Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your biped Automaton bloggers. We’re also posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):
The Future of Rescue Simulation Workshop – February 29-4, 2016 – Leiden, Netherlands
ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas – March 3-4, 2016 – San Antonio, Texas
HRI 2016 – March 7-10, 2016 – Christchurch, New Zealand
RobArch 2016 – March 14-19, 2016 – Sydney, Australia
RoboCup European Open – March 30-4, 2016 – Eindhoven, Netherlands
WeRobot 2016 – April 1-2, 2016 – Miami, Fla., USA
National Robotics Week – April 2-10, 2016 – United States
AISB HRI Symposium – April 5-6, 2016 – Sheffield, United Kingdom
Robotics in Education 2016 – April 14-15, 2016 – Vienna, Austria
LEO Robotics Congress – April 21, 2016 – Eindhoven, Netherlands
International Collaborative Robots Workshop – May 3-4, 2016 – Boston, Mass., USA
ICARSC 2016 – May 4-6, 2016 – Bragança, Portugal
Robotica 2016 – May 4-8, 2016 – Bragança, Portugal
ARMS 2016 – May 9-13, 2016 – Singapore
ICRA 2016 – May 16-21, 2016 – Stockholm, Sweden
Skolkovo Robotics Conference – May 20, 2016 – Skolkovo, Russia
Innorobo 2016 – May 24-26, 2016 – Paris, France
Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.
This a clever little promotional commercial for IBM’s Watson, with Carrie Fisher and some other people you might recognize:
The best thing about this is that almost all of those robots were physically constructed, not CGI. I love that. And each of them has its own little vignette, which you can see on IBM’s YouTube channel.
[ IBM (YouTube) ]
It’s about 35 kilometers from France to England across the channel, and for the first time, a drone has made the trip. The flight took 72 minutes. Is this the longest (official) non-stop quadrotor flight ever?
[ Ocuair ]
The human-scale version of KAIST’s PIBOT, which we saw practicing simulated take-offs and landings in a real light aircraft cockpit, has learned to use flaps and landing gear:
[ KAIST USRG ]
The Russians have an anti-tank multicopter drone (!).
I don’t think I’ll be driving my tank to Russia anytime soon.
[ RT ]
If that Russian quadrotor didn’t scare you, how about this sinister-looking humanoid robot?
Supposedly, this thing will eventually be headed to the ISS to do work up there. And you know what that means: INTERNATIONAL HUMANOID ROBOT SPACE COMBAT.
Chris Atkeson has been working on robots at CMU for a long, long time. This week, he posted a bunch of old videos, including the Sarcos humanoid doing some juggling and walking on hammers:
There’s also video of LittleDog taking little steps over little rocks:
And, uh, this:
I’m not sure I even want to know. Actually, that’s a lie, I desperately want to know.
[ Chris Atkeson ]
A big round of applause for Simone Giertz’ latest robotic creation, guaranteed to make your life more chaotic:
[ Simone Giertz ]
There’s a lot of strategy behind autonomous mini-sumo robots, and there’s nobody more qualified to discuss it than Gundars Miezitis, a world champion:
I like the idea of having a standardized platform for autonomous sumo robots, so that winning is dependent clever programming rather than just clever design. It sounds like a kit for this robot should be showing up on Kickstarter soon.
[ Sumo Boy ]
I’ve been enjoying watching Thom Gibson’s video series on teaching a middle school robotics class in Austin, Texas:
“Robots are, like, smart and stupid at the same time.” This kid knows what’s up.
[ Thom Gibson ]
The first episode of Drone Racing League isn’t bad, I guess, once you skip past all of the non-racing parts and ignore the commentary:
[ DRL ]
This is a “compilation video of all the spherical tensegrity robots in the BEST Lab, as a demo for Google on Dec. 2nd 2015.”
It’s cool to see how these tensegrity robots will be able to carry a stabilized payload, even if the gimbal is only a mockup at this point.
[ BEST Lab ]
It’s unclear whether Northrop Grumman will get much more government funding for the X-47B, so enjoy videos like these while you can:
[ Northrop Grumman ]
We met ETH Zurich’s ANYmal last week, and here’s some additional video of it walking, trotting, and climbing some stairs:
Here’s the championship match of the ROBO-ONE Light 12th Biped Robot Fight Tournament:
More matches at the link below.
[ Biped Robot News ]
Adam Bry, CEO of Skydio, gave last week’s CMU RI seminar on algorithms and challenges in scaling up autonomous flight:
[ CMU RI ]