EPFL’s robot catches objects at lightning speeds

Date:14 May 2014 Tags:, ,

Researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in France have built a robot that’s capable of reacting without human intervention and grasping objects with complex shapes and trajectories in less than five hundredths of a second. With its palm open, the robot is completely motionless. A split second later, it suddenly unwinds and catches all sorts of flying objects thrown in its direction – a tennis racket, a baseball, a bottle.

The arm measures about 1,5 metres long and keeps an upright position. It has three joints and a sophisticated hand with four fingers. It was programmed at the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory at EPFL and designed to test robotic solutions for capturing moving objects. It is unique and rather spectacular because it has the ability to catch projectiles of various irregular shapes in less than five hundredths of a second.

Catch it in action…

Source: EPFL

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