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Video Friday: Candy Chunk Ham Ham

Video Friday is your weekly choice of superior robotics movies, collected by your folks at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We’ll even be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics occasions for the following few months; right here’s what we have now thus far (ship us your occasions!):

ICRA 2022: 23–27 Could 2022, Philadelphia
ERF 2022: 28–30 June 2022, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
CLAWAR 2022: 12–14 September 2022, Açores, Portugal

Tell us if in case you have recommendations for subsequent week, and luxuriate in at the moment’s movies.

Meet my new favourite robotic of all time, Candy Chunk Ham Ham.

It will likely be the perfect $35 you’ve ever spent when it goes on sale on a crowdfunding website subsequent week.

[ Campfire ] through [ RobotStart ]

Venus is house to probably the most excessive environments within the photo voltaic system. It’s completely shrouded in dense, poisonous clouds and its floor is almost 900 levels Fahrenheit. Researchers are engaged on an idea that might change the way in which we discover the extreme surroundings of Earth’s closest planetary neighbor. Learning Venus will assist us higher perceive why it harbors such an excessive surroundings and unlock the mysteries of how planets evolve, together with Earth.

[ NASA ]

As employees retire, the development business faces rising problem discovering operators for heavy equipment. Contemplating this looming scarcity, SRI has developed a robotic resolution that automates repetitive actions resembling digging and permits intuitive distant operation for extra advanced actions. This progressive autonomy strategy will enhance the productiveness of remaining employees, create new alternatives for distant employees, and encourage new employees to hitch the business by making gear operation safer and extra comfy.

[ SRI ]

Thanks, Reuben!

We wrote about this malleable construction robotic from Imperial School London a pair years again, and now it’s been upgraded with an augmented-reality interface to help in reconfiguration.

[ Paper ]

Thanks, Nicolas!

Skyline Robotics has achieved what many different corporations have tried however did not excellent. The Israeli firm has succeeded in automating window washing for the world’s skyscrapers—a process that has been achieved manually for over 100 years.

[ Skyline Robotics ]

We current the Tiercel MAV: a small, agile, light-weight and collision-resilient robotic powered by a cellphone-grade CPU. Our design exploits contact to deduce the presence of clear or reflective obstacles like glass partitions, integrating contact with visible notion for SLAM.


[ Paper ]

Welp, now I need to work at Ascento.

[ Ascento ]

Impressed by animal locomotion management, we suggest easy but versatile modular neural management with quick studying for legged robots. This management strategy is scalable, analyzable, and strong towards sensory faults, and its studying course of is quicker than state-of-the-art locomotion controllers. Utilizing this strategy, a hexapod robotic can adaptively climb steps and between two partitions, in addition to stroll on a pipe, via a slim area, and over uneven terrain.

[ SDU ]

Thanks, Poramate!

Attention-grabbing design for a leg for dynamic bipedal humanoids from College of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

[ Paper ]

Dusty’s FieldPrinter lays out all inside trades, not simply partitions. Hear from Southland Industries’ Jesse Sellers and Prime Electrical’s Joe Rogers on how Dusty creates a single supply of fact on the undertaking to get everybody on the identical web page, enabling all trades to work higher collectively.

[ Dusty Robotics ]

I’m unsure how sensible they’re, however I’ve at all times been fascinated by ornithopter robots.

[ GRVC ]

We sort out the issue of planning a minimum-time trajectory for a quadrotor over a sequence of specified waypoints within the presence of obstacles whereas exploiting the complete quadrotor dynamics. This downside is essential for autonomous search-and-rescue and drone-racing situations however was, thus far, unaddressed by the robotics neighborhood in its entirety as a result of challenges of minimizing time within the presence of the nonconvex constraints posed by collision avoidance. The proposed technique is proven to outperform all associated baselines in cluttered environments and is additional validated in real-world flights at over 60 km/h in one of many world’s largest motion-capture programs.

[ Paper ] through [ UZH RPG ]

Curtis Lucas wrote in to share some initiatives of his: “I personal a industrial janitorial enterprise and have struggled to rent certified workers, and lately it’s much more troublesome. As a partial resolution to my downside, I started constructing my very own industrial cleansing robots. I’ve no formal coaching in robotics. I now have robots that sweep flooring, vacuum carpets, and mop flooring. At a price of lower than two thousand {dollars}, they pay for themselves inside weeks. The robots function autonomously, speaking and updating employees through a Bluetooth app I created. My present robotic is a UVC sterilization robotic, which I’ll use to sterilize examination rooms at our medical purchasers.”

[ YouTube ]

Thanks, Curtis!

On this paper, we current a real-time whole-body planner for collision-free legged cellular manipulation. We implement each self-collision and environment-collision avoidance as smooth constraints inside a mannequin predictive management (MPC) scheme that solves a multicontact optimum management downside. We validate the effectiveness of our framework via a set of {hardware} experiments involving dynamic cellular manipulation duties with potential collisions, resembling locomotion balancing with the swinging arm, weight throwing, and autonomous door opening.

[ Paper ]

ARI is now prepared to begin part 4 of the pilots at Clinica Humana (Mallorca, Spain) as a part of the SHAPES (Good and Wholesome Getting older via Folks Partaking in supportive Methods) undertaking, the place a number of digital options from totally different companions have been built-in into the robotic: face recognition, voice interplay, emotion recognition, and video name, to call a couple of.

[ PAL Robotics ]

This needs to be one of many least significant movies I’ve ever seen.

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This video is price expecting the very lifelike emergency cease on a slippery floor.

[ Paper ]

An upcoming ICRA 2022 paper from the AMBER Lab, “Studying Controller Positive factors on Bipedal Strolling Robots through Consumer Preferences.”

[ AMBER Lab ]

A plenary from the ROBIO 2021 convention by Aude Billard, on “Dexterous Manipulation of Objects.”

[ EPFL ]

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