Video recap #1

I have a couple of posts in the works, but I’d still like to post some things here. So I decided to start video recap posts.

These are videos I’ve watched over the past couple of weeks (some are recent; others are not).

Origami-inspired artificial muscles

“Researchers at the Wyss Institute, Harvard SEAS, and MIT CSAIL have developed a novel design approach for origami-inspired artificial muscles, capable of lifting 1000x its own weight.”

Omni-crawler drives in all directions

Some research from Osaka University (dating back from 2011.) I thought that mecanum wheels were amazing, but this omni-crawler is quite something.

Driving an actual bipedal mech suit

The video host is a bit annoying, but it’s an interesting piece of technology.

What’s new, Atlas?

There’s a 75% chance that you’ve seen this video—or a GIF of it—by now. Boston dynamics’ Atlas is back with some new and impressive tricks. From what I have seen online, the overall “haha! they’re dumb! lol!” comments from previous videos morphed into “we’re all going to die.” A sentiment that Elon Musk seemed to echo in a tweet, yesterday.

Rodney Brooks, on the other hand, wrote:

Second skin “feels” data and guides wearers

A video from 2016. What I liked about the Sarotis, is that they embrace the idea of the whole body as an interface. The music is horrible—watch in mute.

About Thomas Deneuville

Originally from France, Thomas lives in Central NY, with his family and a couple of bagpipes.