Video Friday: Welcome to 2022

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2022: 23–27 May 2022, Philadelphia
ERF 2022: 28–30 June 2022, Rotterdam, Germany

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.


Happy Holidays from Voliro!

[ Voliro ]

Thanks, Daniel!

Merry Christmas from the Autonomous Systems Lab!

[ ASL ]

Лаборатория робототехники Сбера сердечно поздравляет вас с наступающим новым годом!

[ Sberbank Robotics Laboratory ]

Thanks, Alexey and Mike!

Holiday Greetings from KIMLAB!

[ KIMLAB ]

Thanks, Joohyung!

Quebec is easy mode for wintery robot videos.

[ NORLAB ]

Happy New Year from Berkshire Grey!

[ Berkshire Grey ]

Introducing John Deere’s autonomous 8R Tractor for large-scale production. To use the John Deere autonomous tractor, a farmer only needs to transport the machine to a field and configure it for autonomous operation. Using John Deere Operations Center Mobile, he or she can swipe from left to right to start the machine. While the machine is working the farmer can leave the field to focus on other tasks, while monitoring the machine’s status from their mobile device.

[ John Deere ]

I appreciate the idea that this robot seems to have some conception of personal space and will react when that space is rudely violated.

[ Engineered Arts ]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Xiaomi Robotics Lab!

[ Xiaomi ]

Thanks, Yangwei!

We developed advanced neural control with proactive behavior learning and short-term memory for complex locomotion and lifelong adaptation of autonomous walking robots. The control method is inspired by a locomotion control strategy used by walking animals like cats, in which they use their short-term visual memory to detect an obstacle and take proactive steps to avoid colliding it.

[ VISTEC ]

Thanks, Poramate!

Not totally sure what this is from Exyn, but I do like the music.

[ Exyn ]

Nikon, weirdly, seems to be getting into the computer vision space with a high-speed, high-accuracy stereo system.

[ Nikon ]

Drone Badminton enables people with low vision to play badminton again using a drone as a ball and a racket can move a drone. This has potential to diversify the physical activities available, and improve physical and mental health for people with low vision.

[ Digital Nature Group ]

The Manta Ray program seeks to develop unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) that operate for extended durations without the need for on-site human logistics support or maintenance.

[ DARPA ]

A year in the life of Agility Robotics.

[ Agility Robotics ]

A new fabrication technique, developed by a team of electrical engineers and computer scientists, produces low-voltage, power-dense artificial muscles that improve the performance of flying microrobots.

[ MIT ]

What has NASA’s Perseverance rover accomplished since landing on the surface of Mars in February 2021? Surface Operations Mission Manager Jessica Samuels reflects on a year filled with groundbreaking discoveries at Jezero Crater and counts up the rover's achievements.

[ NASA ]

Construction is one of the largest industries on the planet, employing more than 10M workers in the US each year. Dusty Robotics believes in a future where robots and automation are standard tools employed by the construction workforce to build buildings more efficiently, safer, and at lower cost. In this talk I'll tell the story of how Dusty Robotics originated, our journey through the customer discovery process, and our vision for how robotics will change the face of construction.

[ Dusty Robotics ]

The Conversation (0)
Illustration showing an astronaut performing mechanical repairs to a satellite uses two extra mechanical arms that project from a backpack.

Extra limbs, controlled by wearable electrode patches that read and interpret neural signals from the user, could have innumerable uses, such as assisting on spacewalk missions to repair satellites.

Chris Philpot

What could you do with an extra limb? Consider a surgeon performing a delicate operation, one that needs her expertise and steady hands—all three of them. As her two biological hands manipulate surgical instruments, a third robotic limb that’s attached to her torso plays a supporting role. Or picture a construction worker who is thankful for his extra robotic hand as it braces the heavy beam he’s fastening into place with his other two hands. Imagine wearing an exoskeleton that would let you handle multiple objects simultaneously, like Spiderman’s Dr. Octopus. Or contemplate the out-there music a composer could write for a pianist who has 12 fingers to spread across the keyboard.

Such scenarios may seem like science fiction, but recent progress in robotics and neuroscience makes extra robotic limbs conceivable with today’s technology. Our research groups at Imperial College London and the University of Freiburg, in Germany, together with partners in the European project NIMA, are now working to figure out whether such augmentation can be realized in practice to extend human abilities. The main questions we’re tackling involve both neuroscience and neurotechnology: Is the human brain capable of controlling additional body parts as effectively as it controls biological parts? And if so, what neural signals can be used for this control?

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