Robot Videos of Week: Robotic Ray, MuddyBot, Robot Penalty Shoot-out

Robot Videos of Week: Robotic Ray, MuddyBot, Robot Penalty Shoot-out

Jul 10, 2016 @ 16:23 | 

RoboCup 2016 SPL Final Penalty Shoot-out

20th RoboCup 2016 was held in Leipzinger Germany from 30th June to 4th July 2016. More than 1200 robots competed in robot soccer competition. The competitions have demonstrated once more the enormous growth taking place in the robotics. The final of Standard Platform League was tied and winner was decided by penalty shoot-out. German team B-Human won the final with 3-0.

Robotic ray is part animal, part machine

Bio-Inspired researchers have designed a miniature bio-hybrid robotic ray that could help our understanding of the heart.

Robotic ray is neither fully living animal nor fully artificial robot; it is the hybrid of both. It has an elastomeric body enclosing a micro-fabricated gold skeleton (non living) with rat heart muscle cells – cardiomyocytes (living). Researchers created this hybrid system to understand the structure and control of heart cells; this could lead to create artificial heart. This may a small step toward Synthetic Cognition. Read further:

Light-Powered Molecular Motors for Molecular Robots

Scientists at Japan’s Hokkaido University have developed light-powered molecular motors that repetitively bend and unbend, bringing us closer to molecular robots.

Researchers are working on mimicking cellular systems to develop molecular motors that can move or even deliver drugs to target tissues. Engineering such motors may ultimately lead to molecular robots that can execute more complex tasks.

MuddyBot: How the First Land Animals Moved 360 Million Years Ago

When early terrestrial animals began moving about on mud and sand 360 million years ago, the powerful tails they used as fish may have been more important than scientists previously realized. That’s one conclusion from a new study of African mudskipper fish and a robotic model inspired by the animal. Animals analogous to the mudskipper would have used modified fins to move around on flat surfaces, but for climbing sandy slopes, the animals needed to use their tails to propel themselves forward, the researchers found.

Light powered molecular motors for molecular Robot

Scientists at Japan’s Hokkaido University have developed light-powered molecular motors that repetitively bend and unbend, bringing us closer to molecular robots.

Researchers are working on mimicking cellular systems to develop molecular motors that can move or even deliver drugs to target tissues. Engineering such motors may ultimately lead to molecular robots that can execute more complex tasks.

Dexterous Manipulation “twirl”

JumpRoACH : A Milli-Scale Height-Adjustable Jumping Mechanism and Its Application to Jumping-Crawling Robot (ICRA 2016).

A collaborative project between Seoul National University BioRobotics Lab and UC Berkeley Biomimetic Millisystems Lab.

Traveling With Robots | Louis Black | TEDx

What’s in your suitcase? Titled as the Minister of Fun, Antonio Delgado integrates robotics and education in his travels to developing countries to spread enthusiasm for science and technology.

Louis Black is the co-founder and current editor of the Austin Chronicle, the co-founder and current director of South by Southwest, and a founding board member of the Austin Film Society. Currently, Louis is the founding partner of the film consultation firm, Production for Use, and has directed his first documentary, which is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. Black resides in Austin with his partner, Sandy, and his son Eli.

ABB Robotics Value Provider Event Wuhan 2016

ABB Robotics Asian Annual Value Provider Conference was held in Wuhan in 2016. The event highlighted ABB Robotics’ new technologies and recognized the invaluable contribution of our value providers.

Synchronized quadcopters using VICON cameras

MINOTAUR & Husky UGV

Charles River Analytics and their teammate, 5D Robotics, are developing an intuitive soldier-machine interface for controlling robotic leader-follower systems in small team operations. The Multi-modal Interface for Natural Operator Teaming with Autonomous Robots, or MINOTAUR, fuses multiple proven leader-tracking and robot control technologies to provide a reliable, hands-free interface for Warfighters operating in challenging environments.

They chose the Husky UGV as the mobile plaform for testing MINOTAUR in the field.

iRobot Roomba 800 Series Vacuuming Robot Overview

DHL and Collaborative Robots: A Commitment to Innovation | Rethink Robotics

Ms. Lee, Vice President Innovation of DHL Asia Pacific is talking about plans for collaborative robots Baxter and Sawyer in packaging and logistics.

REEM – FIE 2016 | PAL Robotics

REEM at the Foro da Innovación para o Emprego 2016 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

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