German Aerospace Agency robot can catch and serve up coffee

The German Aerospace Agency has created an advanced light weight robot that can catch a tossed ball with one hand or both hands simultaneously. The “Rollin’ Justin” robot achieves this by using it’s vision system to continuously predict the trajectory of the ball while altering it’s position and appendages to catch it. Thus far it has a catch rate of about 80% which is quite impressive, more impressive is its tactile force sensing capability allowing it to distinguish between soft or solid objects and adjust the firmness of its grasp accordingly. The robot can leverage it’s advanced sensing system to perform more complex tasks like making Coffey. For more information check out the white paper on this technology

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