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Black Friday : et si vous faisiez une bonne action, avec Les Petits Frères des Pauvres et Josiane ?

Par Communiqué

Les Petits Frères des Pauvres, l’association de référence sur la lutte contre l’isolement des personnes âgées, lance la e-boutique solidaire « La fabrique des beaux souvenirs », un nouveau levier de récolte de dons. Pour promouvoir son lancement, l’association nous emmène sur de fausses pistes en s’appropriant et détournant les codes de l’e-commerce. Une campagne 100 % digitale et pensée par son agence Josiane.

Les Petits Frères des Pauvres lancent la e-boutique solidaire « La fabrique des beaux souvenirs »

Selon le dernier baromètre des Petits Frères des Pauvres, l’isolement des personnes âgées a plus que doublé en 4 ans.

L’association, qui lutte depuis plus de 70 ans contre cet isolement grandissant, lance sa boutique en ligne « La fabrique des beaux souvenirs » afin de récolter davantage de dons pour agir sur le terrain.

« Selon le dernier baromètre de la Fevad (Fédération e-commerce et vente à distance), plus de 80 % de français avoir déjà effectué un achat en ligne et seulement 28 %, selon France Générosités, ont déjà fait un don en ligne. Notre nouvelle boutique solidaire 100 % digitale est par conséquent un moyen pour nous de toucher de nouveaux profils de donateurs et leur permettre d’afficher et de porter nos messages au travers des objets du quotidien. »

Rodin Munganga, Responsable communication et Marketing digital des Petits Frères des Pauvres

De bons produits pour de bonnes actions

La boutique en ligne des Petits Frères des Pauvres, réalisée par Rgoods, regorge de produits qui ont du cœur. En plus d’être éthiques, éco-conçus et qualitatifs, ils séduiront la majorité d’entre nous. Nous pouvons y retrouver de grandes marques telles que Omy, Angelina ou Victorinox. À chaque achat, un pourcentage est reversé à l’association et un don complémentaire est proposé dans le parcours d’achat. Cette nouvelle boutique permet de financer des actions de l’association en séduisant une nouvelle cible via des solutions de dons alternatives.

« Une e-boutique associative est un atout qui permet de rassembler une nouvelle cible autour d’une cause noble. Quoi de mieux que d’acheter utile, en faisant le bien autour de soi ? »

Laurent Allias, Fondateur de Josiane

Une campagne digitale qui nous emmène sur de fausses pistes

Pour officialiser l’ouverture de sa e-boutique, Les Petits Frères des Pauvres s’approprient les codes de l’e-commerce à l’occasion du Black Friday. L’association détourne les bannières publicitaires avec des créations aux accroches alléchantes telles que « TOUT DOIT DISPARAÎTRE… » qui concernent, non pas une opération commerciale, mais une situation d’isolement à combattre : « TOUT DOIT DISPARAÎTRE… En particulier l’isolement de Mireille ». En parallèle, l’association vante ses produits et met en avant le double bénéfice créé : le bénéfice produit (son utilité), et le bénéfice social (un don pour aider une personne âgée isolée).

Nous pouvons apercevoir une série de visuels aux accroches telles que « Prenez autant soin de vos mains que d’une personne âgée isolée ».

© Josiane
© Josiane

« Le succès du Black Friday montre bien le paradoxe des Français partagés entre conscience environnementale et sociale et envie de se faire plaisir et de consommer. Avec cette idée, on vient donc titiller l’envie de consommer tout en satisfaisant cette conscience. Ou comment faire d’une pierre deux coups. »

Jérôme Diez, Directeur de la Création de Josiane

Les produits de « La fabrique de beaux souvenirs » sont d’ores et déjà disponibles sur
boutique.petitsfreresdespauvres.fr !

Le jour du Black Friday, la marque Aigle décide de fermer ses portes

Par Agence de Presse

Alors que certains s’apprêtent à baisser leurs prix en prévision du Black Friday, d’autres ont choisi de faire de cet événement commercial une journée de sensibilisation. C’est le cas de Aigle qui fermera pendant vingt-quatre heures ses magasins, ainsi que son e-shop, pour mettre en lumière sa plateforme de seconde main. Sandrine Conseiller, directrice générale de la marque, nous explique ce choix et ses conséquences, et revient sur les engagements de Aigle en matière de mode durable et de consommation raisonnée.

En lieu et place des promotions proposées lors du Black Friday, Aigle va fermer ses 48 boutiques en France et son e-shop. Qu’est-ce qui a motivé cette décision ?


Au-delà de la fabrication de produits durables, notre impact direct, nous sommes engagés à participer à l’évolution des comportements de consommation, notre impact indirect. C’est le sens de l’initiative ‘Positive Friday’ comme de nos actions ‘RRRR : recycler, ré-utiliser, réparer et réduire’. En cette journée de grand gaspillage et de surconsommation, notre démarche est constructive. Nous substituons l’ouverture de nos magasins par de la collecte de vêtements pour leur donner une seconde vie : nous fermons notre e-shop au profit de notre plateforme de seconde main, Second Souffle. Une action qui illustre les engagements sur le long terme de Aigle, pris lorsque nous sommes devenus une entreprise à mission en décembre 2020.

Avez-vous une idée des pertes auxquelles vous vous exposez ?


