Video Friday: Baby Clappy

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.

RSS 2022: 21 June–1 July 2022, NEW YORK CITY
ERF 2022: 28 June–30 June 2022, ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
RoboCup 2022: 11 July–17 July 2022, BANGKOK
IEEE CASE 2022: 20 August–24 August 2022, MEXICO CITY
CLAWAR 2022: 12 September–14 September 2022, AZORES, PORTUGAL
ANA Avatar XPRIZE Finals: 4 November–5 November 2022, LOS ANGELES
CoRL 2022: 14 December–18 December 2022, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Enjoy today’s videos!

The secret to making a robot is to pick one thing and do it really, really well. And then make it smaller and cheaper and cuter!

Not sure how much Baby Clappy is going to cost quite yet, but listen for it next year.

[ Baby Clappy ]

Digit is capable of navigating a wide variety of challenging terrain. Robust dynamic stability paired with advanced perception capabilities enables Digit to maneuver through a logistics warehouse environment or even a stretch of trail in the woods. Today Digit took a hike in our own back yard, along the famous Pacific Crest Trail.

[ Agility Robotics ]

Match of Tech United versus the ladies from Vitória SC during the European RoboCup 2022 in Guimarães, Portugal. Note that the ladies intentionally tied against our robots, so we could end the game in penalties.

[ Tech United ]

Franka Production 3 is the force sensitive robot platform made in Germany, an industry system that ignites productivity for everyone who needs industrial robotics automation.

[ Franka ]

David demonstrates advanced manipulation skills with the 7-DoF arm and fully articulated 5-finger hand using a pipette. To localize the object, we combine multi-object tracking with proprioceptive measurements. Together with path planning, this allows for controlled in-hand manipulation.


DEEP Robotics has signed a strategic agreement with Huzhou Institute of Zhejiang University for cooperating on further research to seek various possibilities in drones and quadruped.

[ Deep Robotics ]

Have you ever wondered if that over-the-counter pill you took an hour ago is helping to relieve your headache? With NSF’s support, a team of Stanford University mechanical engineers has found a way to target drug delivery…to better attack that headache. Meet the millirobots. These finger-sized, wireless, origami inspired, amphibious robots could become medicines future lifesaver.

[ Zhao Lab ]

Engineers at Rice University have developed a method that allows humans to help robots “see” their environments and carry out tasks. The strategy called Bayesian Learning IN the Dark—BLIND, for short—is a novel solution to the long-standing problem of motion planning for robots that work in environments where not everything is clearly visible all the time.

[ Rice ]