Video Friday: Tensegrity Wheels – IEEE Spectrum


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We leverage tensegrity buildings as wheels for a cell robotic that may actively change its form by increasing or collapsing the wheels. Moreover the shape-changing functionality, utilizing tensegrity as wheels presents a number of benefits over conventional wheels of comparable dimension, comparable to shock-absorbing functionality with out added mass since tensegrity wheels are each light-weight and extremely compliant. The robotic may soar onto obstacles as much as 300 millimeters excessive with a bistable mechanism that may steadily retailer however shortly launch vitality.

[ Adaptive Robotics Lab ]

Meet GE Aerospace’s Sensiworm (Smooth ElectroNics Pores and skin-Innervated Robotic Worm), a extremely smart, acutely delicate delicate robotic that would function additional units of eyes and ears for Aerospace service operators contained in the engine. Deploying self-propelling, compliant robots like Sensiworm would give operators just about unfettered entry sooner or later to carry out inspections with out having to disassemble the engine.

[ GE ]

Why not Zoidberg?

[ Boston Dynamics ]

Conventional AI strategies want a number of weeks, days, or hours to let a strolling robotic be taught to stroll. This turns into impractical. This examine overcomes the issue by introducing a novel bio-inspired integrative method to develop neural locomotion management that allows a stick insect-like strolling robotic to discover ways to stroll inside 20 seconds! The examine not solely proposes an answer for neural locomotion management but additionally allows insights into the neural gear of the organic template. It additionally gives steering for additional growing superior bio-inspired idea and simulations.


Thanks, Poramate!

At Good day Robotics, we’re redefining the best way people and robots work together. Our newest creation, MAKI Professional, embodies our perception in empathic design—a precept that prioritizes the emotional and social dimensions of expertise. MAKI Professional presents distinctive options comparable to animatronic eyes for enhanced eye contact, an embedded PC, and 17 factors of articulation. Its speech capabilities are additionally powered by ChatGPT, including a component of interplay that’s extra pure. The compact design permits for simple placement on a desktop.

[ Hello Robotics ]

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Throughout the RoboNav challenge, autonomous driving exams had been performed within the Seetaler Alps in Austria. The tracked Mattro Rovo3 robotic autonomously navigates to the chosen objective inside the operational space, contemplating various paths and making real-time selections to keep away from obstacles.

[ RoboNav ] through [ ARTI ]

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NASA’s Moon rover prototype accomplished lunar lander egress exams.

[ NASA ]

Within the early days of Good day Robotic, Aaron Edsinger and Charlie Kemp created a number of prototype robots and examined them. This video from November 24, 2017 was taken as Charlie remotely operated a prototype robotic in his unoccupied Atlanta dwelling from rural Tennessee to care for his household’s cat. Charlie remotely operated the robotic on November 23, 24, 25, and 26. He efficiently set out contemporary meals and water for the cat, put soiled dishes within the sink, threw away empty cat meals cans, and checked the kitty litter.

[ Hello Robot ]

For a robotic that appears nothing in any respect like a bug, this robotic actually does remind me of a bug.

[ Zarrouk Lab ]

Educating quadrupedal robots to shove stuff, which truly looks as if it could be extra helpful than it sounds.

[ RaiLab Kaist ]

The KUKA Innovation Award has been held yearly since 2014 and is addressed to builders, graduates and analysis groups from universities or corporations. For this yr’s award, the candidates had been requested to make use of open interfaces in our newly launched robotic working system iiQKA and so as to add their very own {hardware} and software program parts. Finally Workforce JARVIS from the Merlin Laboratory of the Italian Politecnico di Milano was in a position to assert itself as winner. With its Plug & Play technique for programming collaborative robotics functions, which is totally built-in into the iiQKA ecosystem, it satisfied the jury.

[ Kuka ]

Every year, the FZI Analysis Middle for Info Expertise (FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik) presents a sensible course for college students on the Karlsruhe Institute of Expertise (KIT) to find out about Biologically Motivated Robots. Throughout the sensible course, pupil groups develop options for a hide-and-seek problem wherein cell robots (Boston Dynamics Spot, ANYbotics ANYmal, Clearpath Robotics Husky) should autonomously cover and discover one another.

[ FZI ]

A few IROS thirty fifth Anniversary plenary talks from Kyoto final yr, that includes Marc Raibert and Roland Siegwart.

[ IROS ]

Are robots on the verge of changing into human-like and taking on most jobs? When will self-driving automobiles be cost-effective? What challenges in robotics might be solved by Massive Language Fashions and generative AI?
Though famend roboticist Ruzena Bajcsy just lately retired from Berkeley, she’s going to return to debate her insights on how robotics analysis has developed over the previous half-century with 5 senior colleagues who’ve mixed analysis expertise of over 200 years.

[ Berkeley ]


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