Set to be introduced at the IEEE International Conference on Robotic Computing in Italy next month, Golfi is basically a golf robot that can putt like a professional. It does this by utilizing a Microsoft Kinect 3D camera mounted on the ceiling to capture a depth map of the green and that data is then sent to a physics-based model.
Building the world’s largest Xbox Series X requires a lot of work to say the least, but MIT has developed assembler robots that could make the job easier in the future. This fully autonomous. self-replicating robot assembly system will eventually be capable of assembling larger structures as well as planning the best construction sequence.
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science and University of California, Berkeley have developed a low-cost robot dog capable of climbing as well as descending stairs nearly its height. That’s not all, it can also traverse rocky, slippery, uneven, steep and varied terrain, including rocks as well as curbs.
Google’s new robot is getting closer to understanding natural language that humans might use, thanks to the reasoning capabilities of Large Language Models (LLMs) that can now be applied to planning and interaction for robotics. This means that soon, robots will be able to decipher simple phrases, such as ‘when you have a minute, please grab me a drink’, instead of only basic words.
North Carolina State University researchers have developed a manta ray-inspired ‘butterfly bot’ that is now the fastest swimming soft robot yet. They were named as such due to their because their swimming motion mimicking a human’s arms when performing the the butterfly stroke in water as well as having biomechanics inspired by the manta ray.
All of those mouth watering food commercials that you see are actually very expensive to make, despite how simple they look on TV. Business Insider recently took a trip to New York-based The Garage to meet a team behind those commercials. Let’s just say it takes a large crew, complex camera setups, and expensive robots to bring these commercial to life.
OrionStar’s AI-powered 5G robotic coffee master may be years away, but if the VIOLA imitation learning algorithm is used to train basic robotics arms, it may become a reality sooner than later. This object-centric imitation learning approach to learning closed-loop visuomotor policies for robot manipulation can be used to teach a robotic arm to make a cup of coffee using K-cups.
Although not as creepy as these necrobotic robots, TMSK’s SPD1 spider robots aren’t something you want to see roaming around at night or in sewer pipes. This multi-legged pipe inspection robot aims to improve efficiency, thanks to its ability to work in a group. It comes equipped with a 360-degree camera and can be operated remotely with a gaming-style controller.
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Engineered Arts’ Ameca AI humanoid robot previews what random conversations will be like with their Q & A session. One question asked is if Ameca would be your friend, and the answer is an obvious yes. The robot further expands on that answer by saying that exploring a new city, such as Paris, would be a great idea.
IHMC Robotics teamed up with Boardwalk Robotics to develop a next-generation Nadia humanoid robot with a high power-to-weight ratio, and now, the ability to withstand hard shoves while walking on a treadmill. Named after world famous gymnast Nadia Comăneci, this project has a 3-year timeline in which it will be trained to function well in indoor environments, complete with stairs, ladders and more.