Fermer pendant une journée notre e-shop et nos magasins entraîne une perte conséquente de chiffre d’affaires et de marge. Certains parleront d’un manque à gagner, nous le voyons comme une preuve de l’engagement sincère de la marque pour une consommation plus durable. Nous espérons que de nouveaux clients décideront de rejoindre ce mouvement.

Pourquoi ne fermer vos boutiques qu’en France, et pas dans le reste du monde, ainsi que chez les revendeurs Aigle ?


Nous fermons nos boutiques, hors centre commercial et outlet, car c’est là que nous sommes décisionnaires. Notre e-shop est quant à lui fermé dans nos 200 territoires.

Vous aviez déjà initié le mouvement en 2020. Quels ont été les retours des consommateurs ?


L’année dernière nous avions fermé notre e-shop en France. Il renvoyait vers notre site de seconde main, Second Souffle, qui venait tout juste d’ouvrir. Les résultats avaient été positifs, avec de nombreux nouveaux clients qui découvraient la marque.

Le Black Friday est de plus en plus contesté en France, mais si l’on regarde les sondages, les consommateurs prévoient toujours de se ruer sur les bonnes affaires. Comment y remédier ?


Selon une étude YouGov pour l’Internaute datant de novembre 2020, 60 % des Français trouvent que le Black Friday est une source de gaspillage. Nous constatons également que de nombreux clients se posent la question, souhaitant que la mode reste un plaisir et qu’elle soit plus vertueuse. C’est cette vision d’une mode durable et engagée que nous retrouvons dans nos collections et dans nos actions.

Le pouvoir d’achat reste le nerf de la guerre, surtout à l’approche des fêtes de fin d’année. Mais les consommateurs économisent-ils vraiment de l’argent au cours de cette journée ?


La notion de prix est relative et reconsidérée à travers le prisme de la durabilité de la pièce mais aussi de son style, qui permet à une pièce de traverser plusieurs saisons sans devenir désuète. On peut ainsi garder toute la vie une pièce durable, ou la retrouver sur un site de seconde main et ainsi lui donner une seconde vie. D’ailleurs le site Second Souffle que nous mettons en avant cette semaine est une alternative pour s’offrir des pièces durables et stylées et à un coût plus accessible.

Justement, pourquoi mettre spécifiquement l’accent sur la seconde main ?


Nous avons lancé second souffle l’année dernière car nos produits sont durables, peuvent être mis et transmis sans prendre une ride. Second Souffle est l’illustration de notre engagement pour une mode plus durable, et il était donc tout naturel pour nous de valoriser cette plateforme pour le ‘Positive Friday’. Cela traduit l’engagement de Aigle pour mieux consommer et développer une vision alternative de la mode en alliant durable et désirable.

On parle du Black Friday comme d’un désastre pour la planète, mais cette journée n’est-elle pas juste le reflet d’une société qui n’est pas prête à arrêter de surconsommer ?


On constate qu’il y a une prise de conscience des clients qui trouvent des alternatives pour une mode joyeuse et durable. C’est dans cette optique que s’inscrit la marque Aigle.

Seriez-vous prêt à aller encore plus loin l’an prochain ?


Cette année, c’était une décision évidente et pourtant si difficile à prendre. Fermer le jour du Black Friday, c’est un engagement fort. Cela passe aussi par l’évolution des comportements, il nous faut donc proposer une vision et des solutions alternatives sur le long terme. C’est notre engagement chez Aigle, et nous continuerons de nous engager pour une mode plus durable, aujourd’hui et demain.

(ETX Daily Up)

Le « vrai » coût du Black Friday : « 30% des produits non alimentaires retournés sont détruits »

Par Mégane Bouron
Ce vendredi 26 novembre 2021, c’est le Black Friday : la fête de la (sur)consommation. Mais savez-vous que derrière ces offres alléchantes se cache une tout autre ? Faux rabais, achats impulsifs, retours, invendus et gros gâchis… Quel est le coût économique et environnemental du Black Friday ? Réponse avec Diane Scemama, membre du collectif […]

La suite de cet article est réservée à nos abonnés. S'abonner pour lire la suite.

Face au Black Friday, ces marques s’engagent pour une consommation plus durable

Par Agence de Presse

Pour lutter contre la surconsommation induite par le Black Friday, et son pendant digital le Cyber Monday, certaines marques s’engagent à ne pas baisser leurs prix, et à sensibiliser le public à un mode de vie – et d’achat – plus durable. Tour d’horizon des initiatives green lancées à l’occasion de la journée promotionnelle la plus folle de l’année.

Pour la petite histoire, le Black Friday est un évènement commercial tout droit venu des Etats-Unis et du Canada, qui donne le coup d’envoi officiel des achats de Noël. Il se tient chaque année le vendredi suivant Thanksgiving, se caractérise – en théorie – par des promotions toutes plus folles les unes que les autres, et est désormais suivi par le Cyber Monday, consacré cette fois à des offres promotionnelles… en ligne. En 2020, en pleine pandémie, le Black Friday a fortement été remis en cause au point de parle de sa potentielle suppression. Un an plus tard, force est de constater qu’il demeure une date incontournable, tant pour les marques qui n’attendent même plus le jour J pour multiplier les offres alléchantes, que pour les consommateurs. Une nouvelle étude réalisée par OpinionWay pour Bonial* nous apprend même que les Français prévoient de consacrer un budget moyen de 298 euros à cette opération commerciale.

