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Video: Why Boston Dynamics is Building a Super Robot Army

Changing your idea of what robots can do – that’s the slogan of Boston Dynamics. Founded in 1992 by Marc Raibert as a spin-off company from MIT, its early days were spent making training videos for the navy. Only later did the company begin delving into the world of robots – amassing a level of expertise unsurpassed throughout the industry.

In fact, Boston Dynamics’s achievements look like the opening montage from a science fiction movie. Starting with the cumbersome BigDog – a quadruped robot designed for the military – the company has seen each new generation of robots surpass the last in a relentless fashion. Sometimes their announcements leave you a little more unnerved than impressed.

What was once the realm of speculation is now being shipped from Boston Dynamics’ factories on a weekly basis. All the while, the robots move ever closer in the resemblance of their human creators.

In this video, I’ll explore the staggering rise of this revolutionary robotics company, taking an in-depth look at their growing super robot army.

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Video: Boston Dynamics Atlas Humanoid Robots Do Parkour

Parkour, an athletic activity is the perfect sandbox for the Atlas team at Boston Dynamics to experiment with new behaviors.

In this video the humanoid robots demonstrate their whole-body athletics, maintaining its balance through a variety of rapidly changing, high-energy activities.

Through jumps, balance beams, and vaults, developers demonstrate how they push Atlas to its limits to discover the next generation of mobility, perception, and athletic intelligence.

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Video: Disinfection Robot

This autonomous disinfection robot utilises a combination of automatic robot programming, autonomous navigation and obstacle avoidance, sensor-based robot control, and novel drives and structure to achieve effective disinfection within a short period.

Its robot arm brings the UVC light close to the object’s surface while maintaining a proper distance to achieve 99.5% disinfection in just a few seconds, which allows fast disinfection of a large area.

The user-friendly graphical user interface enables a user to select disinfection area based on video images and automatically generate robot trajectories to perform the disinfection operation. The invention was developed by Professor Ning Xi from the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering of HKU.

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Video: Robots Take Over Kitchen and Bar Work at Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

The eye-catching setup has a drawn a lot of attention, with plates of food descending from the ceiling to diners below.

A large bank of turning cylinders cook your order, before tipping it onto a plate. That’s then picked up by a pulley and taken to a robot that runs along tracks hanging from the ceiling until it reaches its target table.

And if you need a cocktail after a hard day hiking around the gigantic media centre, a robot arm is ready to shake it for you.

But a waiter is on hand for the final move of placing your drink on the counter.

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Video: Musicians, Dancers, and Robots Unite for Disruptive Collaboration While Improving Human-robot Trust

Researchers from Georgia Tech and collaborators from Kennesaw State University have found that embedding emotion-driven sounds and gestures in robotic arms help establish trust and likability between humans and their AI counterparts.

With National Science Foundation funding, Georgia Tech music technology researchers have programmed a “FOREST” of improvising robot musicians and dancers who interact with human partners.

The results of their research have been conditionally accepted for publication in the open-access journal, Frontiers in Robotics and AI.

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Chart: Global Spending on Service Robots Rose in 2020

Source : Bloomberg

Robot Prints Custom Design Inside Drinks

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We’ve seen 3D printers create cake decorations, personalized vitamins, and even cultured beef. And now, thanks to Print a Drink’s robot, we’ve seen custom designs printed inside a cocktail. You might think such beverage witchcraft would be impossible. I mean, how could a design be suspended and hold its shape in anything other than a jello shot? Turns out it just takes the right drink, the right droplet and the precision of a robotic arm.

Based in Austria, Print a Drink has actually been around for three years. It was started by Benjamin Greimel as a university research project. Since that time, Print a Drink has created two working robots (one in the U.S. and one in Europe) that up until the pandemic would travel to special events and conferences printing out custom designs inside drinks at parties and such.

So how does it work? Print a Drink uses a robotic arm with a custom-made printer head attached to it. The robot uses a glass needle to inject a food-grade, oil-based liquid inside a drink. The drink itself needs to be less than 40 percent alcohol and can’t be a straight shot of something like vodka or whiskey because the injected beads won’t hold and will float to the surface. Greimel explained to me via video chat this week that the combination of liquid density, temperature and robotic movement allow the designs to last for roughly 10 minutes before dissipating.

Coordinating all those puzzle pieces is complicated to say the least. In addition to setting up the robot at an event and operating it, there are specific requirements around drinks that can be used, and designs need to be uploaded into the robot. Plus, there are safety concerns because the robotic arm does move about pretty quickly. Because of all those reasons, Print a Drink’s business has been around renting the robot ($2,500 – $5,000, depending on the event) and not selling them outright. In addition to all of the complications above, staff would need to be trained properly on how to use the machine, and chances are good that the people operating the devices are not roboticists who can troubleshoot.

To make Print a Drink more accessible, Greimel and his partner (the only two people at the company) have developed a smaller, self-contained version of the robot that is roughly the size of a countertop coffee machine. But don’t expect a consumer version for your next backyard soirée. This smaller version is still complicated, and still requires training, so the company is targeting large corporations like Disney or a hotel chain like Hilton where it could be installed and used for special events or promotions. Greimel said the first prototype of this smaller Print a Drink will be available in the next week.

Though more specialized, Print a Drink is part of a bigger automation movement happening with booze right now. In addition to robot-powered bars like Glacierfire popping up, we’re also seeing automated drink dispensing vending machines from Rotender and Celia start to hit the market. It’s not hard to see all of these types of robots working in tandem, however, with a robo-bartender pumping out standard cocktails, while Print a Drink prints up specialty drinks customized for special occasions. We’ll drink to that.

Source: The Spoon

Video: The Autonomous Weeder – Eliminates Weeds with Lasers

Carbon Robotics is pioneering the next revolution in agriculture through the deployment of autonomous robots.

The Autonomous Weeder leverages robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and laser technology to safely and effectively drive through crop fields to identify, target and eliminate weeds.

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Video: Introducing AlphaDog – An Affordable Alternative to Boston Dynamics’ Four-legged Spot Robot

Like a real dog, AlphaDog is your loyal friend and it follows your orders and tries to accomplish the commanded tasks autonomously. It plays happily with you, and you can explore a whole lot of possibilities with it.

With proper integration of currently available technologies like AI, IoT, 5G, AR/VR, Autonomous Driving, Swarm Intelligence, etc., it can be assigned to safeguard people and properties, patrol parks and communities, guide a blind person, deliver packages to your front door, inspect factories or dangerous places, do rescue missions, or even do humanitarian demining to save lives.

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Video: Stretch Warehouse Robot

Meet Stretch, a prototype of a new robot designed to automate box moving tasks in warehouses and distribution centers. Stretch’s mobile base allows it to go to where repetitive box lifting is required – unloading trucks, building pallets of boxes and order building. Stretch makes warehouse operations more efficient and safer for workers.

Stretch’s technology builds upon decades of advancements in robotics to create a flexible, easily integrated solution that can be deployed in any warehouse.

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