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Until the bots achieve 100% autonomy (HA), humans will need to intervene from time to time, and Contoro is developing a system for remote, intuitive human intervention.
[ Contoro ]
Thank you Youngmok!
A one-year update of our ongoing project with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and RMUS Canada to investigate the capabilities of the Boston Dynamics robot for independent inspection and first response in the energy sector. Highlights of the first year of the project, featuring doctoral student Christopher Bird’s work, include autonomous elevator rides and independent door opening (including agent card access doors) as part of Autowalks, as well as autonomous firefighting.
[ MARS Lab ]
Teams participating in the DARPA Robotic Independence in Complex Resilient Environments (RACER) program have one experience under their belts and will focus on the toughest off-road landscapes in Camp Roberts, California, September 15-27. The program aims to give driverless combat vehicles autonomy off-road while traveling at speeds that match those driven by people in real-world situations.
[ DARPA ]
The use of tools has long been a hallmark of human intelligence, as well as a practical problem for solving a wide range of robotic applications. But the machines are still unwilling to exert the right amount of force to control tools that are not tightly attached to their hands. To manipulate said tools more powerfully, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) Laboratory, in collaboration with the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), have designed a system that can accommodate the tools and apply the appropriate amount of force for a particular task, such as scanning a liquid or writing a word By.
[ MIT ]
Cornell researchers have installed electronic “brains” on solar-powered robots that are between 100 and 250 micrometers in size, so that the small robots can walk autonomously without being controlled externally.
[ Cornell ]
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed soft devices containing algae that glow in the dark when subjected to mechanical stress, such as pressure, stretching, twisting or bending. The researchers said the devices don’t require any electronics to light up, making them an ideal option for building soft robots that explore the deep sea and other dark environments.
[ UCSD ]
Our motorized taxi is designed to withstand a range of temperatures to ensure that the vehicle and, most importantly, its passengers are never too hot or too cold…no matter the weather. Learn more about our thermal testing in the latest episode of Putting Zoox to the Test.
[ Zoox ]
Skydio drones will do an excellent job of keeping you in frame no matter what.
[ Skydio ]
With the accelerating urbanization of the world, the development and use of underground space are important for economic and social development and the survival of people’s lives is important to all of us. Huzhou Research Institute of Zhejiang University has held a robotics team to conduct an adventure exploring the unknown environment of underground space in Yellow Dragon Cave. DEEP Robotics participates in this amazing robot party and experiences underground challenges, and also collaborates with the drone team (aerial-ground robot) to search for a new collaboration.
[ Deep Robotics ]
The title of this video is “Ion Propulsion Drone Proving Commercial,” but it seems like a huge leap from a 4.5-minute flight to a 15-minute flight with a large payload that would be required for last-mile delivery.
Welcome to this week’s edition of “How Much Can You Crumble on a Husky?”
[ Clearpath ]
In the Nanocopter AI Challenge, the teams demonstrated the AI they developed for Bitcraze AB’s Crazyflie nanoplanes to perform vision-based obstacle avoidance at increasing speeds. Drones circled our “Cyberzoo”, dodging a range of obstacles, from walls to poles and artificial plants. Drones are primarily scored on the distance traveled in the limited time but can earn extra points when flying through the gates as well.
[ IMAV ]
Watch this drone deliver six eggs to an empty field!
Sorry, I shouldn’t be too arrogant, but I’m still not sold on fully urban drone delivery of groceries.
[ Wing ]
Flexiv is pleased to announce the release of the ROS 2 driver to deliver a better robot development experience for customers.
[ Flexiv ]
Northrop Grumman has pioneered new capabilities in the subsea domain for more than 50 years. Manta Ray, a new unmanned underwater vehicle, which takes its name from the massive “winged” fish, will need to be able to operate on both long-range and long-range missions in ocean environments without the need for human on-site logistical support – a unique but important mission Essential to address the complex nature of undersea warfare.
[ Northrop Grumman ]
Some unique shots from drones that aren’t afraid to get a little wet.
[ Blastr ]
People tend to over-trust high-end computing devices, especially those powered by artificial intelligence. As these systems become more fully interacting with humans while performing daily activities, the ethical considerations in deploying these systems must be investigated more carefully. In this talk, we will discuss different forms of human overconfidence regarding these intelligent machines and possible ways to mitigate the effect of bias in our interactions with them.
[ Columbia ]
JPL’s success in landing a low-cost Mars Pathfinder mission in 1997 is seen as evidence that spacecraft can be built often and for much less money—a radical cultural change that NASA has dubbed “faster, better, and cheaper.” JPL’s next challenge was to send two missions to Mars for the cost of a single Pathfinder mission. The Mars Climate Orbiter and Mars Polar Lander reached the launch pad, on time and on budget, but got lost on their arrival on Mars, ushering in one of the most difficult periods in JPL history. “The Breaking Point” tells the story of the demise of these two missions and the abrupt end of the NASA era of “faster, better, and cheaper.”
[ JPL ]