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 ]
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.