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Video Friday: ARTEMIS

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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A photo of the lower torso and legs of a humanoid robot in a dynamic running position suspended on a test stand in a lab

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.

IEEE CASE 2022: 20–24 August 2022, MEXICO CITY
CLAWAR 2022: 12–14 September 2022, AZORES, PORTUGAL
ANA Avatar XPRIZE Finals: 4–5 November 2022, LOS ANGELES
CoRL 2022: 14–18 December 2022, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Enjoy today’s videos!

Introducing ARTEMIS: The next-generation humanoid robot platform to serve us for the next 10 years. This is a sneak peek of what is to come. Stay tuned!

[ RoMeLa ]

We approach the problem of learning by watching humans in the wild. We call our method WHIRL: In the Wild Human-Imitated Robot Learning. In WHIRL, we aim to use human videos to extract a prior over the intent of the demonstrator and use this to initialize our agent's policy. We introduce an efficient real-world policy learning scheme, that improves over the human prior using interactions. We show one-shot generalization, and success in real-world settings, including 20 different manipulation tasks in the wild.

[ CMU ]

I cannot believe that this system made it to the commercial pilot stage, but pretty awesome that it has, right?

[ Tevel ]

My favorite RoboCup event, where the world championship robots take on the RoboCup trustees!

[ RoboCup ]

WeRobotics is coordinating critical cargo-drone logistics in Madagascar with Aerial Metric, Madagascar Flying Labs, and PSI. This project serves to connect hard-to-reach rural communities with essential, life-saving medicines, including the delivery of just-in-time COVID-19 vaccines.

[ WeRobotics ]

With the possible exception of an octopus tentacle, the trunk of an elephant is the robotic manipulator we should all be striving for.

[ Georgia Tech ]

I don’t know if this ornithopter is more practical than a traditional drone, but it’s much more beautiful to watch.

[ GRVC ]

While I certainly appreciate the technical challenges of making drones that can handle larger payloads, I still feel like the actual challenge that Wing should be talking about is whether suburban drone delivery of low-value consumer goods is a sustainable business.

[ Wing ]

Microsoft Project AirSim provides a rich set of tools that enables you to rapidly create custom machine-learning capabilities. Realistic sensor models, pretrained neural networks, and extensible autonomy building blocks accelerate the training of aerial agents.

[ AirSim ]

Deep Robotics recently announced the official release of the Jueying X20 hazard-detection-and-rescue robot dog solution. With the flexibility to deliver unmanned detection-and-rescue services, Jueying X20 is designed for the complex terrain of a post-earthquake landscape, the insides of vulnerable debris buildings, tunnel traffic accidents, as well as the toxic, hypoxia, and high-density smoke environments created by chemical pollution or a fire disaster event.

[ Deep Robotics ]

Highlights from the RoboCup 2022 MSL Finals: Tech United vs. Falcons.

And here’s an overview of the wider event, from Tech United Eindhoven.

[ Tech United ]

One copter? Two copters!

[ SUTD ]

The Humanoid AdultSize RoboCup league is perhaps not the most dynamic, but it’s impressive anyway.

[ Nimbro ]

First autonomous mission for the PLaCE drone at sea, performing multispectral surveys and water-column measurements directly in situ, measuring characteristic biological parameters such as pH, chlorophyll, PAR, temperature, and salinity.

[ PRISMA Lab ]

Here’s one of the most interesting drones I’ve seen in a while: a sort of winged tricopter that can hover very efficiently by spinning.

[ Hackaday ]

Keep in mind that this is a paid promotion (and it’s not very technical at all), but it’s interesting to watch a commercial truck driver review an autonomous truck.

[ Plus ]

Curiosity has now been exploring Mars for 10 years (!) of its two-year mission.

[ JPL ]

The Conversation (0)

The Bionic-Hand Arms Race

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

12 min read
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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