donderdag, augustus 04, 2005

Robot catcher grabs ball at 300 km/hour!

Hello everybody. Here I am again to bore you all with some high tech news. This time: the realm of robotics. Here we go :)
Scientists at the University of Tokyo, Japan (where else..) have developed a 'robotic catcher' that can comfortably grab a ball flying thru the air at 300 kilometres per hour, or 83 metres per second. And then I say: wow! yet another little piece of the big "Come with me if you want to live/Terminator II" - puzzle, solved! Anyway, the damn thing has an array of 32 by 48 individual photo detectors in its “palm” so as to track a ball's trajectory @ high speed and a series of specialised image processing circuits to 'recognise' the movement almost instantly. And last but not least: It uses High speed actuators to move its fingers through 180 degrees in 0.1 second!

And the reason for making this thing? Well, there was some blabla, but I think they just had nothing better to do and did it because they could. Cause come on.. if we human beings needed any other reason, we would still live in the jungle.

So greetings fellow earthlings & don't forget to smile once in a while!

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