After some extensive discussion with the Remotive community, I've decided to create a personal website to regroup my content over the internet. My main goal here is to share what I'm doing around robotics and remote work with the community.
Getting started with robotics is probably a lot easier than you think. Here’s a simulation sandbox that’s cross-platform and provides a simple high-level API. It should help you get started experimenting with robot grasping tasks.
As the Chief Technical Architect at the Shadow Robot Company, I spend a lot of time playing with different algorithms to see how they’d fit our robots. Controlling a complex robot to make it behave the way you’d want in a complex environment is… complex!
After 5 years of being a remoty in different positions for the Shadow Robot Company — from Head of Software to Chief Technical Architect — I’ve spent some time and effort perfecting my routine to achieve great productivity and focus while at work, and maintain an amazing work-life balance at the same time. But sometimes that beautifully crafted routine goes south…
A robot Hand without a robot Arm is most of the time useless. At Shadow we have a long history of interfacing different robot arms with our software and hardware. In the different projects we’ve run over the years, we’ve written software for arms from Universal Robot, Denso, Kuka, Staubli… We’ve also developed a few intriguing arms internally, from an arm actuated by air muscles to a lightweight arm that picks-up strawberries.
On this journey, we’ve learned a few things. Let me share a few tips on what it takes to write a good interface for a robot arm quickly.
At Shadow, we’re focusing on making complex robots intuitive to use. For that, we need very good path planning. There are plenty of amazing solutions out there, but we were recently faced with a project where those state of the art solutions just weren’t good enough for us. We needed a super fast planner that generated trajectories that “looked good”.