Even though we do our best to bring you a solid 52 Video Fridays every year (which works out to over 1,000 robot videos annually), we can't manage to post everything, and sometimes, we miss out on some awesome stuff. That's just one of the reasons why we always look forward to the Robot Film Festival, and the 2018 event took place in July in Portland, Ore. I showed up and gave a talk (most of which you can see in this article), and then found a seat and watched the film selections. As always, there was an impressive amount of really, really good robot videos that I'd never seen before. The videos have all been posted online, and we've picked out a few of the happiest, saddest, scariest, and cleverest to share.
If you've ever watched a YouTube video of a Boston Dynamics robot, you probably remember it. But you may not know what the videos leave out. Millions of people have watched the humanoid Atlas jogging through a field, or the intimidating, 6.5-foot-tall Handle zip back and forth swiftly (and ominously) on wheeled legs. Then there's the dog-like SpotMini dexterously opening a door -- a machine so unsettling it inspired a nightmarish episode of the TV show "Black Mirror" last year. All of these robots are real, but the videos can sometimes be misleading.
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. If you've ever wondered why Cassie continually takes steps like she's walking across something hot, this video will make sense to you: I hope that cost isn't all in the feet, because those might be slightly more compliant than they were before. If you need some hot foot relief, here's a video of MARLO walking uphill in the snow, just like I used to on my way to and from school.