Video Friday: Human to Humanoid


Video Friday is your weekly choice of superior robotics movies, collected by your pals 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.

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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 many others. To one of the best of our information, that is the primary demonstration to realize 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 due to their potential to fastidiously choose footholds and flexibly adapt their physique posture whereas strolling. Nevertheless, sturdy deployment in real-world functions remains to be an open problem. On this paper, we current a technique for legged locomotion management utilizing reinforcement studying and 3D volumetric representations to allow sturdy and versatile locomotion in confined and unstructured environments.

[ Takahiro Miki ]

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

[ Unitree ]

Bettering the protection of collaborative manipulators necessitates the discount of inertia within the shifting 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 reaching the specified low inertia within the manipulator’s operation.


Thanks, Temma!

Robotic Period simply launched Humanoid-Gymnasium, an open-source reinforcement studying framework for bipedal humanoids. As you possibly can see from the video, RL algorithms have given the robotic, referred to as Xiao Xing, or XBot, the flexibility 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 day by 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 software to enhance strolling perform. This invitations the potential of new therapies which are extra accessible and simpler to translate from observe to day by day life, in comparison with present rehabilitation strategies.

[ UMass Amherst ]

Thanks, Julia!

The manipulation right here is fairly spectacular, however it’s laborious to understand how spectacular with out additionally realizing 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 via conservation work. We partnered with Halo Robotics and the OFI Orangutan Basis Worldwide to showcase simply how these drones could make an influence.

[ DJI ]

The intention of the check is to reveal the elimination 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 pc module and place it in a fixture. It should 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 happened on 2 February, exhibiting so many numerous varieties 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 lots of the CYBATHLON disciplines.

[ Cybathlon ]

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

[ ABB ]

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


It most likely is not going to shock you that there are numerous robots concerned in constructing Rivian vans 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 basically 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 scale of a cellular phone.



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