Video Friday: Loco-Manipulation – IEEE Spectrum


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Enjoy right this moment’s movies!

In this work, we current LocoMan, a dexterous quadrupedal robotic with a novel morphology to carry out versatile manipulation in various constrained environments. By equipping a Unitree Go1 robotic with two low-cost and light-weight modular 3-DoF loco-manipulators on its entrance calves, LocoMan leverages the mixed mobility and performance of the legs and grippers for complicated manipulation duties that require exact 6D positioning of the tip effector in a large workspace.

[ CMU ]

Thanks, Changyi!

Object manipulation has been extensively studied within the context of fastened base and cell manipulators. However, the overactuated locomotion modality employed by snake robots permits for a singular mix of object manipulation by way of locomotion, known as loco-manipulation. In this paper, we current an optimization method to fixing the loco-manipulation drawback based mostly on non-impulsive implicit contact path planning for our snake robotic COBRA.

[ Silicon Synapse Lab ]

Okay, however the place that costume has eyes shouldn’t be the place Spot has eyes, so the Spot within the costume can’t see, proper? And now I’m skeptical of the authenticity of the mutual snoot-boop.

[ Boston Dynamics ]

Here’s some video of Field AI’s robots working in comparatively complicated and unstructured environments with out prior maps. Make certain to learn our article from this week for particulars!

[ Field AI ]

Is it simply me, or is it sort of wild that researchers at the moment are publishing papers evaluating their humanoid controller to the “manufacturer’s” humanoid controller? It’s like humanoids are a commodity now or one thing.

[ OSU ]

I, too, am packing armor for ICRA.

[ Pollen Robotics ]

Honey Badger 4.0 is our newest robotic platform, created particularly for traversing hostile environments and troublesome terrains. Equipped with a number of cameras and sensors, it’ll be certain no defect is omitted throughout inspection.

[ MAB Robotics ]

Thanks, Jakub!

Have an automation process that requires the precision and torque of an industrial robotic arm…however you want one thing that’s extra rugged or a non-conventional kind issue? Meet the HEBI Robotics H-Series Actuator! With 9x the torque of our X-Series and seamless compatibility with the HEBI ecosystem for robotic growth, the H-Series opens a brand new world of potentialities for robots.

[ HEBI ]

Thanks, Dave!

This is how all spills occur at my home too: tremendous passive-aggressively.

[ 1X ]

EPFL’s staff led by PhD scholar Milad Shafiee, together with co-authors Guillaume Bellegarda and BioRobotics Lab head Auke Ijspeert, have skilled a four-legged robotic utilizing deep reinforcement studying to navigate difficult terrain, reaching a milestone in each robotics and biology.

[ EPFL ]

At Agility, we make robots which can be made for work. Our robotic Digit works alongside us in areas designed for individuals. Digit handles the tedious and repetitive duties meant for a machine, permitting corporations and their individuals to give attention to the work that requires the human aspect.

[ Agility ]

With a wealth of unbelievable figures and excellent information, right here’s Jan Jonsson, ABB Robotics veteran, sharing his information and keenness for a few of our robots and controllers from the previous.

[ ABB ]

[ Electric Sheep ]

The AI Index, at the moment in its seventh 12 months, tracks, collates, distills, and visualizes knowledge referring to artificial intelligence. The Index gives unbiased, rigorously vetted, and globally sourced knowledge for policymakers, researchers, journalists, executives, and most people to develop a deeper understanding of the complicated area of AI. Led by a steering committee of influential AI thought leaders, the Index is the world’s most complete report on tendencies in AI. In this seminar, HAI Research Manager Nestor Maslej provides highlights from the 2024 report, explaining tendencies associated to analysis and growth, technical efficiency, technical AI ethics, the economic system, schooling, coverage and governance, range, and public opinion.

[ Stanford HAI ]

This week’s CMU RI Seminar is from Dieter Fox at NVIDIA and UW, on “Where’s RobotGPT?”

In this discuss, I’ll focus on approaches to producing massive datasets for coaching robotic manipulation capabilities, with a give attention to the function simulation can play on this context. I’ll present a few of our prior work, the place we demonstrated strong sim-to-real switch of manipulation expertise skilled in simulation, after which current a path towards producing massive scale demonstration units that would assist practice strong, open-world robotic manipulation fashions.

[ CMU ]


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