Video Friday: Venus Aerobot

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.

ROSCon 2022: 19–21 October 2022, KYOTO, JAPAN
IROS 2022: 23–27 October 2022, KYOTO, JAPAN
ANA Avatar XPRIZE Finals: 4–5 November 2022, LOS ANGELES
CoRL 2022: 14–18 December 2022, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Enjoy today’s videos!

In July 2022, technologists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California and Near Space Corporation in Tillamook, Ore., carried out two successful flights of an aerial robotic balloon, or aerobot, over Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The prototype is a scaled-down version of an aerobot that could one day take to Venus’ skies, exploring an atmospheric region too low for orbiters.

[ JPL ]

UC Berkeley researchers debut EMBUR (EMerita BUrrowing Robot), a unique robot inspired by Pacific mole crabs. Hannah Stuart, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Ph.D. student Laura Treers demonstrate one of the first legged robots that can self-burrow vertically, the way Pacific mole crabs bury themselves in beach sand.

[ UC Berkeley ]

A full-length documentary on one of the bravest robots to ever roll the Mars? I will watch the crap out of this.

In theaters 4 Nov. and streaming on Amazon Prime Video 23 Nov.

[ Amazon Prime Video ]

The Sapien 6M intelligent manipulator offers speed, dexterity, precision, and strength in a compact, lightweight package. With six degrees of freedom, an optimized strength-to-weight ratio, embedded intelligence, and a sleek hardware design that can withstand extreme temperatures and environmental conditions (IP66), the Sapien robotic arm can be used for a variety of complex outdoor and indoor applications.

[ Sarcos ]

Nothing new from Spot in this video, but it’s always cool to watch it go through doors.

[ NRG ]

For the harvest of small tomatoes the qb SoftHand Industry adapts naturally to the shape and, gently, exerts the appropriate force to be able to perform the assigned task.

[ QB Robotics ]

The next generation of LoCoBot is here. The LoCoBot is a ROS research rover for mapping, navigation and manipulation (optional) that enables researchers, educators and students alike to focus on high level code development instead of hardware and building out lower level code.

[ Trossen ]

If you’re at IROS and have some spare time in Tokyo, the Maid Robot Cafe is now open in Akihabara.

[ RobotStart ]

This week’s CMU RI Seminar is from Ankur Mehta at UCLA, on “Towards $1 Robots.”

Robots are pretty great — they can make some hard tasks easy, some dangerous tasks safe, or some unthinkable tasks possible. And they’re just plain fun to boot. But how many robots have you interacted with recently? And where do you think that puts you compared to the rest of the world’s people? In contrast to computation, automating physical interactions continues to be limited in scope and breadth. I’d like to change that. But in particular, I’d like to do so in a way that’s accessible to everyone, everywhere. In our lab, we work to lower barriers to robotics design, creation, and operation through material and mechanism design, computational tools, and mathematical analysis. We hope that with our efforts, everyone will be soon able to enjoy the benefits of robotics to work, to learn, and to play.

[ CMU RI ]