Boston Dynamics came out with the BigDog over a decade ago, and now, China has their own version. China Central Television showcased a new yak robot that is reported to be the world’s largest and heaviest yet, with enough power to carry a 352-pounds load. Despite its massive size, it can hit a top speed of 6.2 mph, which is definitely fast enough for the battlefield. Stuck on rocks or uneven terrain? The yak can even jump or dash over these areas with ease. Read more for a video and additional information.
ANYmal, a quadruped robot dog developed by researchers at ETH Zurch, successfully learned how to hike over a steep mountain in the Swiss Alps without any human intervention. It managed to figure out how to walk over any terrain by combining data from what its sensors can see with existing knowledge of the surroundings, just like humans or other animals. In the future, the team hopes that it can be used to reach areas that are too dangerous or inaccessible to humans. Read more for two videos and additional information.
With the first 1,000-units priced at just $1,575 USD, Xiaomi’s CyberDog quadruped robot is a far more affordable version of Boston Dynamics’ $70,000+ USD Spot. Despite the far lower price tag, it’s still powered by NVIDIA’s Jetson Xavier NX platform, which is an AI supercomputer that includes 384 CUDA cores, 48 tensor cores, 6 Carmel ARM CPUs, and 2 deep learning acceleration engines. It uses an 11 high-precision sensor suite, including touch sensors, cameras, ultrasonic sensors, GPS modules, and more, for instant feedback to guide its movements. Read more for two videos, including a head-to-head comparison with Spot.
Could Facebook be planning to build a Westworld-like theme park in the near future? Maybe not, but a strange patent for a “Mechanical Eyeball 100” was recently uncovered and it’s basically a robotic eye designed to resemble its human counterpart, complete with two rotational axes that intersect at a center point. For those who have never seen the Westworld TV series, it revolves around a fictional, technologically advanced Wild-West-themed amusement park populated by android “hosts”. Read more for another picture and additional information.
There may be robots that look like humans, but the one thing all of those don’t get right are the human facial expressions. Bioengineers at the Pisa University and Gustav Hoegen, an FX artist for Biomimic, aim to change that. They are currently working on a humanoid robot, called Abel, that comes equipped with the technology to react to human emotions by analyzing parameters such as voice frequency or thermal changes on the skin visible in infrared or heartbeat frequency. Read more for a video and additional information.
Beyond Imagination’s Beomni is touted as one of the world’s most advanced general-purpose humanoid robots, thanks to an evolving “AI Brain” that enables it to assist its human pilot in performing a multitude number of tasks. One example would be performing scientific experiments in challenging environments like microgravity. This means its human pilot can remain safely on the ground, while leveraging Beomni’s low-latency remote video feed and natural controls. Read more for two videos, including an in-depth look from CES 2022, and additional information.
Engineered Arts’ Ameca became an internet sensation ahead of the AI humanoid robot’s appearance at CES 2022 (Booth 62502 & 62524) in Las Vegas this week, but now that we’ve seen more, it’s creepier than ever. This creation is the culmination of 20 years of increasing robotics innovation, thanks to groundbreaking advancements in movement, natural gestures, intelligent interaction, and a future-proof software system designed to embrace artificial intelligence as well as computer vision. Read more for the video and additional information.
Inventor Handy Geng from China is known for some incredible builds using recyclable waste as well as scrap metal, and his latest build is definitely no slouch. This functional security patrol mech robot may look a little rough at first, but it’s definitely more than meets the eye. The idea for this came about when his uncle came to visit and seeing that he’s a bit older, the idea for this mech suit came about. Read more for a video and a bonus.
Unitree Technology unveiled a new robotic arm, the Z1, for its quadruped robots and thankfully, it doesn’t require The Force to use. It can quickly be installed on the head of the robot, and be used to pick up objects, open / close doors, pour drinks, fastening screws, or even for a lighsaber duel. The company is not limiting its use to just industrial applications, as it’s also engineered for industrial use. Read more for a video and additional information.
A real-life cheetah has no problems dashing across a rolling field or jumping over sudden gaps in the rugged terrain, but trying to replicate these movements with a robot isn’t the easiest of tasks. However, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) may have solved this issue with a new control system. Read more for a video and additional information.