Ascento at Maker Faire Rome 2018

Tina, our latest prototype, participated in the 2018 edition of the Maker Faire in Rome. From 12 – 14th October people from all backgrounds had the chance to meet our robot and learn more about our work. Needless to say that kids love Tina!! Thank you for everyone who stopped by. We even got awarded maker of merit Rome 2018! …

Ascento at Wiesbaden 2018

On September 28th team Ascento was kindly invited for a short talk at the annual VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau) meeting in Wiesbaden, Germany. The robot went on stage together with two team members, which presented the project during a talk about startups by Christian Keese, a very renowned german author and journalist. We had a great time and …

Ascento at ETH Industry Day 2018

On the 5th of September 2018 team Ascento was at the ETH Industry Day 2018. The one day event showcased various presentations, interviews and exhibitions with the main objective of providing insights into successfull collaborations between industry and academia. More information about the event can be found here. While Tina was driving and jumping around, we were pleased to talk …

The Ascento Roll-Out-Video!

Last Tuesday we could show everyone what we achieved over the past two semesters. The Roll-Out was both exciting and emotional. Thanks to everyone who showed up at our booth at ETH. We had a great time with you! For everyone else, here are the highlights of the past 9 months compressed to 4 minutes of pure intensity. Please turn up …

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Our final robot!

After Romy… Sara… we’re now assembling our third iteration of our jumping robot. We call her Tina! The parts are still made out of 3D printed PA12, but now dyed in black and red. Now with a new spring-concept for an efficient jump and a complete redesign to achieve higher strength and a more compact form-factor.

Sara is jumping…

… in the simulation! The jump controller framework is now set up. We can tune all our controllers in the simulation, prior to risking any damage to the real system. And it seems quite promising…:

Sara is alive!

Countless hours were spent on designing and tuning the drive controller to achieve robust system behaviour. This robustness is needed for stable landing on a narrow step after a jump. Having a stable robot will make the jumping process much easier.  (Sara is the name of our second prototype). There’s more to come soon!

See you next year!

The control team made a dynamic model of our system to be able to predict the system’s dynamics while driving and will next implement the full dynamic model needed for jumping. The control algorithms for stabilising, driving and curve leaning have also been made and tested in our simulation and as well as partially tested on our prototype. Finally, we …

Second Prototype

Half time is over and our team has advanced with great strides towards jumping stairs. Although both feet are still on the ground, expect big jumps in the next couple of months. From a construction side of view we have just finished assembling our second completely re-thought prototype using state of the art computer optimisation programs to reduce the weight …

Wohoo it’s driving

Finally: we have assembled our first prototype and implemented a first iteration of control algorithms: It is now able to balance and drive around! Check out this video for a short demo: Yet we are still waiting for various electrical components and motors, until we can reach our goal and jump up stairs. This is why in the meantime we …