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by   -   December 19, 2014

From the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI):

Hello Robohub!

Here is our holiday video highlighting some of our robotic capabilities in a fun festive way. Enjoy the holiday from all of us here at the UT Arlington Research Institute!

by   -   December 17, 2014

From the GraspLab at CITEC Bielefeld:

Dear Robohub Team,

Here’s a Christmas-themed video from our institutes bimanual GraspLab with a catchy melody and nerdy robotic voice … 

by   -   December 17, 2014

From ArtiMinds Robotics:

Dear Robohub,

Our robots lights the advent wreath with matchsticks!

by   -   December 16, 2014

Our first holiday robot video of the season is in! From the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich’s Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems:

Dear Robohub- and Robots Podcast-Team,

We are happy to share with you our latest Robotics Christmas video!

Our newest video interview features PhD student Joydeep Biswas, who works with Dr. Manuela Veloso’s CORAL research group, and scientist Brian Coltin, who is at NASA’s Ames Intelligent Research group since graduating from his PhD at Carnegie Mellon under Dr. Manuela Veloso’s supervision.

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ARMin neuro-rehabilitation device.

In this pair of video lectures, Robert Riener presents his team’s research efforts in the field of rehabilitation robotics, and describes the vision behind Cybathlon, the competition for robot-assisted parathletes.

In this interview, Peter Corke gives us a retrospective on the differences between the field of robotics now and when he just started his career 30 years ago, pointing out what strikes him as the most important milestones in robotics in the past 10 years. He goes on to share his view on the role of editorship, and the difference between robotics research papers and articles published in a robotics magazine, as well as his perspective on traditional publishing vs open access publishing.

by   -   October 29, 2014
Orbital Science corp. Antares orb-3, pre-launch (photo: NASA)
Orbital Science corp. Antares orb-3, pre-launch (photo: NASA)

A very unfortunate incident for NASA and the commercial orbital transportation services program took place yesterday. The Antares rocket that was about to send the Cygnus spacecraft on the ISS exploded a few seconds after its launch from NASA’s Wallops flight facilities. No casualties or even small injuries were reported, although the area is being contained and treated with caution. It is a major incident for US spaceflight that breaks a trouble-free period and could have important implications for the private spaceflight sector.

by   -   October 8, 2014

Ant Intelligent Robot (AIR) is a small and powerful mobile robot platform that is designed to be used in a heterogeneous robotic swarm that is currently under development at the Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence and Multi-Agent Systems (AI-MAS) at the University “Politehnica” of Bucharest under the supervision of Prof. Adina Magda Florea. I made this video to depict the major development stages of the project.

by   -   August 14, 2014

Are robots coming for your job, or are they going to make your job easier? We’ve been following this issue since we ran our Robots and Jobs focus series, and there is no doubt that it’s a topic that’s here to stay. Check out these recent videos that are contributing to the robots and jobs discussion. 

by   -   May 23, 2014

A new video promoting this year’s AUTOMATICA event in Munich offers an excellent primer in the state of professional service robotics in Europe. Check out the video here:

by ,   -   March 28, 2014

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What’s with all the quadrotors in auto advertising these days? And what do quadrotor swarms have to do with cars? Probably not much at all, but apparently associating your auto brand with high-performance quads is de rigeur. Subaru is following the lead of Lexus (which launched its quadrotor ad last November), upping the ante by having the driver of the new WRX STI engage in a pas de deux (or should we say, ‘pas de plusieurs?’) with a swarm of 300 LED-lit quadrotors. It makes for some pretty stunning footage, but before you get too excited, unlike the original Lexus ad (which had at least a decent portion of real footage from Kmel’s impressive quads) almost all of the quadrotor eye-candy in the new Subaru ad is CGI. The automaker’s desire to associate themselves with cutting edge technology may be a sign of just how popular quadrotors have become, but is hyper-realistic CGI enhancement inflating consumer’s expectations of what quadrotors can actually do? (see the video below)

by   -   March 4, 2014

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UPDATE 04/03/2014:

In this video update, we show that a quadrocopter can be safely piloted by hand after a motor fails, without the aid of a motion capture system. This follows our previous video, where we demonstrated how a complete propeller failure can be automatically detected, and that a quadrocopter can still maintain stable flight despite the complete loss of a propeller. 

by   -   January 17, 2014

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NASA, MIT and DARPA will host the Fifth Annual Zero Robotics SPHERES Student Challenge today at 7:30am (EST). The event will take place at MIT’s campus in Cambridge, Mass. where student teams from the US and other countries will join NASA, ESA,MIT, DARPA, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, and IT consulting firm Appiro.

by   -   December 25, 2013

Our robot holiday videos for 2012 were such a hit that we decided to do it again this year. Here is the list of robot holiday videos 2013. Thank you for spreading the holiday spirit!