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)

How Robots Can Help Us Act and Feel Younger

Toyota’s Gill Pratt on enhancing independence in old age

10 min read
An illustration of a woman making a salad with robotic arms around her holding vegetables and other salad ingredients.
Dan Page

By 2050, the global population aged 65 or more will be nearly double what it is today. The number of people over the age of 80 will triple, approaching half a billion. Supporting an aging population is a worldwide concern, but this demographic shift is especially pronounced in Japan, where more than a third of Japanese will be 65 or older by midcentury.

Toyota Research Institute (TRI), which was established by Toyota Motor Corp. in 2015 to explore autonomous cars, robotics, and “human amplification technologies,” has also been focusing a significant portion of its research on ways to help older people maintain their health, happiness, and independence as long as possible. While an important goal in itself, improving self-sufficiency for the elderly also reduces the amount of support they need from society more broadly. And without technological help, sustaining this population in an effective and dignified manner will grow increasingly difficult—first in Japan, but globally soon after.

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