Video Friday: This Robotic Basketball Hoop Won’t Let You Miss

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!): ICRA 2020—1 June 2020—[Virtual Conference] RSS 2020—12–16 July 2020—[Virtual Conference] CLAWAR 2020—24–26 August 2020—Moscow ICUAS 2020—1–4 September 2020—Athens ICRES 2020—28–29 September 2020—Taipei, Taiwan ICSR 2020—14–16 November 2020—Golden, Colo. Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

A soft touch for robotic hardware

Robots can be made from soft materials, but the flexibility of such robots is limited by the inclusion of rigid sensors necessary for their control. Researchers created embedded sensors, to replace rigid sensors, that offer the same functionality but afford the robot greater flexibility. Soft robots can be more adaptable and resilient than more traditional rigid designs. The team used cutting-edge machine learning techniques to create their design. More details