Video Friday: TORO Humanoid Robot Learning to Balance, and More

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. 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!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. Humanoid robots spend a lot of time failing at not falling over. Humans are slightly better, because we cheat, by bracing ourselves against things when our balance starts to go wonky.


Integration of Visuomotor Learning, Cognitive Grasping and Sensor-Based Physical Interaction in the UJI Humanoid Torso

AAAI Conferences

We present a high-level overview of our research efforts to build an intelligent robot capable of addressing real-world problems. The UJI Humanoid Robot Torso integrates research accomplishments under the common framework of multimodal active perception and exploration for physical interaction and manipulation. Its main components are three subsystems for visuomotor learning, object grasping and sensor integration for physical interaction. We present the integrated architecture and a summary of employed techniques and results. Our contribution to the integrated design of an intelligent robot is in this combination of different sensing, planning and motor systems in a novel framework.


Video Friday: Science Lab Robot, Will Smith's Android Date, and Soft Robotic Gripper

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. 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!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. As far as I can tell, biologists spend the vast majority of their time moving tiny amounts of liquid around in order to maybe possibly eventually do a little bit of analysis that could lead to some Real Science. Opentrons has announced their OT-2 lab robot, which will enable biologists to instead spend the vast majority of their time simply worrying about whether those tiny amounts of liquid have interesting stuff going on in them or not.


Video Friday: Whiskered Robot, Haptic Jamming, and Humorous Humanoid

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

ICRA is almost over, and we hope you've been enjoying our coverage, which so far has featured robot moths, zipper actuators, machine learning, and duckies. We'll have lots more from the converence over the next few weeks, but for you impatient types, we're cramming Video Friday this week with a painstakingly curated selection of ICRA videos--emphasis on pain: there were nearly 500 videos! We tried to include videos from many different areas of robotics: control, sensing, humanoids, actuators, exoskeletons, manipulators, prosthetics, aerial vehicles, grasping, AI, VR, haptics, vision, and microrobots. We're posting the abstracts along with the videos, but if you have any questions about these projects, let us know and we'll get more details from the authors. Have a great weekend everyone! We present an adaptive filter model of cerebellar function applied to the calibration of a tactile sensory map to improve the accuracy of directed movements of a robotic manipulator.


Video Friday: Professor Ishiguro's New Robot Child, and More

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. 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!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. Don't panic, but Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro has a new very (but not completely) lifelike robot child, which is supposed to be around 10 years old. Okay, panic if you want to.