Video Friday: Drone Fireworks, Cozmo Rap, and Justin Timberlake

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: YouTube Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): IEEE IRC 2018 – January 31-2, 2018 – Laguna Hills, Calif. HRI 2018 – March 5-8, 2018 – Chicago, Ill. Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos. You won’t want to miss the 2028 Pan-Asian Deep Learning Conference in Kuala Lumpur: Call me a hater if you want, but at least for now, pretty sure that’s fake. What’s funny, though, is that those first five demos are straight out of the standardized humanoid robot demo handbook (which doesn’t exist). But seriously: Between ATLAS and ASIMO, walking down stairs, resisting a lateral shove, moving a box, opening a water Continue reading Video Friday: Drone Fireworks, Cozmo Rap, and Justin Timberlake

Your Next T-Shirt Will Be Made by a Robot

Georgia Tech spin-off SoftWear Automation is developing ultrafast sewing robots that could upend the clothing industry Illustration: MCKIBILLO Illustration: MCKIBILLO Sometime later this year, dozens of robots will spring into action at a new factory in Little Rock, Ark. The plant will not make cars or electronics, nor anything else that robots are already producing these days. Instead it will make T-shirts—lots of T-shirts. When fully operational, these sewing robots will churn them out at a dizzying rate of one every 22 seconds. For decades, the automation of the sewing of garments has vexed roboticists. Conventional robots excel at manipulating rigid objects but are rather inept at handling soft, flexible materials like fabric. Early attempts to automate sewing included treating pieces of cloth with starch to temporarily make them stiff, allowing a robot to manipulate them as if they were steel sheets. This and other approaches, however, never became commercially Continue reading Your Next T-Shirt Will Be Made by a Robot