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Watch This Robot Navigate Like a Rat

Watch This Robot Navigate Like a Rat

Specialized neurons in a rat’s brain may be the key to autonomous robot navigation Rats are nimble navigators, able to find their way around, under, and over obstacles, and through the tightest spaces. Roboticists have long dreamed of giving their creations similar navigation skills. To be useful in the real world, robots must be able(…)

Video Friday: Valkyrie on Rough Terrain, Harvard Arthropods, and Flying Wheeled Robot

Video Friday: Valkyrie on Rough Terrain, Harvard Arthropods, and Flying Wheeled Robot

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: IHMC via YouTube Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): RoboBoat 2017 – June(…)

A Colonoscopy Robot and Other Weird Biomedical Tech From IEEE’s Biggest Robotics Conference

A Colonoscopy Robot and Other Weird Biomedical Tech From IEEE’s Biggest Robotics Conference

Five weird biomedical robots from IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) Image: University of Colorado/ICRA A host of bizarre biomedical robots turned up at ICRA 2017, IEEE’s flagship robotics conference, which took place earlier this month in Singapore. We saw swallowable robots that poke the stomach with needles and worm-like robots that explore the colon.(…)

Four-Armed Marimba Robot Uses Deep Learning to Compose Its Own Music

Four-Armed Marimba Robot Uses Deep Learning to Compose Its Own Music

Georgia Tech’s Shimon has analyzed thousands of songs and millions of music clips, and can now compose completely original music Photo: Georgia TechGeorgia Tech’s Shimon has analyzed thousands of songs and millions of music clips, and can now compose completely original music. The Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, led by Gil Weinberg, has a(…)

Video Friday: Extra Robot Arms, Anti-Drone Drone, and Adorable TurtleBots

Video Friday: Extra Robot Arms, Anti-Drone Drone, and Adorable TurtleBots

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: Embodied Media Project/Keio UniversityHere’s that extra pair of robot arms you’ve always wanted. And how do you control them? With your feet. Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics(…)

A Rocket-Propelled Miniature Robot for Planetary Exploration

A Rocket-Propelled Miniature Robot for Planetary Exploration

With a solid-fuel rocket and internal gyro stabilizer, this little robot can make a highly targeted long-distance leap Photo: Evan Ackerman/IEEE SpectrumWith a solid fuel rocket and internal gyro stabilizer, this little robot can make a highly targeted long-distance leap. In terms of overall bang for your buck, solid-fuel rockets are pretty great: They’re dead(…)

Video Friday: Robot Dance Teacher, Transformer Drone, and Pneumatic Reel Actuator

Video Friday: Robot Dance Teacher, Transformer Drone, and Pneumatic Reel Actuator

The best robot videos of the week, ICRA edition Image: Tohoku University The week is almost over, and so is the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Singapore. We hope you’ve been enjoying our coverage, which has featured aquatic drones, stone-stacking manipulators, and self-folding soft robots. We’ll have lots more from the(…)

Video Friday: DJI Spark Drone, Google Tango, and 18-DOF Hexapod Robot

Video Friday: DJI Spark Drone, Google Tango, and 18-DOF Hexapod Robot

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: DJIDJI’s Spark drone can be launched by hand. Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here’s what we have so far (send us(…)