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Holiday Season Robot Videos

Nice collection of Holiday Season Robot videos

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My colleagues over at the Robots Podcast (full disclosure: I'm part of the team) have started a collection of Christmas Robots videos on their YouTube channel for the upcoming festive season:

To get into the holiday mood, what better than watching some crazy robot videos! Make a holiday video featuring any robot, real or not, and put it on YouTube. Send us a link and we'll feature it on our dedicated playlist and on our website!

For now two videos are up, but keep your eyes open: I know of at least a couple of other submissions in preparation!

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Update 1: Two more Holiday Season robot videos have been added to the Robots Podcast Holiday Season YouTube channel:

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Update 2: Three more videos featuring NAO, a robot band and the HRP-2 have been added - view them here!

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The Bionic-Hand Arms Race

The prosthetics industry is too focused on high-tech limbs that are complicated, costly, and often impractical

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A photograph of a young woman with brown eyes and neck length hair dyed rose gold sits at a white table. In one hand she holds a carbon fiber robotic arm and hand. Her other arm ends near her elbow. Her short sleeve shirt has a pattern on it of illustrated hands.

The author, Britt Young, holding her Ottobock bebionic bionic arm.

Gabriela Hasbun. Makeup: Maria Nguyen for MAC cosmetics; Hair: Joan Laqui for Living Proof
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In Jules Verne’s 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, members of the fictitious Baltimore Gun Club, all disabled Civil War veterans, restlessly search for a new enemy to conquer. They had spent the war innovating new, deadlier weaponry. By the war’s end, with “not quite one arm between four persons, and exactly two legs between six,” these self-taught amputee-weaponsmiths decide to repurpose their skills toward a new projectile: a rocket ship.

The story of the Baltimore Gun Club propelling themselves to the moon is about the extraordinary masculine power of the veteran, who doesn’t simply “overcome” his disability; he derives power and ambition from it. Their “crutches, wooden legs, artificial arms, steel hooks, caoutchouc [rubber] jaws, silver craniums [and] platinum noses” don’t play leading roles in their personalities—they are merely tools on their bodies. These piecemeal men are unlikely crusaders of invention with an even more unlikely mission. And yet who better to design the next great leap in technology than men remade by technology themselves?

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