This Sarcoman robot can juggle

We have seen some interesting robots in our time, and this Sacroman has the ability to do something that I can’t: juggle.

I’m pretty certain that Asimo isn’t capable of doing that. Sure, it may be able to walk up a flight of stairs, but as far as I’m concerned, if a robot can’t do circus stunts, then it isn’t a robot.

Apparently, the robot has a vision system that can somehow make “dynamic adjustments to its movements based on the paths of the balls”. I’ve got a video of it after the jump so you can see it for yourself.

Believe it or not, this video is over four years old. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was older. In fact, I checked on Sarcos Robotics website, a “research and development leader in designing and building”, and the latest news is from the nineties, I’m serious.

Okay, I’m going to be that guy who suggests this. Imagine if you could make several robots that could juggle like this. My question would be if a juggling robot would be at all impressive?

After all, a human learns how to juggle, and it takes some discipline. In fact, it is more discipline than I have ever undertook. However, a robot that juggles is just doing what it is programmed to do. I’ll bet that makes you think twice about starting a robotic circus.


2 thoughts on “This Sarcoman robot can juggle”

  1. Hi,
    We (Sarcos) designed, fabricated and installed that robot in a lab in Japan in late 1998. It was made to study how people learn by trying out heuristic algorithms on robots, and seeing how they perform. The juggling was one of many tasks, which included bouncing a ball on a tennis racket, playing air hockey with a person (it was surprisingly good at it, BTW), balancing an inverted pendulum, and other dynamic activities requiring real-time corrections and the building of a descriptive physical model by the robot’s control system. We have since designed other humanoid robot systems to explore walking, one of which you may have seen that was commanded by the signals from a monkey’s brain (published January 15, 2008 in the NYT).
    Fraser Smith

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