Video Friday: Sweet Bite Ham Ham

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robot videos collected from your friends at IEEE spectrum Robotics. We will also be releasing a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; Here’s what we have so far (Send us your events!):

ICRA 2022: 23-27 May 2022, Philadelphia
ERF 2022: 28th – 30th June 2022, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
CLAWAR 2022: 12th-14th September 2022, Azores, Portugal

Let us know if you have any suggestions for next week and enjoy today’s videos.

Meet my new favorite robot of all time, Sweet Bite Ham Ham.

It’ll be the best $35 you’ve ever spent when it goes up for sale on a crowdfunding site next week.

[ Campfire ] above [ RobotStart ]

Venus hosts one of the most extreme environments in the solar system. It is constantly shrouded in dense, toxic clouds and its surface is nearly 900 degrees Fahrenheit. Researchers are working on a concept that could change the way we explore the intense environment of Earth’s closest planetary neighbor. Studying Venus will help us better understand why it hosts such an extreme environment and unlock the mysteries of how planets, including Earth, evolved.

[ NASA ]

As workers retire, the construction industry is facing increasing difficulties finding operators for heavy machinery. Faced with this looming shortage, SRI has developed a robotic solution that automates repetitive actions like digging and allows for intuitive remote control for more complex actions. This progressive approach to autonomy will increase the productivity of the remaining workers, create new opportunities for remote workers and encourage new workers to join the industry by making equipment operations safer and more convenient.

[ SRI ]

Thank you Ruben!

We wrote about this malleable structure robot from Imperial College London a few years ago, and now it’s been upgraded with an augmented reality interface to make reconfiguration easier.

[ Paper ]

Thank you Nicolas!

Skyline Robotics has achieved what many other companies have tried but have not perfected. The Israeli company has managed to automate window cleaning for the world’s skyscrapers – a task that has been done manually for over 100 years.

[ Skyline Robotics ]

Introducing the Tiercel MAV: a small, agile, lightweight, and collision-resistant robot powered by a cellphone-grade CPU. Our design uses contact to infer the presence of transparent or reflective obstacles such as glass walls, and integrates touch with visual perception for SLAM.


[ Paper ]

Well, now I want to work at Ascento.

[ Ascento ]

Inspired by animal motion controllers, we propose a simple yet versatile modular neural controller with fast learning for legged robots. This control approach is scalable, analyzable and robust against sensory disturbances, and its learning process is faster than modern locomotion controls. With this approach, a hexapod robot can adaptively climb stairs and walk between two walls, on a pipe, through a tight space, and over uneven terrain.

[ SDU ]

Thanks Poramat!

Interesting leg design for dynamic two-legged humanoids from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

[ Paper ]

Dusty’s FieldPrinter creates all interior work, not just walls. Hear from Southland Industries’ Jesse Sellers and Prime Electric’s Joe Rogers how Dusty creates a single source of truth for the project to get everyone on the same page and allow all trades to work better together.

[ Dusty Robotics ]

I’m not sure how handy they are, but ornithopter robots have always fascinated me.

[ GRVC ]

We tackle the problem of planning a trajectory for a quadrotor in minimal time over a sequence of fixed waypoints in the presence of obstacles, while exploiting the full dynamics of the quadrotor. This issue is critical for autonomous search and rescue and drone racing scenarios, but has so far not been addressed by the robotics community at large due to the challenges of minimizing time given the non-convex constraints of collision avoidance. The proposed method is proven to outperform all associated baselines in cluttered environments and will be further validated in real flights at over 60 km/h in one of the largest motion capture systems in the world.

[ Paper ] above [ UZH RPG ]

Curtis Lucas wrote to share some of his projects: “I own a commercial janitorial business and have had trouble hiring skilled workers and in recent years it’s gotten even more difficult. As a partial solution to my problem, I started building my own commercial cleaning robot. I have no formal training in robotics. I now have robots that sweep floors, vacuum carpets, and mop floors. Priced at less than two thousand dollars, they pay for themselves in a matter of weeks. The robots work autonomously, communicating and updating the staff via a Bluetooth app I created. My current robot is a UVC sterilization robot, which I will use to sterilize examination rooms at our medical customers.”

[ YouTube ]

Thanks Curtis!

In this article, we introduce a real-time full-body planner for collision-free legged mobile manipulation. We enforce both self-collision and environmental collision avoidance as soft constraints within a Model Predictive Control (MPC) scheme that solves a multi-contact optimal control problem. We validate the effectiveness of our framework through a series of hardware experiments involving dynamic mobile manipulation tasks with potential collisions, such as B. Movement compensation with the swing arm, weight throwing and autonomous opening of doors.

[ Paper ]

ARI is now ready to start phase 4 of the pilots at Clinica Humana (Mallorca, Spain) as part of the SHAPES project, where several digital solutions from different partners have been integrated into the robot: face recognition, voice interaction, emotion recognition and video call to a to name a few.

[ PAL Robotics ]

This has to be one of the least meaningful videos I’ve ever seen.

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This video is worth watching for the very lifelike emergency stop on a slippery surface.

[ Paper ]

An upcoming ICRA 2022 paper from AMBER Lab, “Learning Controller Gains on Bipedal Walking Robots via User Preferences”.

[ AMBER Lab ]

A plenary session of Aude Billard’s ROBIO 2021 conference on “Dexterous Manipulation of Objects”.

[ EPFL ]

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