Video Friday: Drone vs. Flying Canoe

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There’s a Canadian legend a couple of flying canoe, due to course there’s. The legend entails drunkenness, a celebration with some women, swearing, and a pact with the satan, due to course it does. Happily for the drone on this video, it wants none of that to efficiently land on this (almost) flying canoe, just a few high-friction shock absorbing legs and even handed software of reverse thrust.

[ Createk ]

Thanks, Alexis!

This paper summarizes an autonomous driving mission by musculoskeletal humanoids. The musculoskeletal humanoid, which mimics the human physique intimately, has redundant sensors and a versatile physique construction. We rethink the developed {hardware} and software program of the musculoskeletal humanoid Musashi within the context of autonomous driving. The respective elements of autonomous driving are performed utilizing the advantages of the {hardware} and software program. Lastly, Musashi succeeded within the pedal and steering wheel operations with recognition.

[ Paper ] by way of [ JSK Lab ]

Thanks, Kento!

Strong AI has been kinda quiet for the final short while, however their Carter robotic continues to enhance.

[ Robust AI ]

One of many key arguments for constructing robots which have related kind elements to human beings is that we will leverage the large human information for coaching. On this paper, we introduce a full-stack system for humanoids to study movement and autonomous expertise from human information. We reveal the system on our custom-made 33-degrees-of-freedom 180 centimeter humanoid, autonomously finishing duties reminiscent of carrying a shoe to face up and stroll, unloading objects from warehouse racks, folding a sweatshirt, rearranging objects, typing, and greeting one other robotic with 60-One hundred pc success charges utilizing as much as 40 demonstrations.

[ HumanPlus ]

We current OmniH2O (Omni Human-to-Humanoid), a learning-based system for whole-body humanoid teleoperation and autonomy. Utilizing kinematic pose as a common management interface, OmniH2O permits numerous methods for a human to regulate a full-sized humanoid with dexterous fingers, together with utilizing real-time teleoperation by means of VR headset, verbal instruction, and RGB digital camera. OmniH2O additionally permits full autonomy by studying from teleoperated demonstrations or integrating with frontier fashions reminiscent of GPT-4.

[ OmniH2O ]

A collaboration between Boxbot, Agility Robotics, and Strong.AI at Playground World. Be sure and watch till the tip to listen to the roboticists within the background react when the demo works in a really roboticist means.

::clap clap clap:: yaaaaayyyyy….

[ Robust AI ]

Using drones and robotic gadgets threatens civilian and navy actors in battle areas. We began trials with robots to see how we will adapt our HEAT (Hostile Setting Consciousness Coaching) programs to this new actuality.

[ CSD ]

Thanks, Ebe!

Find out how to make humanoids do versatile parkour leaping, clapping dance, cliff traversal, and field pick-and-move with a unified RL framework? We introduce WoCoCo: Entire-body humanoid Management with sequential Contacts

[ WoCoCo ]

A number of wonderful demos from the Studying Methods and Robotics Lab at TUM and the College of Toronto.

[ Learning Systems and Robotics Lab ]

Harvest Automation, one of many OG autonomous cell robotic corporations, hasn’t up to date their web site since like 2016, however some movies simply confirmed up on YouTube this week.

[ Harvest Automation ]

Northrop Grumman has been pioneering capabilities within the undersea area for greater than 50 years. Now, we’re creating a brand new class of uncrewed underwater automobiles (UUV) with Manta Ray. Taking its identify from the large “winged” fish, Manta Ray will function long-duration, long-range missions in ocean environments the place people can’t go.

[ Northrop Grumman ]

Akara Robotics’ autonomous robotic UV disinfection demo.

[ Akara Robotics ]

Scientists have computationally predicted lots of of hundreds of novel supplies that could possibly be promising for brand spanking new applied sciences—however testing to see whether or not any of these supplies might be made in actuality is a gradual course of. Enter A-Lab, which makes use of robots guided by synthetic intelligence to hurry up the method.

[ A-Lab ]

We wrote about this analysis from CMU some time again, however right here’s a fairly good video.

[ CMU RI ]

Aw yiss choose and place robots.

[ Fanuc ]

Axel Moore describes his lab’s work in orthopedic biomechanics to alleviate joint ache with robotic help.

[ CMU ]

The sector of humanoid robots has grown lately with a number of corporations and analysis laboratories creating new humanoid programs. Nevertheless, the variety of operating robots didn’t noticeably rise. Regardless of the necessity for quick locomotion to rapidly serve given duties, which require traversing advanced terrain by operating and leaping over obstacles. To supply an summary of the design of humanoid robots with bioinspired mechanisms, this paper introduces the basic capabilities of the human operating gait.

[ Paper ]