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Video Friday: Many Quadrupeds

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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.

HRI 2024: 11–15 March 2024, BOULDER, COLO.
Eurobot Open 2024: 8–11 May 2024, LA ROCHE-SUR-YON, FRANCE
ICRA 2024: 13–17 May 2024, YOKOHAMA, JAPAN

Enjoy today’s videos!

How many quadrupeds can you control with one single locomotion policy? Apparently, the answer is “all of the quadrupeds.”

Look for this at ICRA 2024 in a couple of months!

[ EPFL ]

Thanks, Milad!

Very impressive performance from Figure 01, I think, although as is frequently the case, it’s hard to tell exactly how impressive without more information about exactly what’s going on here.

[ Figure ]

That awesome ANYmal Parkour research is now published, which means that there’s a new video, well worth watching all the way to the end.

[ Science ] via [ ETHZ RSL ]

Robotic vision can be pretty tricky when you’re cooking, because things can significantly change how they look over time, like with melting butter or an egg being fried. Some new research is tackling this, using a (now ancient?) PR2.

[ JSK Lab ]

Thanks, Kento!

Filmed in January of 2020, this video shows Atlas clearing debris and going through a doorway. Uses a combination of simple footstep planning, teleoperation, and autonomous behaviors through a single virtual reality operator interface. Robot built by Boston Dynamics for the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2013.

[ IHMC ]

Sustainable fashion enabled by smart textiles shaped by a robot and a heat gun. Multiple styles, multiple sizes, all in one garment!

[ MIT ]

Video of Boston Dynamics’ Stretch from MODEX, with a little sneak peak at the end of what the robot’s next warehouse task might be.

[ Boston Dynamics ]

Pickle Robots autonomously unload trucks and import containers. The system is in production use at customer warehoues handling floor-loaded freight at human scale or better.

[ Pickle Robot ]

The ROBDEKON robotics competence center is dedicated to the development of robotic systems for hazardous environments that pose a potential risk to humans. As part of the consortium, the FZI Research Center for Information Technology developed robotic systems, technologies, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods that can be used to handle hazardous materials–for example, to sort potentially dangerous used batteries for recycling.

[ FZI ]

This research project with Ontario Power Generation involves adapting Boston Dynamics Spot’s localization system to longterm changes in the environment. During this testing, we mounted a GoPro camera on the back of Spot and took a video of each walk for a year from Spot’s point of view. We put the footage together as a moving time-lapse video where the day changes as Spot completes the Autowalk around the campus.

[ MARS Lab ]

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