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Video Friday: Humans Helping Robots

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Till robots obtain 100% autonomy (HA), people are going to want to step in on occasion, and Contoro is growing a system for intuitive, distant human intervention.

[ Contoro ]

Thanks, Youngmok!

A one yr replace of our ongoing challenge with Ontario Energy Era (OPG) and RMUS Canada to research the capabilities of Boston Dynamics’ Spot robotic for autonomous inspection and first response within the energy sector. Highlights of the primary yr of the challenge, that includes the work of Ph.D. scholar Christopher Baird, embody autonomous elevator using and autonomous door opening (together with proxy card entry doorways) as a part of Autowalks, in addition to autonomous firefighting.

[ MARS Lab ]

Groups concerned in DARPA’s Robotic Autonomy in Advanced Environments with Resiliency (RACER) program have one experiment beneath their belts and can concentrate on much more troublesome off-road landscapes at Camp Roberts, California, September 15–27. This system goals to present driverless fight automobiles off-road autonomy whereas touring at speeds that maintain tempo with these pushed by individuals in practical conditions.

[ DARPA ]

Device use has lengthy been a trademark of human intelligence, in addition to a sensible drawback to resolve for an unlimited array of robotic purposes. However machines are nonetheless wonky at exerting simply the correct amount of drive to regulate instruments that aren’t rigidly connected to their palms. To control stated instruments extra robustly, researchers from MIT’s Laptop Science and Synthetic Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), in collaboration with the Toyota Analysis Institute (TRI), have designed a system that may grasp instruments and apply the suitable quantity of drive for a given activity, like squeegeeing up liquid or writing out a phrase with a pen.

[ MIT ]

Cornell researchers put in digital “brains” on solar-powered robots which can be 100 to 250 micrometers in dimension, so the tiny bots can stroll autonomously with out being externally managed.

[ Cornell ]

Researchers on the College of California, San Diego, have developed gentle units containing algae that glow at midnight when experiencing mechanical stress, equivalent to being squished, stretched, twisted or bent. The units don’t require any electronics to gentle up, making them a perfect alternative for constructing gentle robots that discover the deep sea and different darkish environments, researchers stated.

[ UCSD ]

Thanks, Liezel!

Our robotaxi is constructed to face up to a variety of temperatures to make sure that the automobile, and most significantly, its riders are by no means too scorching or too chilly…regardless of the climate. Study extra about our thermal testing within the newest episode of Placing Zoox to the Check.

[ Zoox ]

Thanks, Whitney!

Skydio drones will do a wonderful job of maintaining you in body, no matter occurs.

[ Skydio ]

With the accelerated urbanization on the planet, the event and utilization of the underground area are vital for financial and social growth and the survival of individuals’s lives is vital for all of us. Zhejiang College Huzhou Analysis Institute convened a robotic crew to conduct an underground area unknown setting exploration journey in Yellow dragon cave. DEEP Robotics take part on this fascinated robotic get together and check out the underground challenges, additionally crew up with the drone crew (air-ground robotic) to hunt new collaboration.

[ Deep Robotics ]

The title of this video is “Ion Propulsion Drone Proves Its Industrial Viability,” however it looks like fairly a leap from a 4.5-minute flight to reaching the 15-minute flight with a major payload that might be required for last-mile supply.

[ Undefined Technologies ]

Welcome to this week’s version of “How a lot stuff are you able to cram onto a Husky?”

[ Clearpath ]

Within the Nanocopter AI problem the groups demonstrated the AI they developed for Bitcraze AB’s Crazyflie nanocopters to carry out vision-based impediment avoidance at rising speeds. The drones flew round in our “Cyberzoo,” avoiding a variety of obstacles, from partitions to poles and synthetic crops. The drones had been primarily scored on the gap they coated within the restricted time however might achieve further factors when flying additionally by means of gates.

[ IMAV ]

Watch this drone ship six eggs to an empty discipline!

Sorry, I shouldn’t be so snarky, however I’m nonetheless not offered on the entire city drone supply of groceries factor.

[ Wing ]

Flexiv is happy to announce the launch of its ROS 2 driver to deliver a greater robotic growth expertise for purchasers.

[ Flexiv ]

Northrop Grumman has been pioneering new capabilities within the undersea area for greater than 50 years. Manta Ray, a brand new unmanned underwater automobile, taking its identify from the huge “winged” fish, will want to have the ability to function on long-duration, long-range missions in ocean environments with out want for on-site human logistics help—a singular however vital mission wanted to deal with the advanced nature of undersea warfare.

[ Northrop Grumman ]

Some distinctive footage from drones that aren’t petrified of getting a little bit moist.

[ Blastr ]

Individuals are inclined to overtrust refined computing units, particularly these powered by AI. As these techniques develop into extra absolutely interactive with people through the efficiency of day-to-day actions, moral concerns in deploying these techniques should be extra rigorously investigated. On this discuss, we’ll talk about numerous types of human overtrust with respect to those clever machines and potential methods to mitigate the affect of bias in our interactions with them.

[ Columbia ]

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s success in touchdown the low-cost Mars Pathfinder mission in 1997 was considered as proof that spacecraft might be constructed extra typically and for a lot much less cash—a radical cultural change NASA termed “Quicker, Higher, Cheaper.” The following problem taken on by JPL was to fly two missions to Mars for the value of the one Pathfinder mission. Mars Local weather Orbiter and the Mars Polar Lander each made it to the launchpad, on time and on funds, however had been misplaced upon arrival at Mars, leading to probably the most troublesome intervals within the historical past of JPL. “The Breaking Level” tells the story of the demise of those two missions and the abrupt finish of NASA’s “Quicker, Higher, Cheaper” period.

[ JPL ]



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