La mode fait de la résistance 

Reste que les marques réfractaires au Black Friday se multiplient à vitesse grand V d’une année à l’autre, rivalisant d’imagination pour transformer cette journée noire en une journée – plus – green. Dons à des associations, recyclage, journée portes ouvertes, collectes… Les opérations visant à sensibiliser le public à une mode plus responsable se font aujourd’hui de plus en plus nombreuses – et originales. Dans cette optique, la marque éthique Atelier Unes, spécialiste des collants recyclés et consignés, a choisi cette période, du 16 novembre au 7 décembre plus spécifiquement, pour lancer sa Grande Collecte destinée à sensibiliser le plus grand nombre au recyclage; les collants demeurant l’un des articles de mode les plus polluants. Pendant près d’un mois, la griffe récupère les collants en nylon de toutes les marques, et envoie en retour un chouchou conçu à partir de collants recyclés et de chutes de tissus. Comme quoi, on peut aussi gagner à adopter un mode de vie plus vertueux.

La jeune marque Bhallot, connue pour sa maroquinerie et ses espadrilles éthiques et responsables, ouvrira les portes de sa boutique atelier à Alénya, en région Occitanie, le temps d’une journée réparation, le vendredi 26 novembre entre 10 heures et 16 heures. Les volontaires pourront profiter de cette opération pour faire réparer leur sac, et éviter de jeter un accessoire auquel il est possible d’offrir une seconde vie. De son côté, Faguo réitère ses engagements contre la surconsommation du Black Friday avec le collectif Make Friday Green Again, qui rassemble aujourd’hui quelque 1 200 marques françaises. À la clé ? Une lettre ouverte écrite « au/à la futur(e) président(e) de la République », mais aussi des ateliers pratiques destinés à sensibiliser le public à une consommation plus raisonnée, autrement dit « le moins mais mieux », comme le précise elle-même la marque. Dans ses 30 points de vente, Faguo proposera le 26 novembre prochain des conseils pour mieux trier, entretenir sa garde-robe, et consommer, mais aussi un atelier de réparation, un corner de seconde main, et une borne de recyclage. D’autres marques du collectif devraient également proposer des activités en guise d’alternatives à ce vendredi noir.

Soutenir les associations

Le Black Friday est également l’occasion pour certaines marques, à défaut de baisser des prix considérés comme justes tout au long de l’année, de s’engager aux côtés d’associations. Il n’est pas rare de découvrir que les chiffres d’affaires et bénéfices de la journée sont reversés dans leur intégralité à des organismes qui œuvrent au quotidien pour l’environnement. La marque 1083 l’a déjà fait par le passé, tout comme Allbirds. Cette année, la marque 900.care, spécialisée dans les produits d’hygiène à recharger, sans plastique jetable, a déjà fait savoir que l’intégralité de son chiffre d’affaires du 26 novembre sera reversée à l’association Wings of the Ocean, qui s’emploie à dépolluer les océans.

Dans la même veine, il est aujourd’hui possible de prendre le contre-pied du Black Friday avec le Giving Tuesday, alternative solidaire à la folie commerciale du vendredi noir. Sa cinquième édition se tiendra le 30 novembre, et pour y participer il suffit d’aider, de donner, que ce soit votre temps, votre argent, votre sang, ou encore votre talent ou savoir-faire. Essentiellement axée sur la générosité de chacun, cette journée invite, sur une simple inscription, à s’engager aux côtés d’une initiative locale ou internationale.

De son côté le Green Friday, qui se veut être à la fois « un événement écocitoyen, un collectif militant, et une journée de sensibilisation », souhaite également promouvoir une consommation responsable en réponse au Black Friday avec un mix de toutes ces actions et initiatives. Les entreprises engagées ne proposeront bien évidemment aucune promotion le jour J, et reverseront 10 % de leur chiffre d’affaires du jour à des associations, et pourront également proposer des actions visant à sensibiliser le plus grand nombre, en France comme en Belgique. Des conférences, des débats, et divers ateliers seront mis en place pour permettre à chacun d’adopter des gestes moins néfastes pour la planète.

* Étude réalisée en ligne du 3 au 4 septembre 2021 auprès d’un échantillon de 1 027 personnes, représentatif de la population française.

(ETX Daily Up)

Video Friday: Dronut

Par Evan Ackerman


Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2022 – May 23-27, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA, USA

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.


We first met Cleo Robotics at CES 2017, when they were showing off a consumer prototype of their unique ducted-fan drone. They've just announced a new version which has been beefed up to do surveillance, and it is actually called the Dronut.

For such a little thing, the 12 minute flight time is not the worst, and hopefully it'll find a unique niche that'll help Cleo move back towards the consumer market, because I want one.

[ Cleo ]

Happy tenth birthday, Thymio!

[ EPFL ]

Here we describe a protective strategy for winged drones that mitigates the added weight and drag by means of increased lift generation and stall delay at high angles of attack. The proposed structure is inspired by the wing system found in beetles and consists of adding an additional set of retractable wings, named elytra, which can rapidly encapsulate the main folding wings when protection is needed.

