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Video Friday: Floppybot – IEEE Spectrum

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Your weekly collection of superior robotic movies

Video Friday is your weekly collection of superior robotics movies, collected by your pals at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We additionally put up a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics occasions for the following few months. Please ship us your occasions for inclusion.

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Enjoy immediately’s movies!

This magnetically actuated mushy robotic is probably barely a robotic by most definitions, however I can’t cease watching it flop round.


In this work, Ahmad Rafsanjani, Ahmet F. Demirörs, and co‐employees from SDU (DK) and ETH (CH) introduce kirigami right into a mushy magnetic sheet to attain bidirectional crawling below rotating magnetic fields. Experimentally characterised crawling and deformation profiles, mixed with numerical simulations, reveal programmable movement by modifications in minimize form, magnet orientation, and translational movement. This work presents a easy method towards untethered mushy robots.

[ Paper ] by way of [ SDU ]

Thanks, Ahmad!

Winner of the earliest vacation video is the LARSEN staff at Inria!


[ Inria ]

Thanks, Serena!

Even although that is only a rendering, I actually recognize Apptronik being like, “we’re into the humanoid factor, however generally you simply don’t want legs.”


[ Apptronik ]

We’re not allowed to debate unmentionables right here at IEEE Spectrum, so I can solely let you know that Digit has began working in a warehouse dealing with, uh, issues.

[ Agility ]

Unitree’s sub-$90k H1 Humanoid struggling some abuse in a non-PR video.

[ Impress ]

Unlike me, ANYmal can carry out 24/7 in all climate.

[ ANYbotics ]

Most of the world might want to activate subtitles for this, nevertheless it’s cool to see how industrial robots can be utilized to make artwork.

[ Kuka ]

I used to be solely 12 when this episode of Scientific American Frontiers aired, however I completely bear in mind Alan Alda assembly Flakey!

And right here’s the phase, it’s fairly nice.

[ SRI ]

Agility CEO Damion Shelton talks in regards to the hierarchy of robotic management and attracts similarities to the method of driving a horse.

[ Agility ]

Seeking to instill college students with real-life workforce expertise by hands-on studying, academics at Central High School in Louisville, Ky., included Spot into their curriculum. For college students at CHS, a magnet faculty for Jefferson County Public Schools district, getting expertise with an industrial robotic has sparked a ardour for engineering and robotics, kickstarted development into college engineering applications, and constructed lifelong profession expertise. See how college students be taught to function Spot, program new behaviors for the robotic, and encourage their friends with the varsity’s “emotional assist robotic” and unofficial mascot.

[ Boston Dynamics ]

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