Video Friday: Boston Dynamics, Autonomous Drone, and Robot Drum Man

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: Boston Dynamics 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!): International Symposium on Medical Robotics – March 1-3, 2018 – Atlanta, Ga., USA HRI 2018 – March 5-8, 2018 – Chicago, Ill., USA US National Robotics Week – April 7-17, 2018 – United States Xconomy Robo Madness – April 12, 2018 – Bedford, Mass., USA NASA Swarmathon – April 17-19, 2018 – Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA RoboSoft 2018 – April 24-28, 2018 – Livorno, Italy ICARSC 2018 – April 25-27, 2018 – Torres Vedras, Portugal NASA Robotic Mining Competition – May 14-18, 2018 – Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA ICRA 2018 – May 21-25, 2018 – Brisbane, Australia Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos. Awww, a SpotMini using Continue reading Video Friday: Boston Dynamics, Autonomous Drone, and Robot Drum Man

Video Friday: SpaceX’s Double Booster Landing, Drone Taxi, and Robot Haka

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: SpaceX 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!): International Symposium on Medical Robotics – March 1-3, 2018 – Atlanta, Ga., USA HRI 2018 – March 5-8, 2018 – Chicago, Ill., USA NASA Swarmathon – April 17-19, 2018 – Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA RoboSoft 2018 – April 24-28, 2018 – Livorno, Italy ICARSC 2018 – April 25-27, 2018 – Torres Vedras, Portugal NASA Robotic Mining Competition – May 14-18, 2018 – Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA ICRA 2018 – May 21-25, 2018 – Brisbane, Australia Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos. It’s only February, and the most stupefyingly incredible display of autonomous robotics we’ll see all year has almost certainly happened already: The center Continue reading Video Friday: SpaceX’s Double Booster Landing, Drone Taxi, and Robot Haka

You Can’t Touch Harvard’s New Ambulatory MicroRobot

Because it’s HAMR time! Photo: Harvard Microrobotics Lab My, my, my, my we just got hit, so hard  By this robot, from Harvard With sweet, autonomy  In its mind to drive and four hype feet It looks good, and we’ll bring you now A super dope robot from Beantown And it’s known as such: This is a bot, you can’t touch. Stop. It’s HAMR time. Here’s a bit of background on the Harvard Ambulatory MicroRobot, or HAMR (various incarnations of which Harvard has been working on for years), just to get you properly caught up: One of the new and exciting things about HAMR in 2018 is the introduction of HAMR-F, which features onboard power and a first major step towards full autonomy. Previous versions of HAMR (we’ve written about some of them in the past) were mostly tethered and not particularly autonomous, which was okay, because Harvard was focusing Continue reading You Can’t Touch Harvard’s New Ambulatory MicroRobot

Video Friday: Waffle Robots, Laser vs. Drone, and TurtleBot Tutorials

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Fanuc/YouTubeOne of Fanuc’s wafflebots. 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!): International Symposium on Medical Robotics – March 1-3, 2018 – Atlanta, Ga., USA HRI 2018 – March 5-8, 2018 – Chicago, Ill., USA RoboSoft 2018 – April 24-28, 2018 – Livorno, Italy ICARSC 2018 – April 25-27, 2018 – Torres Vedras, Portugal ICRA 2018 – May 21-25, 2018 – Brisbane, Australia Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos. High-speed breakfast-item manipulation is, for some reason, always satisfying to watch: That was pretty good but doesn’t quite stack up  against this old ABB  pancake robot video, which will always be my favorite: [ Fanuc ] The title of this video is “Laser Dune Buggy vs. Continue reading Video Friday: Waffle Robots, Laser vs. Drone, and TurtleBot Tutorials

Video Friday: Crawling Baby Robot, Tethered Drone, and New Intel RealSense

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Purdue University 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-February 2, 2018 – Laguna Hills, Calif., USA International Symposium on Medical Robotics – March 1-3, 2018 – Atlanta, Ga., USA HRI 2018 – March 5-8, 2018 – Chicago, Ill., USA RoboSoft 2018 – April 24-28, 2018 – Livorno, Italy ICARSC 2018 – April 25-27, 2018 – Torres Vedras, Portugal Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos. When babies crawl on the floor, especially in carpeted areas, their movement kicks up lots of dirt and dust, including things like skin cells, bacteria, and fungal spores. Researchers at Purdue University wanted to find out if that could be bad Continue reading Video Friday: Crawling Baby Robot, Tethered Drone, and New Intel RealSense

Designing Customizable Self-Folding Swarm Robots

Researchers at UCSD demonstrate a self-folding robot designed to be customized and deployed in huge swarms Photo: Evan Ackerman/IEEE SpectrumResearchers at UCSD demonstrate a self-folding robot designed to be customized and deployed in huge swarms. Robot swarms generally come in two flavors. You’ve got your homogenous swarms, made up of tens or hundreds or sometimes thousands of identical robots. You’ve also got your heterogenous swarms, made up of a handful (or possibly a few tens) of robots that aren’t all identical, and may in fact be significantly different. Heterogeneity is appealing, because robots are bad multitaskers, and with a heterogenous swarm you can deploy a bunch of specialists instead. Problem is, designing, constructing, and then deploying a bunch of specialists is way harder than when you’re only dealing with one type of generalist robot, which is why we don’t see large heterogeneous swarms. Researchers at the University California, San Diego, Continue reading Designing Customizable Self-Folding Swarm Robots

Video Friday: Honda’s Huggable Robot, New Artificial Muscle, and Boeing Cargo Drone

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: HondaHug me! 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. International Symposium on Medical Robotics – March 1-3, 2018 – Atlanta, Georgia HRI 2018 – March 5-8, 2018 – Chicago, Ill. Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos. CES isn’t really a venue for the launch of flagship robotics products anymore (if it ever was), but we still see some high profile introductions from large companies looking to make a splash. Besides LG, Honda was the other notable, with a couple strange robots (and one kind of familiar looking). Here’s an intro: Now that you’ve seen the Continue reading Video Friday: Honda’s Huggable Robot, New Artificial Muscle, and Boeing Cargo Drone

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

Video Friday: Feisty ANYmal, TechEthics, and Belated Robot Holidays

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!): 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. Since Christmas hasn’t gotten its act together and has poor coordination with Video Friday, there are some last-minute robot Chrismas videos that didn’t make it in last week. The first comes from EPFL’s Reconfigurable Robotics Lab: [ RRL ] Two 6-DOF spacecraft simulators dance to holiday music at Caltech’s Aerospace Robotics and Control Lab. [ CAST ] Sawyer is putting a gift into a bag into a box, just for you: I’m Continue reading Video Friday: Feisty ANYmal, TechEthics, and Belated Robot Holidays

Video Friday: Happy Robot Holidays, AI Folding Laundry, and RoboThespian’s TED Talk

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: PAL Robotics/YouTubeHappy Robot Holidays! 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 two 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. PAL Robotics’ StockBot and I share the same holiday party strategy: Find a corner to stand in, and slowly rotate. [ PAL Robotics ] At the Autonomous Systems Lab, the Robotic Systems Lab, and the Vision for Robotics Lab at ETH Zurich, sometimes robots do everything to fulfill a child’s dream, even if that dream is of some freaky unicorn monster thing. Cyclops robot Santa is the BEST Santa. Continue reading Video Friday: Happy Robot Holidays, AI Folding Laundry, and RoboThespian’s TED Talk