[ EPFL ]

This is some very, very impressive robust behavior on ANYmal, part of Joonho Lee's master's thesis at ETH Zurich.

[ ETH Zurich ]

NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it has developed a blade-free, blimp-type drone equipped with a high-resolution video camera that captures high-quality video and full-color LED lights glow in radiant colors.

[ NTT Docomo ] via [ Gizmodo ]

Senior Software Engineer Daniel Piedrahita explains the theory behind robust dynamic stability and how Agility engineers used it to develop an unique and cohesive hardware and software solution that allows Digit to navigate unpredictable terrain with ease.

[ Agility ]

The title of thie video from DeepRobotics is "DOOMSDAY COMING." Best not to think about it, probably.

[ DeepRobotics ]

More Baymax!

[ Disney ]

At Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, they're trying to figure out how to make a COVID-19 officer robot authoritative enough that people will actually pay attention to it and do what it says.

[ Paper ]

Thanks, Andy!

You'd think that high voltage powerlines would be the last thing you'd want a drone to futz with, but here we are.

[ GRVC ]

Cassie Blue navigates around furniture treated as obstacles in the atrium of the Ford Robotics Building at the University of Michigan.

[ Michigan Robotics ]

Northrop Grumman and its partners AVL, Intuitive Machines, Lunar Outpost and Michelin are designing a new vehicle that will greatly expand and enhance human and robotic exploration of the Moon, and ultimately, Mars.

[ Northrop Grumman ]

This letter proposes a novel design for a coaxial hexarotor (Y6) with a tilting mechanism that can morph midair while in a hover, changing the flight stage from a horizontal to a vertical orientation, and vice versa, thus allowing wall-perching and wall-climbing maneuvers.

[ KAIST ]

Honda and Black & Veatch have successfully tested the prototype Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV) at a construction site in New Mexico. During the month-long field test, the second-generation, fully-electric Honda AWV performed a range of functions at a large-scale solar energy construction project, including towing activities and transporting construction materials, water, and other supplies to pre-set destinations within the work site.

[ Honda ]

This could very well be the highest speed multiplier I've ever seen in a robotics video.

[ GITAI ]

Here's an interesting design for a manipulator that can do in-hand manipulation with a minimum of fuss, from the Yale Grablab.

[ Paper ]

That ugo robot that's just a ball with eyes on a stick is one of my favorite robots ever, because it's so unapologetically just a ball on a stick.

[ ugo ]

Robot, make me a sandwich. And then make me a bunch more sandwiches.

[ Soft Robotics ]

Refilling water bottles isn't a very complex task, but having a robot do it means that humans don't have to.

[ Fraunhofer ]

To help manufacturers find cost effective and sustainable alternatives to single -use plastic, ABB Robotics is collaborating with Zume, a global provider of innovative compostable packaging solutions. We will integrate and install up to 2000 robots at Zume customer's sites worldwide over the next five years to automate the innovative manufacturing production of 100 percent compostable packaging molded from sustainably harvested plant-based material for products from food and groceries to cosmetics and consumer goods.

[ ABB ]

Video Friday: FridgeBot

Par Evan Ackerman


Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2022 – May 23-27, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA, USA

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.


Telexistence and FamilyMart introduced a new robot TX SCARA equipped with TX's proprietary AI system Gordon to the FamilyMart METI store to perform beverage replenishment work in the back 24 hours a day in place of human workers, thereby automating high-volume work in a low-temperature environment where the physical load on store staff is significant.

[ Telexistence ]

It would be a lot easier to build a drone if you didn't have to worry about take-offs or landings, and DARPA's Gremlins program has been making tangible progress towards midair drone recovery.

[ DARPA ]

At Cobionix, we are developing Cobi, a multi-sensing, intelligent cobot that can not only work safely alongside humans but also learn from them and become smarter over time. In this video, we showcase one of the applications that Cobi is being utilized: Needle-less robotic intermuscular injection.

[ Cobionix ] via [ Gizmodo ]

It's been just a little bit too long since we've had a high quality cat on a Roomba video.

[ YouTube ]

Scientists from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), in the ever-present quest to get machines to replicate human abilities, created a framework that's more scaled up: a system that can reorient over two thousand different objects, with the robotic hand facing both upwards and downwards. This ability to manipulate anything from a cup to a tuna can, and a Cheez-It box, could help the hand quickly pick-and-place objects in specific ways and locations -- and even generalize to unseen objects.

[ MIT CSAIL ]

NASA is sending a couple of robots to Venus in 2029! Not the kind with legs or wheels, but still.

[ NASA ]

The Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology division at Berkeley Lab has built a robot, called the EcoBOT, that is able to perform “self-driving experiments."

[ EcoBOT ]

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have developed a new approach in which robotic exosuit assistance can be calibrated to an individual and adapt to a variety of real-world walking tasks in a matter of seconds. The bioinspired system uses ultrasound measurements of muscle dynamics to develop a personalized and activity-specific assistance profile for users of the exosuit.

