motors
  • Optical encoder closed loop motion control
  • 100 amp motor controller
  • Weighs 48 pounds

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Awards:

  • 2nd Place RoboGames 2007 (Silver Medal)
  • 3rd Place SRS Robothon 2006
  • 1st Place RoboGames 2006 (Gold Medal)
  • 2nd Place RoboGames 2005 (Silver Medal)
  • 2nd Place SRS Robothon 2004

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The Brain

Brainwave Controlled Robot

  • Developed as a proof-of-concept
  • Controlled using Neurosky Sensors
  • Wireless, wearable headset
  • Visual feedback lets you know when your brain is in the right mindset for controlling the robot
  • Easy to use
  • Made its debut at CES 2007
  • Seen on on ABC 7 News and mentioned in several press articles on devices demonstrating Neurosky sensor technology

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RED

Two-Wheeled Balancing Robot

  • State-of-the-art balancing software
  • Balancing is accomplished using a small piezo-electric gyro combined with the output of a two-axis accelerometer using a Kalman filter
  • CPU is an inexpensive PIC18F6621
  • High-resolution shaft encoders
  • Remote Controlled using 2.4GHZ Radio
  • Custom designed board stack
  • Inexpensive parts
  • Off-Road Tires for outdoor use

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Flexo

Two-Wheeled Balancing Robot

  • State-of-the-art balancing software
  • Balancing is accomplished using a small piezo-electric gyro combined with the output of a two-axis accelerometer using a Kalman filter
  • CPU is an inexpensive PIC18F252
  • High-resolution shaft encoders
  • 20 fps computer vision system that follows any red object
  • Custom designed board stack
  • Can also be radio controlled
  • Inexpensive parts
  • Seen several times on G4/Tech-TV

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Awards:

  • Best Engineered Robot – SRS Robothon 2005

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