“Blind” Cheetah 3 robot can climb stairs littered with obstacles

MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot can climb stairs and step over obstacles without the help of cameras or visual sensors.Courtesy of the researchers By Jennifer Chu MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot can now leap and gallop across rough terrain, climb a staircase littered with debris, and quickly…

Robot restaurants won’t take your job and food will be better

Robot restaurants are popping up all over downtown San Francisco, as a futuristic option for people to grab fast food for cheap. The latest example is Creator, a robotic restaurant that specializes in making gourmet hamburgers with their all-in-one burger robots. We went behind-the-scenes of…

Musica Automata

Musica Automata is my new project and upcoming album, containing music written for the biggest robot orchestra in the world. These robots are more than sixty acoustic instruments (part of Logos Foundation) which receive digital MIDI messages that contain precise informations for their performance. We’re…

Personalized “deep learning” equips robots for autism therapy

An example of a therapy session augmented with humanoid robot NAO [SoftBank Robotics], which was used in the EngageMe study. Tracking of limbs/faces was performed using the CMU Perceptual Lab’s OpenPose utility.Image: MIT Media Lab By Becky Ham Children with autism spectrum conditions often have…

ANYbotics wins ICRA 2018 Robot Launch competition!

The four-legged design of ANYmal allows the robot to conquer difficult terrain such as gravel, sand, and snow. Photo credit: ETH Zurich / Andreas Eggenberger. ANYbotics led the way in the ICRA 2018 Robot Launch Startup Competition on May 22, 2018 at the Brisbane Conference…

Robot Launch 2018 in full swing – like Tennibot!

With the Robot Launch 2018 competition in full swing – deadline May 15 for entries wanting to compete on stage in Brisbane at ICRA 2018 – we thought it was time to look at last years’ Robot Launch finalists. And a very successful bunch they…

European Robotics League winners revealed at #ERF2018

Award winners in robot competitions held by the were named on 14 March 2018, during this year’s European Robotics Forum (ERF), held in Tampere, Finland on 13–15 March. Awards for the ERL’s 2017-18 season were presented at a Gala Dinner to winning teams that took…

Snake-inspired robot uses kirigami to move

This soft robot is made using kirigami — an ancient Japanese paper craft that relies on cuts, rather than origami folds, to change the properties of a material. As the robot stretches, the kirigami is transformed into a 3D-textured surface. Credit: Ahmad Rafsanjani/Harvard SEAS By…