Video: Disney Beachbot – robot that creates beach art #science #WeWantOlaf!

The real question is… can it draw Olaf from Frozen?? After all he loves summer!

Beachbot

Conceived by Disney Research and working in partnership with a student team at ETH Zürich, the Beachbot is a mobile robot that can turn an ordinary beach into an artist’s canvas. Thanks to innovative balloon wheels, the robot is able to traverse sandy beaches without leaving any noticeable tracks. Drawing is achieved using a controllable rake at the rear of the robot, with individually controllable pins that can be raised and lowered to create thick or thin lines in the sand. The drawing area on the beach is defined simply using four vertical poles that define the corners of the desired sand canvas. The Beachbot can then determine its position on the canvas to a high degree of accuracy using depth sensing and IMU (inertial measurement unit) technology. Artwork can be pre-programmed as the robot can draw lines or create block-filled areas. Alternately manual remote can be used to turn a beach into a live sketchpad. Beachbot is just one of Disney Research’s projects in the area of mobile robotics, including work on path-planning, robot choreography, localization, and human-robot interaction.

Video: Sidewinder snakes teach Georgia Tech scientists how to make robot snakes! #science

Robots learn from sidewinder snakes

The amazing ability of sidewinder snakes to quickly climb sandy slopes was once something biologists only vaguely understood and roboticists only dreamed of replicating. By studying the snakes in a unique bed of inclined sand and using a snake-like robot to test ideas spawned by observing the real animals, both biologists and roboticists have now gained long-sought insights. Video shows research into how the snakes move.

Video: Greek scientists have created a robot octopus!!! But it is not as delicious as real octopus #science

Robot Octopus Takes to the Sea – Scientists at the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) in Greece have created a robot octopus that swims and crawls.

More info here.