Airbot is a robot X-man

by Mark R

Okay, take two minutes out of your busy schedule to watch this robot using some major-league telekinesis. Chances are, you’ll probably be thinking what I’m thinking: I didn’t realize droids could be Jedis too.

As you might have guessed, the Airbot, as it is called, uses the same technology as the Mindflex that we reported on back at CES last January. I have to admit, I don’t think that accuracy in ballistics was part of Mindflex or the Star Wars Force Trainer, a similar product.

I also don’t remember these toys being able to peel an onion. The Airbot also has the ability to use its air-stream to lift any object weighing up to 188 grams and 97mm in radius.

Airbot was the creation of two University of Illinois students Aaron Becker and Robert Sanheinrich, as well as the help of their professor, Timothy Bretl. It was first on display at IROS 2009 (IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent RObots and Systems).

Sure, it may be in the development stages for now, but applications for this are pretty endless. Just think of an age where robots use their telekinetic powers to bus dishes from tables. That, or carry all sorts of stuff from here to there.


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