July 3, 2020

The Old Guard review on Netflix: Same old story for Charlize Theron – CNET

Charlize Theron kicks ass again, this time armed with eternal life and a full clip of action movie cliches. Source: Reviews – https://www.cnet.com/rss/
July 3, 2020

Video Friday: Quadruped Robot HyQ Learning the Ninja Walk

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 few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): RSS 2020 – July 12-16, 2020 – [Virtual Conference] CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – [Virtual Conference] ICUAS 2020 – September 1-4, 2020 – Athens, Greece ICRES 2020 – September 28-29, 2020 – Taipei, Taiwan IROS 2020 – October 25-29, 2020 – Las Vegas, Nevada ICSR 2020 – November […]
July 2, 2020

Festo's New Bio-Inspired Robots Include a Feathery Bionic Bird

I’ve completely lost track of time over the past couple of months (it’s been months, right?), but somehow, the folks over at Festo have held it together well enough to continue working on their Bionic Learning Network robots. Every year or two, Festo shows off some really quite spectacular bio-inspired creations, including robotic ants and butterflies, hopping kangaroos, rolling spiderbots, flying penguins and flying jellyfish, and much more. This year, Festo is demonstrating two new robots: BionicMobileAssistant (a “mobile robot system with pneumatic gripping hand”), and BionicSwift, […]
July 2, 2020

Team develops remote specimen collection robot

The Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM) under the Ministry of Science and ICT developed a remote specimen collection robot that eliminates direct contact between medical personnel and patients. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
July 2, 2020

Preparing to be Acquired: COVID-19 Has Inspired Small Manufacturers to Embrace Robotics

Every position is being assessed by small manufacturers. Jobs that can be replaced with robots make the company more attractive for a potential buyer. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
July 2, 2020

GoBe Robots Launches New Telepresence Robot to Reduce CO2 Emissions by Thousands of Tons

Blue Ocean Robotics’ subsidiary GoBe Robots announces a new generation of its climate-friendly telepresence robots with significant demand driven by COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
July 2, 2020

Hamilton on Disney Plus review: A heartwarming hybrid of play and movie – CNET

The film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit isn’t exactly like going to the theater, but it still delivers a theatrical thrill. And at far less the cost. Source: Reviews – https://www.cnet.com/rss/
July 1, 2020

Jellyfish-inspired soft robots can outswim their natural counterparts

Engineering researchers at North Carolina State University and Temple University have developed soft robots inspired by jellyfish that can outswim their real-life counterparts. More practically, the new jellyfish-bots highlight a technique that uses pre-stressed polymers to make soft robots more powerful. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
July 1, 2020

Jellyfish-inspired soft robots can outswim their natural counterparts

Engineering researchers have developed soft robots inspired by jellyfish that can outswim their real-life counterparts. More practically, the new jellyfish-bots highlight a technique that uses pre-stressed polymers to make soft robots more powerful. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
July 1, 2020

Why We Need Robot Sloths

An inherent characteristic of a robot (I would argue) is embodied motion. We tend to focus on motion rather a lot with robots, and the most dynamic robots get the most attention. This isn’t to say that highly dynamic robots don’t deserve our attention, but there are other robotic philosophies that, while perhaps less visually exciting, are equally valuable under the right circumstances. Magnus Egerstedt, a robotics professor at Georgia Tech, was inspired by some sloths he met in Costa […]