Video Friday: LASSIE On the Moon

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By Calvin S. Nelson

Video Friday is your weekly number of superior robotics movies, collected by your mates at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We additionally publish a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics occasions for the subsequent few months. Please ship us your occasions for inclusion.

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USC, UPenn, Texas A&M, Oregon State, Georgia Tech, Temple College, and NASA Johnson House Heart are instructing dog-like robots to navigate craters of the moon and different difficult planetary surfaces in analysis funded by NASA.

[ USC ]

AMBIDEX is a revolutionary robotic that’s quick, light-weight, and able to human-like manipulation. Now we have added a sensor head and the torso and the waist to enormously increase the vary of motion. In comparison with the earlier arm-centered model, the general impression and steadiness has utterly modified.

[ Naver Labs ]

It nonetheless wants lots of work, however the six-armed pollinator, Stickbug, can autonomously navigate and pollinate flowers in a greenhouse now.

I believe “wants lots of work” actually means “wants a pair extra arms.”

[ Paper ]

Expertise the way forward for robotics as UBTECH’s humanoid robotic integrates with Baidu’s ERNIE by AppBuilder! Witness robots [that] perceive language and autonomously carry out duties like folding garments and object sorting.


I do know the fins on this robotic are for strolling underwater moderately than on land, however watching it transfer, I really feel prefer it’s destined to evolve into one thing a little bit extra terrestrial.

[ Paper ] by way of [ HERO Lab ]

Additionally, if you’re a robotic vacuum proprietor, please, please keep in mind to wash the poor factor out once in a while. Right here’s how one can do it with a Roomba:

[ iRobot ]

The video demonstrates the wave-basin testing of a 43 kg (95 lb) amphibious cycloidal propeller unmanned underwater car (Cyclo-UUV) developed on the Superior Vertical Flight Laboratory, Texas A&M College. The usage of cyclo-propellers permits for 360 diploma thrust vectoring for extra sturdy dynamic controllability in comparison with UUVs with typical screw propellers.

[ AVFL ]

Sony continues to be upgrading Aibo with new options, like the flexibility to hearken to your horrible music and dance alongside.

[ Aibo ]

Working robots exactly and at excessive speeds has been a long-standing aim of robotics analysis. To allow exact and secure dynamic motions, we introduce a 4 degree-of-freedom (DoF) tendon-driven robotic arm. Tendons permit inserting the actuation on the base to scale back the robotic’s inertia, which we present considerably reduces peak collision forces in comparison with typical motor-driven techniques. Pairing our robotic with pneumatic muscle tissues permits producing excessive forces and extremely accelerated motions, whereas benefiting from influence resilience by passive compliance.

[ Max Planck Institute ]

Rovers on Mars have beforehand been caught in unfastened soils, and turning the wheels dug them deeper, similar to a automobile caught in sand. To keep away from this, Rosalind Franklin has a novel wheel-walking locomotion mode to beat tough terrain, in addition to autonomous navigation software program.

[ ESA ]

Cassie is ready to stroll on sand, gravel, and rocks contained in the Robotic Playground on the College of Michigan.

Aww, they stopped earlier than they bought to the enjoyable rocks.

[ Paper ] by way of [ Michigan Robotics ]

Not dangerous for 2016, proper?

[ Namiki Lab ]

MOMO has realized the Bam Yang Gang dance strikes with its hand dexterity. 🙂 By analyzing 2D dance movies, we extract detailed hand skeleton knowledge, permitting us to recreate the strikes in 3D utilizing a hand mannequin. With this data, MOMO replicates the dance motions with its arm and hand joints.

[ RILAB ] by way of [ KIMLAB ]

This UPenn GRASP SFI Seminar is from Eric Jang at 1X Applied sciences, on “Information Engines for Humanoid Robots.”

1X’s mission is to create an ample provide of bodily labor by androids that work alongside people. I’ll share a few of the progress 1X has been making in the direction of general-purpose cellular manipulation. Now we have scaled up the variety of duties our androids can do by combining an end-to-end studying technique with a no-code system so as to add new robotic capabilities. Our Android Operations workforce trains their very own fashions on the information they collect themselves, producing an especially high-quality “farm-to-table” dataset that can be utilized to be taught extraordinarily succesful behaviors. I’ll additionally share an early preview of the progress we’ve been making in the direction of a generalist “World Mannequin” for humanoid robots.

[ UPenn ]

This Microsoft Future Leaders in Robotics and AI Seminar is from Chahat Deep Singh on the College of Maryland, on “Minimal Notion: Enabling Autonomy in Palm-Sized Robots.”

The answer to robotic autonomy lies on the intersection of AI, laptop imaginative and prescient, computational imaging, and robotics—leading to minimal robots. This speak explores the problem of growing a minimal notion framework for tiny robots (lower than 6 inches) utilized in area operations resembling area inspections in confined areas and robotic pollination. Moreover, we are going to delve into the realm of selective notion, embodied AI, and the way forward for robotic autonomy within the palm of your arms.

[ UMD ]

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