Video Friday: Festo’s Bionic Soft Arm, and More

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos 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!): HRI 2019 – March 11-14, 2019 – Daegu, Korea RoboSoft 2019 – April 14-18, 2019 – Daegu, Korea NIST ARIAC Challenge – April 15-19, 2019 – Online Nîmes Robotics Festival – May 17-19, 2019 – Nîmes, France ICRA 2019 – May 20-24, 2019 – Montreal, Canada 2nd Annual Robotics Summit & Expo – June 4-6, 2019 – Boston, Mass., USA Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

Flipping or Turning? This Massive Database of Video Clips Will Help AIs Understand the Difference

Researchers can use the “Moments in Time” project to train AI systems to recognize and understand actions and events in videos Imagine if we had to explain all of the actions that take place on Earth to aliens. We could provide them with non-fiction books or BBC documentaries. We could try to explain verbally what twerking is. But, really, nothing conveys an action better than a three second video clip. Falling Asleep via GIPHY Thanks to researchers at MIT and IBM, we now have a clearly labelled dataset of more than one million such clips. The dataset, called Moments in Time, captures hundreds of common actions that occur on Earth, from the beautiful moment of a flower opening to the embarrassing instance of a person tripping and eating dirt.   Tripping via GIPHY (We’ve all been there.) Moments in Time, however, wasn’t created to provide a bank of GIFs, but to lay Continue reading Flipping or Turning? This Massive Database of Video Clips Will Help AIs Understand the Difference