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Video Friday: Jubilee

IROS turns 25, and throws a Video Jubliee to celebrate

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Video Friday: Jubilee

IROS is 25 years old this year, which I guess means that it's earned a little bit of a vacation by holding itself as this resort in Portugal. As part of the celebrations, roboticists were invited to submit Silver Jubliee videos "illustrating the history and/or milestones in intelligent robotics and/or intelligent systems in the last 25 years." If you couldn't be here at the conference with us, we're bringing you the six finalists for today's Video Friday.

This is of course not the end of our IROS coverage: over the next several weeks, we'll keep posting news and research from the conference. We'll be traveling back home over the weekend, but we should be back in the swing of things by Monday. Or, uh, maybe Tuesday. Meanwhile, here's the Jubliee vids for you to check out:

RoboCup Robot Soccer History 1997 - 2011



10 Years in the Cooperation of Unmanned Aerial Systems



The Power of Prediction: Robots that Read Intentions



Development of Robotic Hands: The UB Hand Evolution



And here are the two winners:

Variable Impedance Actuators: Moving the Robots of Tomorrow




Ultra High-speed Robot Based on 1 kHz Vision System

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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

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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