Robot catcher grabs ball at 300 km/hour!
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!
So greetings fellow earthlings & don't forget to smile once in a while!