I dislike picking up my dog's droppings almost as much as stepping in them. However, a fleet of these automated scoopers could one day safeguard my shoe soles without reducing me to picking up poop.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Lab have taught Willow Garage's PR2 robot to identify feces based on color, confront the offending substances, and dispose of them in a state-of-the-art plastic bucket. And judging from this video, UPenn gave GRASP a blank check for their fake excrement budget.
Someday, military attack drones will not only wage battle against enemies sans pilot, but will fall into formation with other drones and attack en masse. This quadrotor technology from UPenn's GRASP lab is a very big step in that direction.
Those plucky quadrotors at UPenn's GRASP laboratory never cease to amaze. In this latest video, watch them autonomously build a structure. In the future, construction workers will be a buzzing, mildly disturbing haze of mechanical diligence.
What's even cooler than flying robots? Flying robots that work in tandem to grasp and transport objects across a room. Individually, the robots can't lift much but swarm them together and watch their strength grow.