[ Harvard Wyss ]

We propose a gecko-inspired robot with an optimal bendable body structure. The robot leg and body movements are driven by central pattern generator (CPG)-based neural control. It can climb using a combination of trot gait and lateral undulation of the bendable body with a C-shaped standing wave. This approach results in 52% and 54% reduced energy consumption during climbing on inclined solid and soft surfaces, respectively, compared to climbing with a fixed body. To this end, the study provides a basis for developing sprawling posture robots with a bendable body and neural control for energy-efficient inclined surface climbing with a possible extension towards agile and versatile locomotion.

[ Paper ]

Thanks Poramate!

The new Mavic 3 from DJI looks very impressive, especially that 46 minute battery life.

[ DJI ]

Sonia Roberts, an experimentalist at heart and PhD researcher with Kod*lab, a legged robotics group within the GRASP Lab at Penn Engineering takes us inside her scientific process. How can a robot's controllers help it use less energy as it runs on sand?

[ KodLab ]

The Canadian Space Agency is preparing for a Canadian rover to explore a polar region of the Moon within the next five years. Two Canadian companies, MDA and Canadensys, have been selected to design lunar rover concepts.

[ CSA ]

Our Boeing Australia team has expanded its flight-test program of the Boeing Airpower Teaming System, with two aircraft successfully completing separate flight missions at the Woomera Range Complex recently.

[ Boeing ]

I do not understand what the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots folks are trying to tell me here, and also, those colors make my eyeballs scream.

[ Campaign to Stop Killer Robots ]

No doorbell? Nothing that some Dynamixels and a tongue drum can't fix.

[ YouTube ]

We present an integrated system for performing precision harvesting missions using a legged harvester (HEAP) in a confined, GPS denied forest environment.

[ Paper ]

This video demonstrates some of the results from a scientific deployment to Chernobyl NPP in September 2021 led by University of Bristol.

[ University of Bristol ]

This a bottle unscrambler. I don't know why that's what it's called because the bottles don't seem scrambled. But it's unscrambling them anyway.

[ B&R ]

We invite you to hear from the leadership of Team Explorer, the CMU DARPA Subterranean Challenge team, as they discuss the challenges, lessons learned, and the future direction these technologies are headed in.

[ AirLab ]

Video Friday: Your Robot Dog

Par Evan Ackerman


Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2022 – May 23-27, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA, USA

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.


I don't know how much this little quadruped from DeepRobotics costs, but the video makes it look scarily close to a consumer product.

Jueying Lite2 is an intelligent quadruped robot independently developed by DeepRobotics. Based on advanced control algorithms, it has multiple motion modes such as walking, sliding, jumping, running, and back somersault. It has freely superimposed intelligent modules, capable of autonomous positioning and navigation, real-time obstacle avoidance, and visual recognition. It has a user-oriented design concept, with new functions such as voice interaction, sound source positioning, and safety and collision avoidance, giving users a better interactive experience and safety assurance.

[ DeepRobotics ]

We hope that this video can assist the community in explaining what ROS is, who uses it, and why it is important to those unfamiliar with ROS.

https://vimeo.com/639235111/9aa251fdb6

[ ROS.org ]

Boston Dynamics should know better than to post new videos on Fridays (as opposed to Thursday nights, when I put this post together every week), but if you missed this last week, here you go.

Robot choreography by Boston Dynamics and Monica Thomas.

[ Boston Dynamics ]

DeKonBot 2: for when you want things really, really, really, slowly clean.

[ Fraunhofer ]

Who needs Digit when Cassie is still hard at work!

[ Michigan Robotics ]

I am not making any sort of joke about sausage handling.

[ Soft Robotics ]

A squad of mini rovers traversed the simulated lunar soils of NASA Glenn's SLOPE (Simulated Lunar Operations) lab recently. The shoebox-sized rovers were tested to see if they could navigate the conditions of hard-to-reach places such as craters and caves on the Moon.

[ NASA Glenn ]

This little cyclocopter is cute, but I'm more excited for the teaser at the end of the video.

[ TAMU ]

Fourteen years ago, a team of engineering experts and Virginia Tech students competed in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge and propelled Torc to success. We look forward to many more milestones as we work to commercialize autonomous trucks.

[ Torc ]

Blarg not more of this...

Show me the robot prepping those eggs and doing the plating, please.

[ Moley Robotics ]

ETH Zurich's unique non-profit project continues! From 25 to 27 October 2024, the third edition of the CYBATHLON will take place in a global format. To the original six disciplines, two more are added: a race using smart visual assistive technologies and a race using assistive robots. As a platform, CYBATHLON challenges teams from around the world to develop everyday assistive technologies for, and in collaboration with, people with disabilities.

[ Cybathlon ]

Will drone deliveries be a practical part of our future? We visit the test facilities of Wing to check out how their engineers and aircraft designers have developed a drone and drone fleet control system that is actually in operation today in parts of the world.

[ Tested ]

In our third Self-Driven Women event, Waymo engineering leads Allison Thackston, Shilpa Gulati, and Congcong Li talk about some of the toughest and most interesting problems in ML and robotics and how it enables building a scalable driving autonomous driving tech stack. They also discuss their respective career journeys, and answer live questions from the virtual audience.

[ Waymo ]

The Robotics and Automation Society Student Activities Committee (RAS SAC) is proud to present “Transition to a Career in Academia," a panel with robotics thought leaders. This panel is intended for robotics students and engineers interested in learning more about careers in academia after earning their degree. The panel will be moderated by RAS SAC Co-Chair, Marwa ElDinwiny.

