Robots of Yore: Lab Footage From the 1980s to the Present

A montage from the University of Pennsylvania celebrates the work of three engineers.

Wiggling robots, juggling robots, and even flying swarms of quadrotor robots—engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a menagerie of bots over the decades. This short video focuses on work by Daniel E. Koditschek, Vijay Kumar, and Mark Yim, drawing from old video clips. Highlights include a six-legged robot driven by a human and early prototypes for the insect-like RHex. Edited by Kurtis Sensenig, the video promotes the Y-Prize competition, seeking suggestions for commercial applications for these machines. 

Those drones flying in formation might look familiar; Sensenig also created the viral hit below, in which the swarm performs the James Bond theme song

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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