Video Friday: Watch This Monstrous Robot Tank Bulldoze Its Way Through Obstacles

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!): Nîmes Robotics Festival – May 17-19, 2019 – Nîmes, France Isolierband Robotics Competition – May 19, 2019 – Israel ICRA 2019 – May 20-24, 2019 – Montreal, Canada URC 2019 – May 30-1, 2019 – Hanksville, Utah Dynamic Walking 2019 – June 3-6, 2019 – Canmore, Alberta, Canada 2nd Annual Robotics Summit & Expo – June 4-6, 2019 – Boston, Mass., USA ICUAS 2019 – June 11-14, 2019 – Atlanta, Ga., USA Energy Drone Coalition Summit – June 12-13, 2019 – Woodlands, Texas, USA Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics – June 23-26, 2019 – London, U.K. ETH Robotics Summer School – June 27-1, 2019 – Zurich, Switzerland MARSS 2019 – July 1-5, 2019 – Helsinki, Finland Let us know if you have suggestions for Continue reading Video Friday: Watch This Monstrous Robot Tank Bulldoze Its Way Through Obstacles

Video Friday: This Drone Is a Flying Tray for Your Smart Home

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!): Nîmes Robotics Festival – May 17-19, 2019 – Nîmes, France Isolierband Robotics Competition – May 19, 2019 – Israel ICRA 2019 – May 20-24, 2019 – Montreal, Canada URC 2019 – May 30-1, 2019 – Hanksville, Utah, USA 2nd Annual Robotics Summit & Expo – June 4-6, 2019 – Boston, Mass., USA ICUAS 2019 – June 11-14, 2019 – Atlanta, Ga., USA Energy Drone Coalition Summit – June 12-13, 2019 – Woodlands, Texas, USA Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics – June 23-26, 2019 – London, U.K. ETH Robotics Summer School – June 27-1, 2019 – Zurich, Switzerland MARSS 2019 – July 1-5, 2019 – Helsinki, Finland Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

Video Friday: Watch This ‘RoboCop’ Make a Traffic Stop

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!): Nîmes Robotics Festival – May 17-19, 2019 – Nîmes, France Isolierband Robotics Competition – May 19, 2019 – Israel ICRA 2019 – May 20-24, 2019 – Montreal, Canada URC 2019 – May 30-1, 2019 – Hanksville, Utah, USA 2nd Annual Robotics Summit & Expo – June 4-6, 2019 – Boston, Mass., USA ICUAS 2019 – June 11-14, 2019 – Atlanta, GA, USA Energy Drone Coalition Summit – June 12-13, 2019 – Woodlands, Texas, USA Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics – June 23-26, 2019 – London, U.K. ETH Robotics Summer School – June 27-1, 2019 – Zurich, Switzerland MARSS 2019 – July 1-5, 2019 – Helsinki, Finland Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

Video Friday: Massive Solar-Powered Drone, 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!): Nîmes Robotics Festival – May 17-19, 2019 – Nîmes, France Isolierband Robotics Competition – May 19, 2019 – Israel ICRA 2019 – May 20-24, 2019 – Montreal, Canada URC 2019 – May 30-1, 2019 – Hanksville, Utah 2nd Annual Robotics Summit & Expo – June 4-6, 2019 – Boston, Mass., USA ICUAS 2019 – June 11-14, 2019 – Atlanta, GA, USA Energy Drone Coalition Summit – June 12-13, 2019 – Woodlands, Texas, USA Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics – June 23-26, 2019 – London, UK Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

Video Friday: Boston Dynamics’ Spot Robots Pull a Truck, 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!): Nîmes Robotics Festival – May 17-19, 2019 – Nîmes, France Isolierband Robotics Competition – May 19, 2019 – Israel ICRA 2019 – May 20-24, 2019 – Montreal, Canada 2nd Annual Robotics Summit & Expo – June 4-6, 2019 – Boston, Mass., USA ICUAS 2019 – June 11-14, 2019 – Atlanta, Ga., USA Energy Drone Coalition Summit – June 12-13, 2019 – Woodlands, Texas, USA Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics – June 23-26, 2019 – London, U.K. ETH Robotics Summer School – June 27-1, 2019 – Zurich, Switzerland Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

The Buddy System: Human-Computer Teams

The highest accuracy in face recognition comes through the partnering of a human expert with face recognition software Is that him? Is she the one? A prized attribute among law enforcement specialists, the expert ability to visually identify human faces can inform forensic investigations and help maintain safe border crossings, airports, and public spaces around the world. The field of forensic facial recognition depends on highly refined traits such as visual acuity, cognitive discrimination, memory recall, and elimination of bias. Humans, as well as computers running machine learning (ML) algorithms, possess these abilities. And it is the combination of the two—a human facial recognition expert teamed with a computer running ML analyses of facial image data—that provides the most accurate facial identification, according to a recent 2018 study in which Rama Chellappa, Distinguished University Professor and Minta Martin Professor of Engineering, and his team collaborated with researchers at the National Continue reading The Buddy System: Human-Computer Teams

Inflatable Robots Are Destined for Space, If We Can Control Them

With funding from NASA, researchers are exploring how to control inflatable robots for future space missions We don’t see a lot of inflatable robots, which is really too bad, because they’re weirdly excellent at being exactly the sort of robot that everybody seems to want: They’re cheap, being made of mostly fabric and rubber, and they’re very easy to fix. Relative to most other robots, they’re extraordinarily lightweight, and they pack down to a small fraction of their size once deflated. Despite their squishiness, they can be strong and unexpectedly fast, since they’re essentially hydraulic in nature. And perhaps most important, in most cases they’re passively safe, since they don’t have much in the way of rigid components or the inertia that comes with them. The downside of inflatable robots is that in general they’re not very good at precise, repeatable control, precisely because they’re so floppy. It’s hard to keep Continue reading Inflatable Robots Are Destined for Space, If We Can Control Them

Video Friday: Soft Robots, 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!): RoboSoft 2019 – April 14-18, 2019 – Seoul, 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 ICUAS 2019 – June 11-14, 2019 – Atlanta, Ga., USA Energy Drone Coalition Summit – June 12-13, 2019 – Woodlands, Texas, USA Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics – June 23-26, 2019 – London, U.K. ETH Robotics Summer School – June 27-1, 2019 – Zurich, Switzerland Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

Video Friday: Toyota’s Basketball 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!): U.S. National Robotics Week – April 6-14, 2019 – USA We Robot 2019 – April 11-13, 2019 – Miami, Fla., USA RoboSoft 2019 – April 14-18, 2019 – Seoul, 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.

DARPA Subterranean Challenge: Meet the First 9 Teams

Nine robotics teams are participating in an integration exercise for DARPA’s Subterranean Challenge this weekend As part of the very first event in the DARPA Subterranean Challenge (SubT), the organizers have invited nine teams (and their robots) to Edgar Experimental Mine in Idaho Springs, Colo., for a sort of test run called the SubT Integration Exercise, or STIX. These nine teams have already demonstrated their systems to DARPA, showing that they can navigate autonomously over rough terrain, locate objects, and respond to an e-stop command if they go berserk. For the teams, this will be an opportunity to test out their robots in an actual tunnel system, and at the same time DARPA itself will be able to make sure all of their testing infrastructure and whatnot works, well in advance of the Tunnel Circuit Challenge itself, which will take place in August. Our detailed post on SubT and interview with DARPA program Continue reading DARPA Subterranean Challenge: Meet the First 9 Teams