AI News, Video Friday: Unstoppable Drones, Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot, and Nao Is a Chatterbox

Video Friday: Unstoppable Drones, Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot, and Nao Is a Chatterbox

We've got 153 sessions on our schedule for IROS alone, and iREX (which only happens every other year) is a big exciting unknown.

Over the next week, we'll probably be on a weird schedule (whatever time zone you're in, Tokyo is probably the opposite of it), but keep checking back because we'll be putting up as much robotic amazingness as we possibly can without killing ourselves.

This is a little bit of an IROS preview, so we'll have more details for you when we see this guy fly in person next week.

ESA is looking to the future of space exploration using robots ranging from small humanoid robots to larger construction robots with varying degrees of autonomy and flexibility.

This animation shows advanced concepts of robots designed to explore, prepare and help humans in the very harsh conditions found on the Moon and beyond.

For many of the concepts shown, ESA has already developed real-life prototypes, including the multifunctional wheels seen on the first robot in this video.

It'd be cooler if the costume got caught in the rotors, because then we'd get to see the ghostcopter consume itself, turn into shreds, and quite possibly explode.

This isn't one of their blissful exotic flyover videos set to music, but rather just a minute of footage featuring an impressive stunt (followed by a near disaster) 30 seconds in:

This same lab has used their high-speed camera and hand systems for pure evil with their unbeatable (and totally cheating) rock-paper-scissors robot, a second generation of which was just released:

The six-legged walking robot LAURON V has an additional, fourth rotational joint close to the main body, which allows LAURON to orientate its legs towards the ground.

The behavior-based posture control enables LAURON to walk up slopes by adapting this leg orientation, shifting the Center of Mass (CoM) and redistributing stress.

The slippery surface of the wooden slope did not provide enough friction to walk up inclination greater than 25°.

I'd personally love a robot that was smart enough to untie knots, but until our civilization advances enough to reach that point, we'll have to be satisfied with robots tying knots instead:

For typical users (by which I mean non-roboticists), voice interaction is going to be the primary way they'll probably want to interact with robots, and Aldebaran is trying to figure out how to make it work reliably and seamlessly: