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Video Friday: Humans Helping Robots

Video Friday is your weekly selection of amazing robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics We also publish a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Submit your events to us for inclusion.

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Enjoy today’s videos!

Until robots reach 100% autonomy (HA), humans will have to intervene from time to time, and Contoro is developing a system for intuitive and remote human intervention.

[ Contoro ]

Thank you Youngmok!

A year-long update on our ongoing project with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and RMUS Canada to investigate the capabilities of Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot for autonomous inspection and first response in the power sector. Highlights from the first year of the project, which features the work of PhD student Christopher Baird, include the autonomous use of elevators and the autonomous opening of doors (including proxy card access doors) as part of Autowalks, as well as Autonomous firefighting.

[ MARS Lab ]

Teams involved in DARPA’s Robotic Autonomy in Complex Environments with Resilency (RACER) program have an experiment under their belt and will focus on even tougher off-road landscapes at Camp Roberts, California, from September 15-27. The program aims to give self-driving combat vehicles off-road autonomy while traveling at speeds that keep pace with people being driven in real-world situations.


Tool use has long been a hallmark of human intelligence, as well as a practical problem to solve for a wide range of robotic applications. But machines remain clumsy at exerting just the right amount of force to control tools that aren’t rigidly attached to their hands. To manipulate such tools more robustly, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), in collaboration with the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), have designed a system that can grab tools and apply the adequate amount of force for a given task. , such as draining liquid or writing a word with a pen.

[ MIT ]

The Cornell researchers installed electronic “brains” into solar-powered robots that are 100 to 250 micrometers in size, so the tiny robots can walk autonomously without being externally controlled.

[ Cornell ]

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed soft devices containing algae that glow in the dark when subjected to mechanical stress, such as being squashed, stretched, twisted or bent. The devices don’t require any electronic components to power up, making them an ideal choice for building soft robots that explore the deep sea and other dark environments, the researchers said.

[ UCSD ]

Thank you Lizel!

Our robotaxi is designed to withstand a variety of temperatures to ensure that the vehicle, and more importantly its passengers, are never too hot or too cold… no matter what the weather. Find out more about our thermal tests in the latest episode of Putting Zoox to the test.

[ Zoox ]

Thanks Whitney!

Skydio drones will do an excellent job of keeping you in the frame, no matter what.

[ Skydio ]

With the rapid urbanization in the world, the development and utilization of underground space are important for economic and social development, and the survival of people’s lives is important to all of us. The Huzhou Research Institute of Zhejiang University summoned a team of robots to carry out an adventure exploring an unknown environment in the underground space in the Yellow Dragon cave. DEEP Robotics participates in this fascinating robot party and tries underground challenges, also team up with the drone team (air-to-ground robot) to seek a new collaboration.

[ Deep Robotics ]

The title of this video is “Ion Propulsion Drone Demonstrates Commercial Viability” but it seems like a big jump from a 4.5 minute flight to reaching the 15 minute flight with a significant payload that would be required for ultimate delivery. mile.

[ Undefined Technologies ]

Welcome to this week’s edition of “How Much Stuff Can You Fit in a Husky?”

[ Clearpath ]

In the Nanocopter AI challenge, teams demonstrated the AI ​​they developed for Bitcraze AB’s Crazyflie nanocopters to avoid vision-based obstacles at increasing speeds. The drones flew in our “Cyberzoo”, dodging a variety of obstacles, from walls to poles to artificial plants. Drones were scored primarily on how far they traveled in the limited time, but they could earn extra points when they flew through gates as well.

[ IMAV ]

See how this drone delivers six eggs to an empty field!

Sorry I shouldn’t be so sarcastic, but I’m still not sold on the whole urban drone grocery delivery thing.

[ Wing ]

Flexiv is pleased to announce the release of its ROS 2 driver to provide a better robot development experience for customers.

[ Flexiv ]

Northrop Grumman has been pioneering new capabilities in the subsea domain for more than 50 years. Manta Ray, a new unmanned underwater vehicle, which takes its name from the huge “winged” fish, will need to be able to operate long-duration, long-range missions in ocean environments without the need for on-site human logistical support – a unique but important mission. necessary to address the complex nature of submarine warfare.

[ Northrop Grumman ]

Some unique drone footage that isn’t afraid to get a little wet.

[ Blastr ]

People tend to over-rely on sophisticated computing devices, especially those powered by AI. As these systems become more fully interactive with humans during the performance of daily activities, the ethical considerations in deploying these systems need to be more carefully investigated. In this talk, we will discuss various forms of human overtrust regarding these intelligent machines and possible ways to mitigate the impact of bias in our interactions with them.

[ Columbia ]

The success of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in landing the low-cost Mars Pathfinder mission in 1997 was seen as proof that spacecraft can be built more often and for much less money, a sea change that NASA termed ” Faster, better, cheaper.” The next challenge JPL took on was to fly two missions to Mars for the price of a single Pathfinder mission. The Mars Climate Orbiter and Mars Polar Lander made it to the launch pad, on time and on budget, but were lost on arrival at Mars, resulting in one of the most difficult periods in JPL history. “The Breaking Point” tells the story of the demise of these two missions and the abrupt end of NASA’s “Faster, Better, Cheaper” era.

[ JPL ]


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