LILRO | This was the first experiment and part of the pre-commisioning of the new SCI-Arc Robotics and Simulation Lab constructed in the Spring.
Initiated by Brandon Kruysman, Jonathan Proto and Curime Batliner, the three got with the support of Peter Testa and Ming Fung the permission to install a Beta Lab, which in the legacy of Californian garage start ups took place in a little storage room and allowed to run first robotic procedures and to prepare for the coming SRSL.
Using the Staubli TX-40 (also known as 'lil ro'), the experiment was to investigate the unique spherical work envelope of this particular robot, as well as begin to understand the limitations and advantages of existing control models for Staubli industrial robotics. Using the VAL3 programming language, we experimented with motion control sequences that explored the robot's worksphere, where Lil Ro performed knitting operations from within.
Using techniques from the Entertainment Industry, match moving green screening, etc, this experiment also initiated the movement to establishing the SRSL Lab as a platform for exchange of ideas, where procedures and experiments get enhanced with digital content, making SRSL more than just a hightech shop and to embrace the digital as part of our reality.
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