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Artificial Snakeskin Helps Robots Get Their Slither On

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Roboticists have been working on snake robots for a long time, primarily with a focus on versatile mobility in constrained spaces. With that in mind, we've seen a variety of limbless robots that can mimic snake "gaits" fairly well. But it's not just the lack of limbs that makes snakes so special--it...


Video Friday: Boston Dynamics, Autonomous Drone, and Robot Drum Man

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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, ...


Robonaut Has Been Broken for Years, and Now NASA Is Bringing It Home

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In February of 2011, NASA launched Robonaut 2 to the International Space Station. It was a huge achievement for the robotics team at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. There had been other robots in space, but Robonaut was the first advanced humanoid to ever go on a mission beyond Earth. On boa...


AI2-THOR Interactive Simulation Teaches AI About Real World

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Training a robot butler to make the perfect omlette could require breaking a lot of eggs and throwing out many imperfect attempts in a real-life kitchen. That's why researchers have been rolling out virtual training grounds as a more efficient alternative to putting AI agents through costly and tim...


Drone Delivery, If Done Right, Could Cut Emissions

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Drone delivery is expected to take off big time in the next few years. Chinese online retailer JD.com has already launched drone delivery in four provinces in China, while DHL and Zipline are delivering medicines with drones in rural and hard-to-reach areas. Amazon, Google, and UPS are all working ...


Skydio Demonstrates Incredible Obstacle-Dodging Full Autonomy With New R1 Consumer Drone

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Almost two years ago, a startup called Skydio posted some video of a weird-looking drone autonomously following people as they jogged and biked along paths and around trees. Even without much in the way of detail, this was exciting for three reasons: First, the drone was moving at a useful speed and...


Modeling Uncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles

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It's not too hard to make a drone that can fly very fast, and it's not too hard to make a drone that can avoid obstacles. Making a drone that can do both at once is much more difficult, but it's necessary in order for them to be real-world useful. At MIT CSAIL, Pete Florence (in Russ Tedrake's lab)...


Video Friday: SpaceX's Double Booster Landing, Drone Taxi, and Robot Haka

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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, ...


You Can't Touch Harvard's New Ambulatory MicroRobot

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My, my, my, my we just got hit, so hard By this robot, from Harvard With sweet, autonomy In its mind to drive and four hype feet It looks good, and we'll bring you now A super dope robot from Beantown And it's known as such: This is a bot, you can't touch. Here's a bit of background on the Harvar...


Cleo Robotics Demonstrates Uniquely Clever Ducted Fan Drone

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At last year's CES, Cleo Robotics was showing prototypes of a palm-sized drone with a design unlike anything we'd ever seen. Shaped like a donut, the Cleo drone is essentially a ducted fan, with a pair of completely enclosed propellers (one on top of the other) and then a camera, battery, and electr...