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South Korea is developing nature-inspired military surveillance robots

Daily Mail - Science & tech

South Korea is developing robots that mimic wildlife adapted for all environments on Earth for military warfare. The nature inspired technology, known as biomimetics, will form part of the country's future weapons systems and help its soldiers in battles. Robot designs inspired by birds, snakes and marine species aim to cover both surveillance and combat via sea, land and sky. It is an attempt to catch up with neighbouring countries such as China and Russia who have made huge advances in the application of the technology, said a defence agency personnel. South Korea is developing a range of robots that mimic wildlife adapted for all environments on Earth for military warfare.


'Virtually indestructible' four-legged cheetah robot can perform 360-degree backflips

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A robot the size of a small dog can perform a back-flip with same the agility of a champion gymnast. Dubbed the'mini cheetah', the four-legged automaton is virtually indestructible, according to its creators. The robot walks at double the speed of an average person and can easily run through bumpy, uneven terrain. Its has flexible metal limbs that provide stability and flexibility and it can quickly pull itself up with a swing of its'elbows' if it ever falls over. A new mini-robot the size of a small dog has the agility of a champion gymnast and can perform a 360-degree backflip.


The internet loves these photos of a dog "working" on a tiny MacBook Air next to his human

Mashable

We all can use a little help at work sometimes, even if that help is just a little fur-covered moral support. YouTuber Meghan Camarena took helper pets to the next level by giving her doggo an actual mini Apple MacBook Air toy so her four-legged buddy could feel like he was pitching in. SEE ALSO: The'Dog Whisperer' reveals if punishments are effective for doggy training This might be the cutest office dog picture you've seen. I bought a mini toy laptop for my dog. So he can at least look like he's helping support this family.


Video Friday: MIT's Mini Cheetah Robot, 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. Impressive new video of MIT's Mini Cheetah doing backflips, and failing to do backflips, which is even cuter. MIT'S new mini cheetah robot is the first four-legged robot to do a backflip.


MIT shows off 'virtually indestructible' mini cheetah robots in new video

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology put on a spectacular show with a pack of mini cheetah robots the campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Researchers behind the small quadrupedal robots shared a video online of these mechanical animals running, jumping and even kicking around a soccer ball. The cheetahs are shown frolicking through an area of the college campus, while being controlled by a human. The machines perform a synchronized dance, where they show their gymnastic abilities and then they all join in a game of soccer. 'Eventually, I'm hoping we could have a robotic dog race through an obstacle course, where each team controls a mini cheetah with different algorithms, and we can see which strategy is more effective,' Kim said.