[ IEEE RAS ]

This week's CMU RI Seminar is from Siddharth Srivastava at Arizona State, on The Unusual Effectiveness of Abstractions for Assistive AI.

[ CMU RI ]

Video Friday: Your Robot Dog

Par Evan Ackerman


Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2022 – May 23-27, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA, USA

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.


I don't know how much this little quadruped from DeepRobotics costs, but the video makes it look scarily close to a consumer product.

Jueying Lite2 is an intelligent quadruped robot independently developed by DeepRobotics. Based on advanced control algorithms, it has multiple motion modes such as walking, sliding, jumping, running, and back somersault. It has freely superimposed intelligent modules, capable of autonomous positioning and navigation, real-time obstacle avoidance, and visual recognition. It has a user-oriented design concept, with new functions such as voice interaction, sound source positioning, and safety and collision avoidance, giving users a better interactive experience and safety assurance.

[ DeepRobotics ]

We hope that this video can assist the community in explaining what ROS is, who uses it, and why it is important to those unfamiliar with ROS.

https://vimeo.com/639235111/9aa251fdb6

[ ROS.org ]

Boston Dynamics should know better than to post new videos on Fridays (as opposed to Thursday nights, when I put this post together every week), but if you missed this last week, here you go.

Robot choreography by Boston Dynamics and Monica Thomas.

[ Boston Dynamics ]

DeKonBot 2: for when you want things really, really, really, slowly clean.

[ Fraunhofer ]

Who needs Digit when Cassie is still hard at work!

[ Michigan Robotics ]

I am not making any sort of joke about sausage handling.

[ Soft Robotics ]

A squad of mini rovers traversed the simulated lunar soils of NASA Glenn's SLOPE (Simulated Lunar Operations) lab recently. The shoebox-sized rovers were tested to see if they could navigate the conditions of hard-to-reach places such as craters and caves on the Moon.

[ NASA Glenn ]

This little cyclocopter is cute, but I'm more excited for the teaser at the end of the video.

[ TAMU ]

Fourteen years ago, a team of engineering experts and Virginia Tech students competed in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge and propelled Torc to success. We look forward to many more milestones as we work to commercialize autonomous trucks.

[ Torc ]

Blarg not more of this...

Show me the robot prepping those eggs and doing the plating, please.

[ Moley Robotics ]

ETH Zurich's unique non-profit project continues! From 25 to 27 October 2024, the third edition of the CYBATHLON will take place in a global format. To the original six disciplines, two more are added: a race using smart visual assistive technologies and a race using assistive robots. As a platform, CYBATHLON challenges teams from around the world to develop everyday assistive technologies for, and in collaboration with, people with disabilities.

[ Cybathlon ]

Will drone deliveries be a practical part of our future? We visit the test facilities of Wing to check out how their engineers and aircraft designers have developed a drone and drone fleet control system that is actually in operation today in parts of the world.

[ Tested ]

In our third Self-Driven Women event, Waymo engineering leads Allison Thackston, Shilpa Gulati, and Congcong Li talk about some of the toughest and most interesting problems in ML and robotics and how it enables building a scalable driving autonomous driving tech stack. They also discuss their respective career journeys, and answer live questions from the virtual audience.

[ Waymo ]

The Robotics and Automation Society Student Activities Committee (RAS SAC) is proud to present “Transition to a Career in Academia," a panel with robotics thought leaders. This panel is intended for robotics students and engineers interested in learning more about careers in academia after earning their degree. The panel will be moderated by RAS SAC Co-Chair, Marwa ElDinwiny.

[ IEEE RAS ]

This week's CMU RI Seminar is from Siddharth Srivastava at Arizona State, on The Unusual Effectiveness of Abstractions for Assistive AI.

[ CMU RI ]

Video Friday: Robot Halloween

Par Evan Ackerman


Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):

BARS 2021 – October 29, 2021 – Stanford, CA, USA

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.


Happy Halloween from HEBI Robotics!

[ HEBI Robotics ]

Thanks, Kamal!

Happy Halloween from UCL's Robot Perception and Learning Lab!

[ UCL RPL ]

Thanks, Dimitrios!

Happy Halloween from Berkshire Grey!

[ Berkshire Grey ]

LOOK AT ITS LIL FEET

[ Paper ]

DOFEC (Discharging Of Fire Extinguishing Capsules) is a drone suitable for autonomously extinguishing fires from the exterior of buildings on above-ground floors using its onboard sensors. The system detects fire in thermal images and localizes it. After localizing, the UAV discharges an ampoule filled with a fire extinguishant from an onboard launcher and puts out the fire.

[ DOFEC ]

Engineering a robot to perform a variety of tasks in practically any environment requires rock-solid hardware that's seamlessly integrated with software systems. Agility engineers make this possible by engineering and designing Digit as an integrated system, then testing it in simulation before the robot's ever built. This holistic process ensures an end result that's truly mobile, versatile, and durable.

[ Agility Robotics ]

These aerial anti-drone systems a pretty cool to watch, but at the same time, they're usually only shown catching relatively tame drones. I want to see a chase!

[ Delft Dynamics ]

The cleverest bit in this video is the CPU installation at 1:20.

