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.


The advantage of four legs

Robohub

Shortly after SoftBank acquired his company last October, Marc Raibert of Boston Dynamics confessed, "I happen to believe that robotics will be bigger than the Internet." Many sociologists regard the Internet as the single biggest societal invention since the dawn of the printing press in 1440. To fully understand Raibert's point of view, one needs to analyze his zoo of robots which are best know for their awe-striking gait, balance and agility. The newest creation to walk out of Boston Dynamic's lab is SpotMini, the latest evolution of mechanical canines.