Video Friday: Candy Chew Ham Ham

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Video Friday is your weekly number of superior robotics movies, collected by your mates at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We’ll even be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics occasions for the following few months; right here’s what we’ve up to now (ship us your occasions!):

ICRA 2022: 23–27 Could 2022, Philadelphia
ERF 2022: 28–30 June 2022, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
CLAWAR 2022: 12–14 September 2022, Açores, Portugal

Tell us in case you have options for subsequent week, and revel in at the moment’s movies.


Meet my new favourite robotic of all time, Candy Chew Ham Ham.

It is going to be the very best $35 you’ve ever spent when it goes on sale on a crowdfunding web site subsequent week.

[ Campfire ] through [ RobotStart ]

Venus is dwelling to one of the excessive environments within the photo voltaic system. It’s completely shrouded in dense, poisonous clouds and its floor is sort of 900 levels Fahrenheit. Researchers are engaged on an idea that might change the way in which we discover the extreme atmosphere of Earth’s closest planetary neighbor. Finding out Venus will assist us higher perceive why it harbors such an excessive atmosphere and unlock the mysteries of how planets evolve, together with Earth.

[ NASA ]

As staff retire, the development business faces rising issue discovering operators for heavy equipment. Contemplating this looming scarcity, SRI has developed a robotic resolution that automates repetitive actions resembling digging and permits intuitive distant operation for extra advanced actions. This progressive autonomy method will enhance the productiveness of remaining staff, create new alternatives for distant staff, and encourage new staff to affix the business by making gear operation safer and extra snug.

[ SRI ]

Thanks, Reuben!

We wrote about this malleable construction robotic from Imperial School London a pair years again, and now it’s been upgraded with an augmented-reality interface to assist in reconfiguration.

[ Paper ]

Thanks, Nicolas!

Skyline Robotics has achieved what many different corporations have tried however did not good. The Israeli firm has succeeded in automating window washing for the world’s skyscrapers—a process that has been carried out manually for over 100 years.

[ Skyline Robotics ]

We current the Tiercel MAV: a small, agile, light-weight and collision-resilient robotic powered by a cellphone-grade CPU. Our design exploits contact to deduce the presence of clear or reflective obstacles like glass partitions, integrating contact with visible notion for SLAM.

SLAM!

[ Paper ]

Welp, now I need to work at Ascento.

[ Ascento ]

Impressed by animal locomotion management, we suggest easy but versatile modular neural management with quick studying for legged robots. This management method is scalable, analyzable, and strong in opposition to sensory faults, and its studying course of is quicker than state-of-the-art locomotion controllers. Utilizing this method, a hexapod robotic can adaptively climb steps and between two partitions, in addition to stroll on a pipe, by a slim area, and over uneven terrain.

[ SDU ]

Thanks, Poramate!

Fascinating design for a leg for dynamic bipedal humanoids from College of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

[ Paper ]

Dusty’s FieldPrinter lays out all inside trades, not simply partitions. Hear from Southland Industries’ Jesse Sellers and Prime Electrical’s Joe Rogers on how Dusty creates a single supply of reality on the venture to get everybody on the identical web page, enabling all trades to work higher collectively.

[ Dusty Robotics ]

I’m unsure how sensible they’re, however I’ve at all times been fascinated by ornithopter robots.

[ GRVC ]

We sort out the issue of planning a minimum-time trajectory for a quadrotor over a sequence of specified waypoints within the presence of obstacles whereas exploiting the total quadrotor dynamics. This downside is essential for autonomous search-and-rescue and drone-racing eventualities however was, up to now, unaddressed by the robotics neighborhood in its entirety as a result of challenges of minimizing time within the presence of the nonconvex constraints posed by collision avoidance. The proposed methodology is proven to outperform all associated baselines in cluttered environments and is additional validated in real-world flights at over 60 km/h in one of many world’s largest motion-capture methods.

[ Paper ] through [ UZH RPG ]

Curtis Lucas wrote in to share some tasks of his: “I personal a industrial janitorial enterprise and have struggled to rent certified workers, and in recent times it’s much more troublesome. As a partial resolution to my downside, I started constructing my very own industrial cleansing robots. I’ve no formal coaching in robotics. I now have robots that sweep flooring, vacuum carpets, and mop flooring. At a value of lower than two thousand {dollars}, they pay for themselves inside weeks. The robots function autonomously, speaking and updating workers through a Bluetooth app I created. My present robotic is a UVC sterilization robotic, which I’ll use to sterilize examination rooms at our medical purchasers.”

[ YouTube ]

Thanks, Curtis!

On this paper, we current a real-time whole-body planner for collision-free legged cellular manipulation. We implement each self-collision and environment-collision avoidance as gentle constraints inside a mannequin predictive management (MPC) scheme that solves a multicontact optimum management downside. We validate the effectiveness of our framework by a set of {hardware} experiments involving dynamic cellular manipulation duties with potential collisions, resembling locomotion balancing with the swinging arm, weight throwing, and autonomous door opening.

[ Paper ]

ARI is now prepared to begin section 4 of the pilots at Clinica Humana (Mallorca, Spain) as a part of the SHAPES (Sensible and Wholesome Getting old by Individuals Partaking in supportive Methods) venture, the place a number of digital options from totally different companions have been built-in into the robotic: face recognition, voice interplay, emotion recognition, and video name, to call a couple of.

[ PAL Robotics ]

This must be one of many least significant movies I’ve ever seen.

[ Sanctuary.ai ]

This video is price waiting for the very lifelike emergency cease on a slippery floor.

[ Paper ]

An upcoming ICRA 2022 paper from the AMBER Lab, “Studying Controller Features on Bipedal Strolling Robots through Consumer Preferences.”

[ AMBER Lab ]

A plenary from the ROBIO 2021 convention by Aude Billard, on “Dexterous Manipulation of Objects.”

[ EPFL ]



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