[ Kuka ]

Volvo Construction Equipment is proud to present Volvo LX03–an autonomous concept wheel loader that is breaking new grounds in smart, safe and sustainable construction solutions. This fully autonomous, battery-electric wheel loader prototype is pushing the boundaries of both technology and imagination.

[ Volvo ]

Sarcos Robotics is the world leader in the design, development, and deployment of highly mobile and dexterous robots that combine human intelligence, instinct, and judgment with robotic strength, endurance, and precision to augment worker performance.

[ Sarcos ]

From cyclists riding against the flow of traffic to nudging over to let another car pass on a narrow street, these are just a handful of typical yet dynamic events The Waymo Driver autonomously navigates San Francisco.

[ Waymo ]

I always found it a little weird that Aibo can be provided with food in a way that is completely separate from providing it with its charging dock.

[ Aibo ]

With these videos of robots working in warehouses, it's always interesting to spot the points where humans are still necessary. In the case of this potato packing plant, there's a robot that fills boxes and a robot that stacks boxes, but it looks like a human has to be between them to optimize the box packing and then fold the box top together.

[ Soft Robotics ]

The 2021 Bay Area Robotics Symposium (BARS) is streaming right here on Friday!

[ BARS ]

Talks from the Releasing Robots into the Wild workshop are now online; they're all good but here are two highlights:

[ Workshop ]

This is an interesting talk exploring self-repair; that is, an AI system understanding when it makes a mistake and then fixing it.

[ ACM ]

Professor Andrew Lippman will welcome Dr. Joaquin Quiñonero Candela in discussing "Responsible AI: A perspective from the trenches." In this fireside chat, Prof. Lippman will discuss with Dr. Quiñonero-Candela the lessons he learned from 15 years building and deploying AI at massive scale, first at Microsoft and then at Facebook. The discussion will focus on some of the risks and difficult ethical tradeoffs that emerge as AI gains in power and pervasiveness.

[ MIT ]

Video Friday: TurtleBot 4

Par Evan Ackerman


Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):

Silicon Valley Robot Block Party – October 23, 2021 – Oakland, CA, USA
SSRR 2021 – October 25-27, 2021 – New York, NY, USA

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.


We'll have more details on this next week, but there's a new TurtleBot, hooray!

Brought to you by iRobot (providing the base in the form of the new Create 3), Clearpath, and Open Robotics.

[ Clearpath ]

Cognitive Pilot's autonomous tech is now being integrated into production Kirovets K-7M tractors, and they've got big plans: "The third phase of the project envisages a fully self-driving tractor control mode without the need for human involvement. It includes group autonomous operation with a 'leader', the movement of a group of self-driving tractors on non-public roads, the autonomous movement of a robo-tractor paired with a combine harvester not equipped with an autonomous control system, and the use of an expanded set of farm implements with automated control and functionality to monitor their condition during operation."

[ Cognitive Pilot ]

Thanks, Andrey!

Since the start of the year, Opteran has been working incredibly hard to deliver against our technology milestones and we're delighted to share the first video of our technology in action. In the video you can see Hopper, our robot dog (named after Grace Hopper, a pioneer of computer programming) moving around a course using components of Opteran Natural Intelligence, [rather than] a trained deep learning neural net. Our small development kit (housing an FPGA) sat on top of the robot dog guides Hopper, using Opteran See to provide 360 degrees of stabilised vision, and Opteran Sense to sense objects and avoid collisions.

[ Opteran ]

If you weren't paying any attention to the DARPA SubT Challenge and are now afraid to ask about it, here are two recap videos from DARPA.

[ DARPA SubT ]

A new control system, designed by researchers in MIT's Improbable AI Lab and demonstrated using MIT's robotic mini cheetah, enables four-legged robots to traverse across uneven terrain in real-time.

[ MIT ]

Using a mix of 3D-printed plastic and metal parts, a full-scale replica of NASA's Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, was built inside a clean room at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The activity served as a dress rehearsal for the flight version, which is scheduled for assembly in the summer of 2022.

[ NASA ]

What if you could have 100x more information about your industrial sites? Agile mobile robots like Spot bring sensors to your assets in order to collect data and generate critical insights on asset health so you can optimize performance. Dynamic sensing unlocks flexible and reliable data capture for improved site awareness, safety, and efficiency.

[ Boston Dynamics ]

Fish in Washington are getting some help navigating through culverts under roads, thanks to a robot developed by University of Washington students Greg Joyce and Qishi Zhou. "HydroCUB is designed to operate from a distance through a 300-foot-long cable that supplies power to the rover and transmits video back to the operator. The goal is for the Washington State Department of Transportation which proposed the idea, to use the tool to look for vegetation, cracks, debris and other potential 'fish-barriers' in culverts."

[ UW ]

Thanks, Sarah!

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover carries two microphones which are directly recording sounds on the Red Planet, including the Ingenuity helicopter and the rover itself at work. For the very first time, these audio recordings offer a new way to experience the planet. Earth and Mars have different atmospheres, which affects the way sound is heard. Justin Maki, a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Nina Lanza, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, explain some of the notable audio recorded on Mars in this video.

