Video Friday: Harvard’s Peacock Spider Robot, 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!): ISR 2018 – August 24-27, 2018 – Shenyang, China BioRob 2018 – August 26-29, 2018 – University of Twente, Netherlands RO-MAN 2018 – August 27-30, 2018 – Nanjing, China ELROB 2018 – September 24-28, 2018 – Mons, Belgium ARSO 2018 – September 27-29, 2018 – Genoa, Italy ROSCon 2018 – September 29-30, 2018 – Madrid, Spain IROS 2018 – October 1-5, 2018 – Madrid, Spain Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

Video Friday: Professor Ishiguro’s New Robot Child, 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!): ICMA 2018 – August 5-8, 2018 – Changchun, China SSRR 2018 – August 6-8, 2018 – Philadelphia, Pa., USA ISR 2018 – August 24-27, 2018 – Shenyang, China BioRob 2018 – August 26-29, 2018 – University of Twente, Netherlands RO-MAN 2018 – August 27-30, 2018 – Nanjing, China ELROB 2018 – September 24-28, 2018 – Mons, Belgium ARSO 2018 – September 27-29, 2018 – Genoa, Italy ROSCon 2018 – September 29-30, 2018 – Madrid, Spain IROS 2018 – October 1-5, 2018 – Madrid, Spain Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

Video Friday: Soft Robot Impedance Control, Autonomous Rescue Drone, and RoboSimian Skating

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!): ICMA 2018 – August 5-8, 2018 – Changchun, China SSRR 2018 – August 6-8, 2018 – Philadelphia, Pa., USA ISR 2018 – August 24-27, 2018 – Shenyang, China BioRob 2018 – August 26-29, 2018 – University of Twente, Netherlands RO-MAN 2018 – August 27-30, 2018 – Nanjing, China ELROB 2018 – September 24-28, 2018 – Mons, Belgium ARSO 2018 – September 27-29, 2018 – Genoa, Italy ROSCon 2018 – September 29-30, 2018 – Madrid, Spain IROS 2018 – October 1-5, 2018 – Madrid, Spain Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

Video Friday: Japanese Androids, Rolls-Royce Microrobots, and Robotic Racecar

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!): ICMA 2018 – August 5-8, 2018 – Changchun, China SSRR 2018 – August 6-8, 2018 – Philadelphia, Pa., USA ISR 2018 – August 24-27, 2018 – Shenyang, China BioRob 2018 – August 26-29, 2018 – University of Twente, Netherlands RO-MAN 2018 – August 27-30, 2018 – Nanjing, China ELROB 2018 – September 24-28, 2018 – Mons, Belgium ARSO 2018 – September 27-29, 2018 – Genoa, Italy ROSCon 2018 – September 29-30, 2018 – Madrid, Spain IROS 2018 – October 1-5, 2018 – Madrid, Spain Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

DARPA Wants Your Insect-Scale Robots for a Micro-Olympics

SHRIMP is a new DARPA program to develop insect-scale robots for disaster recovery and high-risk environments The DARPA Robotics Challenge was a showcase for how very large, very expensive robots could potentially be useful in disaster recovery and high-risk environments. Humanoids are particularly capable in some very specific situations, but the rest of the time, they’re probably overkill, and using smaller, cheaper, more specialized robots is much more efficient. This is especially true when you’re concerned with data collection as opposed to manipulation—for the “search” part of “search and rescue,” for example, you’re better off with lots of very small robots covering as much ground as possible. Yesterday, DARPA announced a new program called SHRIMP: SHort-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms. The goal is “to develop and demonstrate multi-functional micro-to-milli robotic platforms for use in natural and critical disaster scenarios.” To enable robots that are both tiny and useful, SHRIMP will support Continue reading DARPA Wants Your Insect-Scale Robots for a Micro-Olympics

Video Friday: World Cup Fever, Tricopters of Doom, and Generation Robot

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!): ICARM 2018 – July 18-20, 2018 – Singapore ICMA 2018 – August 5-8, 2018 – Changchun, China SSRR 2018 – August 6-8, 2018 – Philadelphia, Pa., USA ISR 2018 – August 24-27, 2018 – Shenyang, China BioRob 2018 – August 26-29, 2018 – University of Twente, Netherlands RO-MAN 2018 – August 27-30, 2018 – Nanjing, China ELROB 2018 – September 24-28, 2018 – Mons, Belgium ARSO 2018 – September 27-29, 2018 – Genoa, Italy IROS 2018 – October 1-5, 2018 – Madrid, Spain Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs

The latest version of this skittery little sprawling robot can climb walls and crawl like a turtle We’re always impressed by the way David Zarrouk (a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev by way of UC Berkeley’s Biomimetic Millisystems Lab) manages to extract a ton of functionality from the absolute minimum of hardware in his robots. In the past, we’ve seen clever designs like a steerable robot that only uses a single motor, and a multi-jointed robot arm that uses a traveling motor to actuate all of its degrees of freedom. At the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Brisbane, Zarrouk presented an update to STAR, the Sprawl-Tuned Autonomous Robot that we first wrote about in 2013. Called Rising STAR, or RSTAR, it takes the sprawling wheel-leg mobility and adds another degree of freedom that allows the body of the robot to move separately from the legs, changing Continue reading Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs

Video Friday: Roboy, AI Ethics, and Big Clapper

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!): AIM 2018 – July 9-12, 2018 – Auckland, New Zealand ICARM 2018 – July 18-20, 2018 – Singapore ICMA 2018 – August 5-8, 2018 – Changchun, China SSRR 2018 – August 6-8, 2018 – Philadelphia, Pa., USA ISR 2018 – August 24-27, 2018 – Shenyang, China BioRob 2018 – August 26-29, 2018 – University of Twente, Netherlands RO-MAN 2018 – August 27-30, 2018 – Nanjing, China ELROB 2018 – September 24-28, 2018 – Mons, Belgium ARSO 2018 – September 27-29, 2018 – Genoa, Italy IROS 2018 – October 1-5, 2018 – Madrid, Spain Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators

Popcorn is a cheap, biodegradable way to actuate a robot (once) It’s not that often I can steal the title of a paper and use it for a blog article that people will actually read, but I think “Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators” totally works, so credit for that to Steven Ceron at Cornell University, who’s the first author on this paper, presented at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in May. Let’s see what else I can steal from it: Popcorn kernels are a natural, edible, and inexpensive material that has the potential to rapidly expand with high force upon application of heat. Although this transition is irreversible, it carries potential for several robotic applications. As kernels can change from regular to (larger) irregular shapes, we examine the change in inter-granular friction and propose their use as granular fluids in jamming actuators, without the need for a vacuum pump. Furthermore, as Continue reading Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators

Video Friday: Kuri Drop Test, Tensegrity Robots, and More RoboCup

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!): MARSS 2018 – July 4-8, 2018 – Nagoya, Japan AIM 2018 – July 9-12, 2018 – Auckland, New Zealand ICARM 2018 – July 18-20, 2018 – Singapore ICMA 2018 – August 5-8, 2018 – Changchun, China SSRR 2018 – August 6-8, 2018 – Philadelphia, Pa., USA ISR 2018 – August 24-27, 2018 – Shenyang, China BioRob 2018 – August 26-29, 2018 – University of Twente, Netherlands RO-MAN 2018 – August 27-30, 2018 – Nanjing, China ELROB 2018 – September 24-28, 2018 – Mons, Belgium ARSO 2018 – September 27-29, 2018 – Genoa, Italy Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.