Warehouse Robots at Work

IEEE spectrum ( takes you inside Kiva Systems’ robotic warehouse, where orange robots make inventory move instead of workers.

China's High-Stakes Robot Wars

For two weeks each year, college students take over a massive stadium and fill it with fighting drones, plastic ammo, and rapt spectators. This is Robomasters …

Optimal Reciprocal Collision Avoidance for Multiple Non-Holonomic Robots

J. Alonso-Mora, A. Breitenmoser, M. Rufli, P. Beardsley, R. Siegwart, Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems, November 2010 Abstract: In this paper an optimal method for distributed collision avoidance among multiple non-holonomic robots is presented in theory and experiments. Non-holonomic optimal reciprocal collision avoidance (NH-ORCA) builds on the concepts introduced in [2], but further guarantees smooth and collision-free motions under non-holonomic constraints. Optimal control inputs and constraints in velocity space are formally derived for the non-holonomic robots. The theoretical results are validated in several collision avoidance experiments with up to fourteen e-puck robots set on collision course. Even in scenarios with very crowded situations, NH-ORCA showed to be collision-free for all times. For additional information, please visit:

CES 2018 Preview: Honda's New Robotics Concept

Honda will unveil its new 3E (Empower, Experience, Empathy) Robotics Concept at CES 2018, demonstrating a range of experimental technologies engineered to advance mobility and make people’s lives better. Expressing a variety of functions and designs, the advanced robotic concepts demonstrate Honda’s vision of a society where robotics and AI can assist people in many situations, such as disaster recovery, recreation and learning from human interaction to become more helpful and empathetic. For more Honda content, follow us on social at: Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – Google+ – Pinterest – Tumblr – Snapchat – LinkedIn –

DARPA Cheetah Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots

This video shows a demonstration of the “Cheetah” robot galloping at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour (mph), setting a new land speed record for legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989. The robot’s movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature. The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and un-flexing its back on each step, much as an actual cheetah does. The current version of the Cheetah robot runs on a laboratory treadmill where it is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump, and uses a boom-like device to keep it running in the center of the treadmill. Testing of a free-running prototype is planned for later this year. While the M3 program conducts basic research and is not focused on specific military missions, the technology it aims to develop could have a wide range of potential military applications. The DARPA M3 performer for Cheetah is Boston Dynamics of Waltham, Mass. Read more about DARPA’s M3 program at

Meet SAM, the bricklaying robot

Meet metal-muscled SAM, the bricklaying robotic assistant of the future. SAM, short for Semi-Automated Mason, was developed by Construction Robotics, a small business funded by the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research program. SAM works alongside masons to install bricks, making the humans’ jobs less backbreaking. It is designed to increase productivity and reduce heavy-lifting burdens on construction crews. Masons set SAM up and work alongside it, continuing to use their knowledge and skills while letting the robot handle the repetition and physical labor. Business co-founder Scott Peters hopes this new technology will attract new talent to the industry and ultimately boost the U.S. economy by adding jobs. NSF provides early stage R&D funding to small businesses such as Construction Robotics to help them move their innovative ideas into the marketplace. To learn more about NSF SBIR/STTR programs, visit: To learn more about Construction Robotics, visit: SCOTT L. PETERS: So our system is called SAM for Semi Automated Mason and it's been developed by our company, Construction Robotics. The SAM system is working alongside masons helping them install brick. They can handle a wide variety of bricks that are used out there in construction; primarily for veneer, commercial construction,…

I made a lipstick robot

I programmed a uArm robot arm to help me put on lipstick. I’m not sure how well this color goes with my skin tone. TWITTER: …