The Robotics Roundup is a weekly newspost going over some of the most exciting developments in robotics over the past week.
In today’s edition we have:
- What Robotics Experts Think of Tesla’s Optimus Robot
- Boston Dynamics and five other robot makers pledge not to weaponize their robots
- Team of flying robots builds structures using 3D printing
- Meet Cassie, the Usain Bolt of robots
- Amazon scales back Scout delivery robot program
A wide variety of experts share their opinion’s regarding Tesla’s recent reveal of their Optimus humanoid robotic platform.
Boston Dynamics, Agility Robotics, ANYbotics, Clearpath Robotics, Open Robotics, and Unitree have released an open letter pledging not to weaponize their developments.
Researchers at Imperial College London are developing aerial drone swarms capable of 3D printing large scale objects. A major difference between this and similar developments is that these swarms are comprised of two distinct types of robots: printing drones that carry out the construction, and specialized scanning drones without fabrication capabilities that orchestrate the swarm.
Cassie recently set the world record for bipedal robot motion, running 100m in 24 seconds. This has been the culmination of a long journey for the development of bipedal robot motion, and the team behind it has further plans for the platform.
Amazon has announced a large scaling back of it’s Scout autonomous delivery robot program. Although it does not appear to be a complete closure of the project at this time, this could be indicative of the impending closure of the project or of unforeseen technical hurdles that Amazon is unable to surmount at this stage.