Digital Festival and Hack Zurich

This week, Ascento is going to the 5th Digital Festival Zurich and the Hack Zurich, Europe’s biggest Hackathon! On Thursday 17.09 (14:00-15:30 / 16:00-17:30), we’re hosting a lab at the Digital Festival where visitors can come and assemble a miniature version of the Ascento robot. 👉 https://digitalfestival.ch/en/labs On Friday 18.09 (17:00-19:00), Ascento will pitch its project during the opening ceremony …

Ascento on YouTube

We are absolutely amazed by the sudden success of our video “This is Ascento 2” on YouTube. It took 5 months to reach the first 100’000 views and suddenly 3 days later it reached 200’000 and another 3 days later 300’000 views! Thank you all very much for your interest, your feedback and your support – This is what keeps …

Ascento Leg Topology

Fancy geometry right? You have probably already noticed that the legs of Ascento have an organic and exotic looking design, especially in our previous prototype. This is not because our engineers decided to go full creative and free shape the parts, this is the result of topology optimization. By specifying where our loads and supports are located the topology optimization …

Ascento Leg Geometry

Ascento has two legs which can be controlled independently by two motors installed in the hips. The geometry of its legs is a 4-bar linkage, optimized such that it moves in a straight line using only one motor. This enables Ascento not only to lean into curves and change its center of gravity, but also to do straight jumps. Torsional …

Ascento’s Eyes

The same way humans have eyes 👀, Ascento has on-board cameras 📷 (marked in red) to perceive its environment. Two global shutter cameras are used for localisation. A depth sensor is used to create a 3D reconstruction of our environment and parametrise objects. For example, when the robot is standing in front of a step it wishes to overcome, it …

We are working on it…

We have been working on our last prototype, Tina, for more than two years. Now it is time to build a new improved version with even better hardware and software!! Stay tuned for new updates.

Ascento and MathWorks

MathWorks recently shared an article about the Ascento robot and the team behind it, recalling the exhausting work needed to go from an idea to a fully working system. Have a look at it here https://ch.mathworks.com/company/mathworks-stories/eth-zurich-students-design-and-build-jumping-robot.html Instead of trying out the newly developed control algorithms directly on the real system, we tested everything in a simulation environment. We used MATLAB …

Ascento 2nd Paper

Finally our second paper submission “LQR-Assisted Whole-Body Control of a Wheeled Bipedal Robot With Kinematic Loops” was accepted and published at ICRA 2020. Unfortunately the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 situation but we hope to meet great minds and robots at the next event. Please support us and stay tuned for more updates. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ascento_ethz/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ascento_ethzFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ascentoethz/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUeT3EQDB1eBzCV0X_Milw