Robot Video Thursday: Nothing Related to Thanksgiving at All

In some parts of the world, today is Thanksgiving. That's why I'm going to Canada: I'm a friend of the turkey, man. That doesn't mean I'm not busy stuffing my face with Canada food, though... Maple syrup-cured moose meat, probably. That's a staple up there, yeah?

Anyhoo, we're kinda taking the day off around here, but to keep you from figuring that out, we're going to toss you a bunch of random robot vids from the last week or two as a distraction. Ready? GO!

Since we're on the topic of birds here, why don't we start with this video of an autonomous Little Bird helicopter making a pinpoint landing on a moving flatbed truck, paving the way for autonomous (or optionally manned) carrier landings.

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Since we're on the topic of flying things here, this is the latest test fight of NASA's new robotic lander prototype:


The first five seconds of this video are by far the funniest, but this pair of robots from the Korean Institute of Science and Technology’s Center for Intelligent Robotics are trying their best to provide some entertainment for the elderly in Finland.

Via [ Plastic Pals ]

We've covered Project Rezero before, but it's been a little while, and this TED Talk by Péter Fankhauser from July of this year about the ball-balancing robot was just posted online:


Speaking of oldies but goodies, those high speed robot hands are back. They're not really doing anything new at all, but that doesn't mean this vid of a hand snatching a spinning cellphone out of midair isn't worth watching:


The Mars rover Spirit ended its epic journey earlier this year after becoming marooned in a sand dune with its solar panels facing away from the sun, preventing it from collecting enough power to run its survival heaters. This video shows the view from Spirit's navigation cameras through all 2,695 days of its 90 day mission.

Yeah, I teared up a little bit at the end there. Happy Thanksgiving, Spirit.

Via [ io9 ]

Cute little robot turkey via Flickr



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