Robots! Videos! Friday! This week's video theme is "a week without a video theme." Trust me, don't try to overthink it and just go watch a bunch of robot vids, guaranteed to be 95% theme-free.
First off, how about some robot news updates? From MARS!
[ Curiosity ]
Russ Tedrake runs barefoot through the streets of Boston. And, he builds robots. Which thing is more awesome? You decide:
[ CSAIL ]
Yes, the PhantomX hexapod costs $2,000. But it's creepily fast and agile, so that automatically makes it worthwhile.
Via [ Robots-Dreams ]
With the power of a generous helping of Sugru, this robot can fix anything:
Via [ Trossen ]
Bot & Dolly released this short promo showing one of their camera robots flexing its motors with what looks like a Red Epic camera:
Who uses this sort of thing? Why, Keanu Reeves, of course:
[ Bot & Dolly ]
Moving lots of solar panels around by hand to track the sun is a boring job. Setting all of those solar panels up with motors instead is expensive. A cute little robot running on a track can solve both of these problems, plus a lot more that you surely never knew you had. You know, problems like a lack of cute little robots running on tracks in your life.
Faster, better, cheaper. It's what robots are all about. And they should all come with little houses, too.
Lastly today, Northrop Grumman has posted one or two or like thirty new videos on their YouTube channel, and here are a bunch of robot ones, featuring appearances from the X-47B, the LEMV, and the Euro Hawk. Nothing new, really, but I still get a kick from watching these things fly around all by themselves.
The LEMV was piloted for this test flight, but it's optionally-manned.
[ Northrop Grumman ]