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Video Friday: The Omnicopter, Diving Drones, and Skinless Robot Babies

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your baby-loving Automaton bloggers.

On July 27, 2016, Michigan-based Vayu, Inc., in collaboration with the Stony Brook University Global Health Institute completed the first ever series of long-range, fully autonomous drone delivery flights with blood and stool samples, setting records in the process.

The samples were flown from villages in rural Madagascar to Stony Brook University’s Centre ValBio, a central testing facility located adjacent to Ranamafana National Park, over hilly terrain without any road infrastructure.

The unique ability of Vayu’s delivery drone to take off and land anywhere solves that problem and helps vulnerable rural communities to get the medical care they deserve.

There isn’t a lot of information on these ReefScout robots from Ocean Lab, but it’s very cool to see them swarming, and I’m pretty sure the swarming behavior is autonomous, with a human just providing a single control input:

Strictly speaking (the way we like to speak around here), this remote controlled camera system is almost certainly not a robot, but here it is anyway, because Olympics I guess?

Named QRC-2, each of the 43.8 cm tall dancing machines were controlled from just one mobile phone and they had to dance for a full minute in order to count towards the record total.

Victoria University’s architecture students are experiencing the future of digital fabrication first hand, with the installation of a robot lab, complete with an ABB IRB 6700 industrial robot, in the School of Architecture and Design.

Normally we don’t like to post simulations, but this one is kind offun: it’shighlights from UT Austin’s 19-0 rout of RoboCup 2016 Simulation League, where they scored 88 goals and allowed only 1.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is hosting the first-ever Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation, which gather experts and researchers from across industry, academia, and government for a discussion on different topic areas related to policy, research and development, and technology in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) applications and airspace integration.

Deep Trekker Underwater ROV: Robotics Designed and Constructed for Numerous Purposes

When combined with their built-in reliability and durability, our underwater viewing devices can serve a wide variety of valuable purposes for industries such as aquaculture, infrastructure, energy, military/security/police, shipping, commercial and salvage diving and underwater discovery.

Search and recovery operations: The ROV’s advanced underwater viewing system, including an underwater camera with a monitor, can prove invaluable for locating and retrieving potentially drowned victims or finding individuals quickly in situations where dangerous waters could prevent or delay search teams from entering the water.

Hull inspections: Using the camera on our remote controlled underwater vehicles to perform hull inspections provides a cost-effective preventive maintenance step that can detect signs of minor hull damage before it can become a serious issue.

Offshore wind farm construction: Our remote-controlled underwater drone cameras can assist in the installation and construction of offshore wind farms by enabling the monitoring of divers as they work and performing inspections of newly installed equipment.

MIT Robotic Cheetah

MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding that they've successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah. (Learn more: The MIT Cheetah 2 contains the custom..

Swarm Robots Cooperate with AR Drone

"Spatially Targeted Communication and Self-Assembly," by Nithin Mathews, Anders Lyhne Christensen, Rehan O'Grady, and Marco Dorigo, from Universite Libre de Bruxelles and Instituto Universitario...

Drone Autonomously Avoiding Obstacles at 30 MPH

For more info: Links to the research papers: Andrew J. Barry and Russ Tedrake. Pushbroom Stereo for High-Speed Navigation in..

Building a rope bridge with flying machines

Building a rope bridge with flying machines in the ETH Zurich Flying Machine Arena. The video shows quadrocopters autonomously assembling a rope bridge. This is part of a body of research...

RI Seminar: Kostas Alexis : Autonomous Exploration and Inspection using Aerial Robots

Kostas Alexis Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno October 28, 2016 Autonomous Exploration and Inspection using Aerial Robots Abstract The capacity of aerial robots to autonomously...

Wall-climbing mini robots build "entirely new structures" from carbon fibre

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart have devised a new method of construction using mini robots that they claim is cheap, fast and can create structures that would otherwise be impossible...

Above the Arctic: An Intel Drone Expedition | Intel

One ship. One team. One mission: Help save the polar bears, before it's too late. Our planet's climate is changing fast, and animals like the polar bear are struggling to adapt. That's...

Drone-playing ping pong at IBM Research

We are developing at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center a drone-competition system based on the game of ping pong. The goal of the research is to integrate various hardware and software technologies...

Drone-playing ping pong at IBM Research

We are developing at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center a drone-competition system based on the game of ping pong. The goal of the research is to integrate various hardware and software technologies...

MINIBOT Inspection Robot.m4v

The MINIBOT is a 4 wheel drive video camera designed for inspection, security, surveillance and education/research. This Video demonstrates the MINIBOT Video Inspection Robot. The MINIBOT is...