AI News, Video Friday: Insectobots on the Run, Drones Dodge Fireworks, and Robots Dance with Sheets

Video Friday: Insectobots on the Run, Drones Dodge Fireworks, and Robots Dance with Sheets

The biggest robot news of the week seemed to be this 3D printed phone password cracker.

Android's default lockscreen behavior is 30 seconds of wait every 5 wrong guesses.

Drones dodging fireworks is an excellent example of how you can take two things that are lots of fun and put them together to make something that is exponentially more fun:

The theme of robots not stealing our jobs and instead makingmanufacturing bigger and strongeris something we've been hearing lots about this year.

We've heard that the DASH Robotics Kickstarter will be firing up soon, and we can't wait to get our hands on one of these little guys.

For those of you who like their martinis shaken, not stirred, and very very very very large, OMC presents this 700-kilogram capacity multi-axis industrial

It's become obligatory that every week we feature footage from a drone that would be impossible to get any other way.

I don't have a heck of a lot on this video (yet), but it shows some research from ETH Zurich and MIT into cooperative transport of deformable objects.

The fact that the objects are deformable means that the robots carrying them can alter their trajectories and velocities independently (within limits), giving them more flexibility for things like obstacle avoidance, which, in the case of the demo video below, appears to be a rampaging Roomba:

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