Video Friday: RobOctoberfest

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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Video Friday: RobOctoberfest

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.

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Enjoy today’s videos!

Pouring the perfect Octoberfest beer requires a humanlike sense of touch and dexterity, precision and force control. Franka Production 3 has it all!

[ Franka Emika ]

First time, I’m sure.

[ Tech United ]

A team led by the University of California, San Diego, has developed a new system of algorithms that enables four-legged robots to walk and run on challenging terrain while avoiding both static and moving obstacles. The work brings researchers a step closer to building robots that can perform search-and-rescue missions or collect information in places that are too dangerous or difficult for humans.

[ UCSD ]

Thanks, Liezel!

SusGrip is a new smart gripper from Apicoo Robotics with a compact size and long stroke. The gripping motion is parallel, making it is easy and intuitive to use. An absolute encoder is equipped so users can instantly use the gripper without calibration.

[ Apicoo Robotics ]

Thanks, Vo Gia Loc!

This is both brilliant and, somehow, terrifying.

[ Gazing Car ]

Robots away!

[ Recon Robotics ]

Robot friends, as it turns out, are very expensive.

[ RoboDesign Lab ]

We present a “Kinegami” algorithm that converts a Denavit-Hartenberg specification into a single-sheet crease pattern for an equivalent serial robot mechanism by composing origami modules from a “Tubular Origami Catalogue.”

[ Kod*lab ]

PIBOT2 makes flying a (fake) airplane look easy.

[ USRG ]

GITAI USA Inc. wishes God Speed for JAXA Astronaut Dr. Koichi Wakata, Expedition 68 Crews, and SpaceX Falcon 9!!


We’re excited to announce that Reachy gained mobility with a new mobile base, but also [has] improved software and hardware. Pollen Robotics’ engineers developed new features including VR teleoperation compatibility and the Lidar technology to ensure robot safety.

[ Pollen Robotics ]

As Starship robots carry out their deliveries, they naturally might need to cross a road. The robots are equipped with a suite of sensors and cameras which are constantly understanding the environment around them. This means they only cross roads when it is deemed safe to do so. Have a look at this technology in action.

[ Starship ]

Mauser Packaging Solutions needed a material-handling automation solution that would meet uptime and throughput requirements. By making the switch to OTTO 1500 AMRs, Mauser increased uptime, improved worker safety and enhanced throughput by 600%.

[ OTTO ]

Discover the Navigation2 applications for ROS2 allowing TIAGo robot to navigate autonomously in indoor spaces and with mapping.

[ PALRobotics ]

In one of our first pilots for C.H. Robinson customers, we autonomously moved 1M+ pounds of freight for Constellation Brands from Dallas to Houston. Pilots like these will shape the future development of the Waymo Driver and expansion of our Waymo Via trucking solution.

[ Waymo ]

We have seen great advances in artificial intelligence in recent years. To HAI Distinguished Fellow Peter Norvig, as an AI practitioner and educator, this raises two questions: First, what do learners need to know about AI (and machine learning and data science) today, and how can they best learn that? Second, how can the technologies of AI be used to facilitate learning in all subjects?

[ Stanford HAI ]

This Maryland Robotics Center seminar is from UC Berkeley’s Hannah Stuart, on “Embodying Dexterity: Contact models for the design of robotic grasping and manipulation.”

For robots to perform helpful manual tasks, they must be able to physically interact with the real world. In this talk, I will introduce how my lab is developing tools for “messy” or adversarial contact conditions—granular/rocky media, fluids, human interaction—to support the design of more capable systems.

[ UMD ]

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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