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Old 10-24-2012, 08:14 AM
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"Gangnam Style" craziness continues (with a dancing robot and Merchant Marines)

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We've got two "Gangnam Style" surprises for you this weekend in the form of a dancing robot and the Merchant Marines joining in on the musical military stand-off. We kick things off with the fascinating, bizarre, cool and everything in-between video above. Check it out.

The technology demonstration meets K-Pop music culture and dance video was posted by The Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) at Virginia Tech who write about it:

The CHARLI series humanoid robot is developed as a research platform to study bipedal walking and autonomous behaviors for humanoid robots. It is designed to be ultra light weight (under 15 kgs) for safety and low cost. As the next generation of the CHARLI series humanoid robots, CHARLI-2 improves stability and speed in walking, intelligence and autonomy, and soccer playing skills. CHARLI-L2 is also designed to participate in the autonomous robot soccer competition, RoboCup, in the Adult size league. CHARLI-2 implements an impressive active stabilization strategy based on sensory feedback (filtered IMU angles, gyro rate readings and proprioception information based on joint encoders.) Stabilizing torques at the ankle joints are applied based on this information, and successful ly rejects external disturbances. CHARLI-2 is honored "2011 Best Invention of the Year" by Time magazine, won the Louis Vuitton Best Humanoid Award (a.k.a. Louis Vuitton Cup) at RoboCup 2011, and won First Place in AdultSize league for autonomous soccer at both RoboCup 2011 and RoboCup 2012 among many awards.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504784_1...chant-marines/


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Old 10-24-2012, 08:28 AM
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Okay, stop what you're doing this instant! The pinnacle of robotic and viral video achievement (at least for the rest of today) has just been made in the form of a four-armed, mohawked robot playing the drums in tribute to the Ramones' legendary song "Blitzkrieg Bop". You've really got to see this one to believe it. Seriously. Check it out.

What the... like, seriously... I mean, just wow! This drum-playing robot is the clear front-runner for some kind of award in robotics of the awesome, right? The bizarre and brilliant video was posted by YouTube user lichenthrope with footage courtesy of Alan Sennett. And despite a series of truly amazing videos so far today here at The Feed, I think I can pretty safely say that this one right is near the pinnacle of viral video achievement... at least for the rest of the day.
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Hahahaha...

This whole phenomenon is nuts.

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I saw a GIF of the UN Leader guy with Psy doing it yesterday lol! His Reddit AMA was quite good too.
 
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thats pretty cool,all they short another one playing the piano.
 
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