We've got an extra-large helping of robot vids for you today. You'll see a little robot gymnast showcase his talents on the high bar, a huge robot spider that can climb mountains, CHARLI-2 getting hit with a shoe on a stick, a fate marginally worse than being eaten for a hapless grapefruit, and more. More!
Hinamitetu’s robot gymnast has been trying to get this right for years, and at last, the robot sticks what I think is called a "jaeger:"
That dismount still needs work, I'd say.
Want to see CHARLI-2 get a beatdown from a shoe on a stick and not fall over? Sure you do!
Last year, we posted some video from DFKI Bremen that included footage of SpaceClimber, one of the most most impressive robots in the category of "very large and spidery." This new video shows SpaceClimber doing its thing, complete with freaky movements and a climb up an 80% grade.
[ DFKI Bremen ]
Slicing a grapefruit can be dangerous. Very dangerous. Almost (but not quite) as dangerous as building a robot to do it for you with a GIANT STABBY KNIFE:
[ Grapefruit Segmenter ] via [ Hacked Gadgets ]
When robotic aircraft start making autonomous landings on aircraft carriers, they'll need to know what to do and where to go after touchdown. If you've watched Top Gun, you know that simple gesture recognition is not enough to interpret signals from plane directors on the deck of the carrier, since they're usually in constant motion. MIT has been working on an algorithm that can classify individual gestures contained in a continuous series of complex motions:
Via [ MIT ]
We'll finish up with this video of a real life Real Steel match between Naoki Maru's Real King Kizer (a one meter tall boxing robot controlled by an ASUS Xtion Pro Live sensor) and a punching bag. The winner? Awesomness. Awesomeness is the winner.
[ King Kizer ] via [ GetRobo ]
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.