Video: Throwable Robot, Roomba-Riding Humanoid, and More from ICRA 2012

Don't miss our video montage featuring the coolest robots of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation


DARPA Arm Robot at ICRA 2012

If you couldn't make it to ICRA this year, don't worry: We'll bring ICRA to you. The 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation attracted more than 1,700 people to the River Centre convention center in St. Paul, Minn., last week. We've been keeping you informed about the coolest (and the weirdest) projects presented at the conference, and we still have many more stories to come. But today we want to take you to ICRA's show floor, where over two dozen exhibitors demoed their robotic creations. Check out our video montage after the break. 

The robots at the exhibit hall included the DARPA ARM (the robot pictured above), NASA's Robonaut2, Willow Garage's PR2, Intuitive Surgical's Da Vinci, and the Scout, from ReconRobotics, which is based in Edina, Minn., and brought a makeshift Afghanistan village to the show floor. Though we've seen all of these bots before, we've learned some new things about each of them. Watch:

Photo: Evan Ackerman. Video: Erico Guizzo & Evan Ackerman/IEEE Spectrum; special thanks to Bruno Palazzo for the soundtrack.

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