AI News, Video Friday: 3D-Printing Drones, Telepresence Robots at Home, and Baxter Does Magic

Video Friday: 3D-Printing Drones, Telepresence Robots at Home, and Baxter Does Magic

This week's Video Friday is going to be a little bit light, probably because a lot of the people who normally post cool stuff (students and research labs) are feverishly working on their PowerPoint presentations ahead of ICRA 2014, which kicks off in just a few Fridays from now.

The foam that the robots put down can repair cracks, works as glue, and can also be piled on top of itself additively, which allows the quadcopter to act as a sort of coarse, flying 3D printer.

All of this currently takes place in a controlled motion-capture environment, but the idea is to transition to onboard sensors, and send the robots out to perform maintenance tasks in areas that are too dangerous (or too far) for humans to get to.

What makes Mirobot unique is its physically open design (which encourages assembly by kids), its ability to draw whatever it does to help illustrate what you program it to do, the fact that it can be accessed via Wi-Fi: it forms its own access point.

Mirobot is already well over 200 percent funded, but you can still get your hands on one for US $85, while contributing towards some interesting stretch goals that include collision detection, line following, and audio output.

Less a magic trick than an intricately choreographed performance, Tempest shows off the robot's sensing technology, safety features and strength, and makes the case for a closer human-robot relationship.