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Friday, 6 May 2011

Robot uses on-board tracking to catch balls autonomously

The Engineer
May 5, 2011

A service robot from DLR - German Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics has been given the ability to catch balls completely autonomously using only on-board sensing and tracking.

’Rollin’ Justin’, a humanoid robot, was built around two years ago to carry out everyday household tasks requiring fine manipulation. The intention was to use Justin as a research platform to retrofit new abilities the latest being the catching of two balls simultaneously.

‘It’s not really easy to catch a ball; it’s a dynamic task that takes dexterity,’ Dr Berthold Bäuml told The Engineer.


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