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

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

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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

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

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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