Video Friday: Shadow Hand, Table Tennis Death Match, and Happy Valentine's Day

Today is Valentine's Day in many countries around the world. For Valentine's Day, we're posting robot videos, because we love robots. And we know you love robots too, at least a little bit, or you wouldn't be here, right? RIGHT!

Also, you should all watch WALL-E again, because it's one of the greatest robot love stories ever told. Consider it the final required video for your Video Friday.

To decide the fate of humanity (or, you know, whatever), professional table tennis champion Timo Boll will take on a Kuka KR Agilus robot arm next month:

[ Kuka ]

 


 

That ridiculously impressive MorpHex robot is getting some upgrades, and Zenta has a teaser for us:

[ Zenta ]

 


 

Controlling robot with your brain is something that is becoming mainstream enough that we're actually getting close to putting it into practice. At this point, it's so easy that an undergrad can do it:

[ University of Minnesota ]

 


 

Robotiq's beautiful underactuated gripper (which saw a great deal of use in the DRC Trials last December) has been upgraded with tactile sensors:

[ Robotiq ]

 


 

As far as robotics companies go, Yaskawa Motoman is kind of a big one. This (admittedly corporate) video gives you a sense of what they're up to:

[ Yaskawa Motoman ]

 


 

This seems like some sort of cruel and unusual punishment for robots, but it's impressive enough that I'm willing to watch it suffer:

[ DrGuero ]

 


 

Mercedes has a new (as of last year) autonomous driving system called S 500 Intelligent Drive. Here's a video from FZI showing what the system sees and how it makes decisions in a mind-bending amount of very colorful detail:

[ Mercedes Benz ]

 


 

How much do robots and Olympians have in common? More than you might think:

[ NSF ]

 


 

So they remade RoboCop. That's cool. What's cooler is an actual RoboCop:

[ FIU ]

 


 

Did you know that there's an online training curriculum for ROS Industrial?

NOW YOU KNOW!

[ ROS Industrial ]

 


 

I'm not entirely sure what it is about this Shadow Hand video that creeps me out, but I think its movements are simultaneously close enough to and far enough from being human that it hits some kind of Uncanny Valley chord:

[ Shadow Robot Company ]

 


 

This Fanuc three-axis delta robot can pick and place batteries so fast that it makes my teeth hurt:

[ Fanuc ]

 


 

RoboCup 2014 is in Brazil this year, in late July. We're starting to see some qualification videos show up on YouTube for the @Home competition:

[ UNAM ]

I think ToBI deserves extra points for not crushing that human into a festive red smear against the wall of the elevator.

[ ToBI ]

[ Eindhoven ]

 


 

RoboCup also features robot soccer. Competition is getting serious, and remember, this is completely autonomous:

[ Eindhoven ]

 


 

More from BattleBots season 5, because it's not like watching robots obliterate each other ever gets old.

Ever.

[ BattleBots ]

Advertisement

Automaton

IEEE Spectrum's award-winning robotics blog, featuring news, articles, and videos on robots, humanoids, automation, artificial intelligence, and more.
Contact us:  e.guizzo@ieee.org

Editor
Erico Guizzo
New York, N.Y.
Senior Writer
Evan Ackerman
Berkeley, Calif.
 
Contributor
Jason Falconer
Canada
Contributor
Angelica Lim
Tokyo, Japan
 

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up for the Automaton newsletter and get biweekly updates about robotics, automation, and AI, all delivered directly to your inbox.

Advertisement