AI News, Video Friday: Tofu Squishing, UAV Tricks, and Robots with Too Many Legs

Video Friday: Tofu Squishing, UAV Tricks, and Robots with Too Many Legs

Sooo, I'm not sure where the rest of the Internet was when we posted aboutEPFL's cheetah-cub robot a freakin' month and a half ago, but EPFL came out with their own video this week, which I suppose you could say went viral.

The Harvard Ambulatory MicroRobot (HAMR) is a 1.3g quadrupedal robot manufactured using the PC-MEMS fabrication process and assembled using techniques inspired by pop-up books.

Using six piezoelectric actuators, HAMR is capable of tethered locomotion up to 37 cm/s using a 70 Hz gait frequency.

Raytheon posted a new (old) video of their Phalanx CIWS (close-in weapon system), which is an impressive piece of hardware, able to toss4,500 armor piercing tungsten rounds at incoming threats every minute.

It's had a few issues, but 30 years of operation is a long, long time, especially for a robot that you'll find on every class of surface ship in the U.S. Navy along with the navies of 24 other nations.

Here's a more recent video of a land-based Phoenix taking out mortars, and as anyone who's ever tried to shoot an incoming mortar round with a bullet from a kilometer away will tell you, this is something that only a robot is going to be able to do, and there simply may not be time for a human to be in the loop.

The 2012 AUVSI Student UAS competition took place this time last year, but AUVSI has just posted the recap video, and it's worth watching if for no other reason than a bunch of the UAVs undergo amusing failures in the way that only robots can, especially when a bunch of other people are watching: