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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. 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!):
IEEE Africon 2019 – September 25-27, 2019 – Accra, Ghana
ISRR 2019 – October 6-10, 2019 – Hanoi, Vietnam
Ro-Man 2019 – October 14-18, 2019 – New Delhi, India
Humanoids 2019 – October 15-17, 2019 – Toronto, Canada
ARSO 2019 – October 31-1, 2019 – Beijing, China
ROSCon 2019 – October 31-1, 2019 – Macau
IROS 2019 – November 4-8, 2019 – Macau
Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.
Eight engineering students from ETH Zurich are working on a year-long focus project to develop a multimodal robot called Dipper, which can fly, swim, dive underwater, and manage that difficult air-water transition:
The robot uses one motor to selectively drive either a propeller or a marine screw depending on whether it’s in flight or not. We’re told that getting the robot to autonomously do the water to air transition is still a work in progress, but that within a few weeks things should be much smoother.
[ Dipper ]
Giving a jellyfish a hug without stressing them out is exactly as hard as you think, but Harvard’s robot will make sure that all jellyfish get the emotional (and physical) support that they need.
[ Harvard ]
[ MIT ]
The Mars 2020 rover doesn’t have a name yet, but you can give it one! As long as you’re not too old! Which you probably are!
[ Mars 2020 ]
I desperately wish that we could watch this next video at normal speed, not just slowed down, but it’s quite impressive anyway.
Here’s one more video from the Namiki Lab showing some high speed tracking with a pair of very enthusiastic robotic cameras:
[ Namiki Lab ]
[ Georgia Tech ]
More magical obstacle-dodging footage from Skydio’s still secret new drone.
[ Skydio ]
This is a cute demo with Misty:
[ Misty Robotics ]
We’ve seen pieces of hardware like this before, but always made out of hard materials—a soft version is certainly something new.
[ RRL ]
The EksoVest is not really a robot, but it’ll make you a cyborg! With super strength!
[ EksoVest ]
I think the concept here is great, but it’s going to be a serious challenge to successfully commercialize.
[ Indiegogo ]
[ Sphero ]
These omnidirectional crawler robots aren’t new, but that doesn’t keep them from being fun to watch.
We’ll finish up the week with a couple of past ICRA and IROS keynote talks—one by Gill Pratt on The Reliability Challenges of Autonomous Driving, and the other from Peter Hart, on Making Shakey.
[ IEEE RAS ]
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