[ JPL ]

A new kind of fiber developed by researchers at MIT and in Sweden can be made into cloth that senses how much it is being stretched or compressed, and then provides immediate tactile feedback in the form of pressure or vibration. Such fabrics, the team suggests, could be used in garments that help train singers or athletes to better control their breathing, or that help patients recovering from disease or surgery to recover their normal breathing patterns.

[ MIT ]

Partnering with Epitomical, Extend robotic has developed a mobile manipulator and a perception system, to let anyone to operate it intuitively through VR interface, over a wireless network.

[ Extend Robotics ]

Here are a couple of videos from Matei Ciocarlie at the Columbia University ROAM lab talking about embodied intelligence for manipulation.

[ ROAM Lab ]

The AirLab at CMU has been hosting an excellent series on SLAM. You should subscribe to their YouTube channel, but here are a couple of their more recent talks.

[ Tartan SLAM Series ]

Robots as Companions invites Sougwen Chung and Madeline Gannon, two artists and researchers whose practices not only involve various types of robots but actually include them as collaborators and companions, to join Maria Yablonina (Daniels Faculty) in conversation. Through their work, they challenge the notion of a robot as an obedient task execution device, questioning the ethos of robot arms as tools of industrial production and automation, and ask us to consider it as an equal participant in the creative process.

[ UofT ]

These two talks come from the IEEE RAS Seasonal School on Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies based on Soft Robotics.

[ SofTech-Rehab ]

Video Friday: ANYmals and Animals

Par Evan Ackerman


Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):

ROSCon 2021 – October 20-21, 2021 – [Online Event]
Silicon Valley Robot Block Party – October 23, 2021 – Oakland, CA, USA
SSRR 2021 – October 25-27, 2021 – New York, NY, USA

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.


This project investigates the interaction between robots and animals, in particular, the quadruped ANYmal and wild vervet monkeys. We will test whether robots can be tolerated but also socially accepted in a group of vervets. We will evaluate whether social bonds are created between them and whether vervets trust knowledge from robots.

[ RSL ]

At this year's ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST), the Student Innovation Contest was based around Sony Toio robots. Here are some of the things that teams came up with:

[ UIST ]

Collecting samples from Mars and bringing them back to Earth will be a historic undertaking that started with the launch of NASA's Perseverance rover on July 30, 2020. Perseverance collected its first rock core samples in September 2021. The rover will leave them on Mars for a future mission to retrieve and return to Earth. NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are solidifying concepts for this proposed Mars Sample Return campaign. The current concept includes a lander, a fetch rover, an ascent vehicle to launch the sample container to Martian orbit, and a retrieval spacecraft with a payload for capturing and containing the samples and then sending them back to Earth to land in an unpopulated area.

[ JPL ]

FCSTAR is a minimally actuated flying climbing robot capable of crawling vertically. It is the latest in the family of the STAR robots. Designed and built at the Bio-Inspired and Medical Robotics Lab at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev by Nitzan Ben David and David Zarrouk.

[ BGU ]

Evidently the novelty of Spot has not quite worn off yet.

[ IRL ]

As much as I like Covariant, it seems weird to call a robot like this "Waldo" when the world waldo already has a specific meaning in robotics, thanks to the short story by Robert A. Heinlein.

Also, kinda looks like it failed that very first pick in the video...?

[ Covariant ]

Thanks, Alice!

Here is how I will be assembling the Digit that I'm sure Agility Robotics will be sending me any day now.

[ Agility Robotics ]

Robotis would like to remind you that ROS World is next week, and also that they make a lot of ROS-friendly robots!

[ ROS World ] via [ Robotis ]

Researchers at the Australian UTS School of Architecture have partnered with construction design firm BVN Architecture to develop a unique 3D printed air-diffusion system.

[ UTS ]

Team MARBLE, who took third at the DARPA SubT Challenge, has put together this video which combines DARPA's videos with footage taken by the team to tell the whole story with some behind the scenes stuff thrown in.

[ MARBLE ]

You probably don't need to watch all 10 minutes of the first public flight of Volocopter's cargo drone, but it's fun to see the propellers spin up for the takeoff.

[ Volocopter ]

Nothing new in this video about Boston Dynamics from CNBC, but it's always cool to see a little wander around their headquarters.

[ CNBC ]

Computing power doubles every two years, an observation known as Moore's Law. Prof Maarten Steinbuch, a high-tech systems scientist, entrepreneur and communicator, from Eindhoven University of Technology, discussed how this exponential rate of change enables accelerating developments in sensor technology, AI computing and automotive machines, to make products in modern factories that will soon be smart and self-learning.

[ ESA ]

On episode three of The Robot Brains Podcast, we have deep learning pioneer: Yann LeCun. Yann is a winner of the Turing Award (often called the Nobel Prize of Computer Science) who in 2013 was handpicked by Mark Zuckerberg to bring AI to Facebook. Yann also offers his predictions for the future of artificial general intelligence, talks about his life straddling the worlds of academia and business and explains why he likes to picture AI as a chocolate layer cake with a cherry on top.

[ Robot Brains ]

This week's CMU RI seminar is from Tom Howard at the University of Rochester, on "Enabling Grounded Language Communication for Human-Robot Teaming."

[ CMU RI ]

A pair of talks from the Maryland Robotics Center, including Maggie Wigness from ARL and Dieter Fox from UW and NVIDIA.

[ Maryland Robotics ]

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