Video Friday: Human to Humanoid

Video Friday is your weekly collection of superior robotics movies, collected by your mates at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We additionally publish a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics occasions for the following few months. Please ship us your occasions for inclusion.

HRI 2024: 11–15 March 2024, BOULDER, COLO.
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RoboCup 2024: 17–22 July 2024, EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS

Get pleasure from at this time’s movies!

We current Human to Humanoid (H2O), a reinforcement studying (RL) primarily based framework that allows real-time, whole-body teleoperation of a full-sized humanoid robotic with solely an RGB digital camera. We efficiently obtain teleoperation of dynamic, whole-body motions in real-world eventualities, together with strolling, again leaping, kicking, turning, waving, pushing, boxing, and so forth. To the most effective of our data, that is the primary demonstration to attain learning-based, real-time, whole-body humanoid teleoperation.

[ CMU ]

Legged robots have the potential to traverse advanced terrain and entry confined areas past the attain of conventional platforms because of their skill to rigorously choose footholds and flexibly adapt their physique posture whereas strolling. Nonetheless, sturdy deployment in real-world functions continues to be an open problem. On this paper, we current a way for legged locomotion management utilizing reinforcement studying and 3D volumetric representations to allow sturdy and versatile locomotion in confined and unstructured environments.

[ Takahiro Miki ]

Certain, 3.3 meters per second is quick for a humanoid, however I’m extra impressed by the spinning round whereas strolling downstairs.

[ Unitree ]

Enhancing the protection of collaborative manipulators necessitates the discount of inertia within the transferring half. We introduce a novel method within the type of a passive, 3D wire aligner, serving as a light-weight and low-friction energy transmission mechanism, thus attaining the specified low inertia within the manipulator’s operation.


Thanks, Temma!

Robotic Period simply launched Humanoid-Health club, an open-source reinforcement studying framework for bipedal humanoids. As you may see from the video, RL algorithms have given the robotic, referred to as Xiao Xing, or XBot, the power to climb up and down haphazardly stacked bins with relative stability and ease.

[ Robot Era ]

“Affect-Conscious Bimanual Catching of Massive-Momentum Objects.” Want I say extra?

[ SLMC ]

Greater than 80% of stroke survivors expertise strolling problem, considerably impacting their each day lives, independence, and general high quality of life. Now, new analysis from the College of Massachusetts Amherst pushes ahead the bounds of stroke restoration with a novel robotic hip exoskeleton, designed as a coaching instrument to enhance strolling operate. This invitations the opportunity of new therapies which might be extra accessible and simpler to translate from apply to each day life, in comparison with present rehabilitation strategies.

[ UMass Amherst ]

Thanks, Julia!

The manipulation right here is fairly spectacular, but it surely’s onerous to know the way spectacular with out additionally understanding how a lot the video was sped up.

[ Somatic ]

DJI drones work to make the world a greater place and one of many ways in which we do that is by means of conservation work. We partnered with Halo Robotics and the OFI Orangutan Basis Worldwide to showcase simply how these drones could make an impression.

[ DJI ]

The purpose of the check is to reveal the removing and substitute of satellite tv for pc modules right into a 27U CubeSat format utilizing augmented actuality management of a robotic. On this use case, the “shopper” satellite tv for pc is being upgraded and refueled utilizing modular componentry. The robotic will then take away the failed laptop module and place it in a fixture. It’ll then do the identical with the propellant tank. The robotic will then place these appropriately again into the satellite tv for pc.

[ Extend Robotics ]

This video options a few of the highlights and favourite moments from the CYBATHLON Challenges 2024 that passed off on 2 February, exhibiting so many various sorts of assistive expertise taking over self-discipline duties and displaying pilots’ tenacity and willpower. The Challenges noticed new groups, new duties, and new codecs for most of the CYBATHLON disciplines.

[ Cybathlon ]

It’s been a protracted highway to electrically powered robots.

[ ABB ]

Small drones for catastrophic wildfires (ones masking greater than [40,470 hectares]) are like bringing a flashlight to mild up a soccer discipline. This brief video describes the foremost makes use of for drones of all sizes and why and when they’re used, or why not.


It in all probability is not going to shock you that there are plenty of robots concerned in constructing Rivian vehicles and vans.

[ Kawasaki Robotics ]

DARPA’s Studying Introspective Management (LINC) program is growing machine studying strategies that present promise in making that state of affairs nearer to actuality. LINC goals to essentially enhance the protection of mechanical methods—particularly in floor autos, ships, drone swarms, and robotics—utilizing varied strategies that require minimal computing energy. The result’s an AI-powered controller the dimensions of a mobile phone.


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