Happy Holidays from Evan, Erico, and the rest of the team at IEEE Spectrum. We’re out of calendar events for the year, and next week is our once a year week off, so please enjoy the last Video Friday of 2016, full of all kinds of festive robot celebrations.
It's nice to see that an entire team of robots is only slightly better at making Christmas cookies than I am:
Somebody really, really needs to let NAO out of the oven.
[ FZI ]
The Autonomous Systems Lab and the Robotic Systems Lab from ETH Zurich outdo themselves, as always:
All legged robots should be required to wear cute socks at all times.
[ ETH Zurich ]
Happy holidays from IIT, Mannequin Challenge-style. See if you can count all the iCubs, and make sure to watch until then end:
[ IIT ]
According to Plymouth University, Plymouth University's Mannequin Challenge video is the best Mannequin Challenge video of all time:
You know, I was skeptical at first, but now I kinda believe it.
At this point, I don't think that Santa (or the post office) has to worry about Snake Monsters stealing their jobs:
[ CMU Biorobotics ]
If RE2's HDMS robot seems suspiciously capable at decorating things, it's because there's a human on the other end of it:
[ RE2 ]
Here's FANUC's holiday vid:
Hmm. I think if you're a giant robotics company with a marketing budget and stuff, you should be required to put REAL ROBOTS in your holiday videos.
[ FANUC ]
This was inevitable, wasn't it?
Props to the Edinburgh Robot Perception Group for a Christmas video that's almost entirely autonomous:
[ Edinburgh ]
No, forcing Makeblock's little robot kits into holiday costumes doesn't turn out even a little bit creepy, see?
[ Makeblock ]
Angry Santa robot is angry, because wouldn't you be this time of year?
It doesn't take a kilo of kilobots to make Christmas-y shapes:
The one at 0:15 is #meirl
I'm not sure what takes more work: writing holiday cards yourself, or building Lego robots to do it for you.
[ Lego Mindstorms ]
This is, I kid you not, an entire hour of BB-8 doing BB-8 things in front of a cozy fireplace.
[ Sphero ]
Evan Ackerman is a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum. Since 2007, he has written over 6,000 articles on robotics and technology. He has a degree in Martian geology and is excellent at playing bagpipes.
Erico Guizzo is the Director of Digital Innovation at IEEE Spectrum, and cofounder of the IEEE Robots Guide, an award-winning interactive site about robotics. He oversees the operation, integration, and new feature development for all digital properties and platforms, including the Spectrum website, newsletters, CMS, editorial workflow systems, and analytics and AI tools. An IEEE Member, he is an electrical engineer by training and has a master’s degree in science writing from MIT.