Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events! ):
ICRA 2022: 23-27 May 2022, Philadelphia
ERF 2022: 28-30 June 2022, Rotterdam, Germany
CLAWAR 2022: 12-14 September 2022, Acores, Portugal
Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.
Robotics. It’s a great game.
[ GA Tech ]
This experiment demonstrated the latest progress of flying humanoid robot Jet-HR2. This new control strategy allows robots to hover using position feedback from the motion capture systems. Video demonstrates the robot’s ability to remain stable hovering in mid-air for more than 20 seconds.
[ YouTube ]
This super cool soft robotic finger from TU Berlin is able to read braille with astonishing accuracy by using sound as a sensor.
[ TU Berlin ]
Cassie Blue navigates around furniture treated as obstacles in the Ford Robotics Building at the University of Michigan. This video contains 1x clips to demonstrate Cassie’s movement.
Tapomayukh Bhattacharjee received a National Science Foundation (NSF) National Robotics Initiative (NBI) collaborative grant for a project that aims to address–and ameliorate–the way people with mobility issues are given a chance for improved control and independence over their environments, especially how they are fed–or better, how they can feed themselves with robotic assistance.
[ Cornell ]
A novel quadcopter capable of changing shape mid-flight is presented, allowing for operation in four configurations with the capability of sustained hover in three.
[ HiPeR Lab ]
Two EPFL research groups teamed up to develop a machine-learning program that can be connected to a human brain and used to command a robot. The program adjusts robot movements using electrical signals from the brain. This invention is hoped to allow tetraplegics to perform more daily activities independently.
[ EPFL ]
The MRV is SpaceLogistics’ next-generation on-orbit servicing vehicle incorporating a robotic arm payload developed and integrated by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. This data was provided by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The Flight Robotic Arm System 1 is being tested. In this example, the robotic arm is performing an exercise called “The Gauntlet”. This involves the robot moving through a series poses that allow the arm to move in all seven degrees.
[ Northrop Grumman ]
You almost certainly can’t afford it, but The Shadow Robot Company would like to remind you that the Shadow Hand is for sale.
[ Shadow ]
Join ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer inside Kibo, the Japanese laboratory module of the International Space Station in 360deg, setting up Astrobee robotic free-flyers for the ReSWARM experiment. This robotics demonstration, which stands for RElative satellite sWArming & Robotic Maneuvering 76
[ NASA ]
Boeing’s MQ-25 autonomous aerial tanker continues its carrier testing.
[ Boeing ]
Sphero Sports is built for Sports Foundations, Schools & CSR Driven Organizations to teach STEM education. Sphero Sports is designed to get students interested in STEM Education. It also supports teachers and staff at soccer foundations by helping them become more comfortable teaching and learning these skills.
[ Sphero ]
ADIBOT-A is UBTECH Robotics’ fully-loaded autonomous disinfection solution that can be programmed and mapped to independently navigate one or multiple floor plans.
[ UBTECH ]
SURVICE was proud to support the successful completion of the Unmanned Logistics System – Air (ULS-A) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) program as the lead system integrator. As the lead system integrator, we worked closely with the U.S. government.
Yaqing Wang from JHU’s Terradynamics Lab gives a talk on trying to make a robot that is anywhere near as talented as a cockroach.
In Episode One of Season Two of The Robot Brains podcast, host Pieter Abbeel is joined by guest (and close collaborator) Sergey Levine, professor at UC Berkeley, EECS. Sergey talks about his early career, Andrew Ng’s influence on him, and the current projects.
[ The Robot Brains ]