#439710 Video Friday: Robotic Gaze
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!):
DARPA SubT Finals – September 21-23, 2021 – Louisville, KY, USA
WeRobot 2021 – September 23-25, 2021 – [Online Event]
IROS 2021 – September 27-1, 2021 – [Online Event]
Robo Boston – October 1-2, 2021 – Boston, MA, USA
ROSCon 2021 – October 20-21, 2021 – [Online Event]
Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.
[ Science Robotics ]
Reachy is here to help you make pancakes, for some value of "help."
Mmm, extra crunchy!
[ Pollen Robotics ]
It's surprising that a physical prototype of this unicorn (?) robot for kids even exists, but there's no way they're going to get it to run.
And it's supposed to be rideable, which seems like a fun, terrible idea.
[ Xpeng ] via [ Engadget ]
Segway's got a new robot mower now, which appears to use GPS (maybe enhanced with a stationary beacon?) to accurately navigate your lawn.
[ Segway ]
AVITA is a new robotic avatar company founded by Hiroshi Ishiguro. They've raised about $5 million USD in funding to start making Ishiguro's dreams come true, which is money well spent, I'd say.
[ Impress ]
It's interesting how sophisticated legged robots from Japan often start out with a very obvious "we're only working on the legs" design, where the non-legged part of the robot is an unapologetic box. Asimo and Schaft both had robots like this, and here's another one, a single-leg hopping robot from Toyota Technological Institute.
How to make a robot walking over an obstacle course more fun: costumes and sound effects!
These same researchers have an IROS paper with an untethered version of their robot; you can see it walking at about 10:30 in this presentation video.
[ Tsinghua ]
[ RoboDesign Lab ]
This is an innovative design for a powered exoskeleton of sorts that can move on wheels but transform into legged mode to be able to climb stairs.
[ Atoun ]
I still have no idea why the Telexistence robot looks the way it does, but I love it.
[ Telexistence ]
[ SLAMcore ]
Normally, I wouldn't recommend a two hour long video with just talking heads. But when one of those talking heads is Rod Brooks, you know that the entire two hours will be worth it.
[ Lex Fridman ]