NASA is finally letting Robonaut 2 do some stuff, and they’re sharing it with the public – there’s actually a steady feed of news, only mildly cheesy 1st-person commentary, and some decent R2 photos & video beaming down from the ISS.
Next to Team SCHAFT’s new Google overlords withdrawing them from further competition, the poor showing of NASA’s Valkyrie robot might have seemed the DRC Trials’s biggest disappointment, but it’s nowhere near that simple: NASA JSC and the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) are keeping the flame alive, and by flame we’re talking like…nuclear blow-torch.
Strongly. Mr. Saenz makes a decent point that Robonaut is far from the first complex robot we’ve sent to space. However, referring to this accomplishment as merely “hype,” that it’s only special because of it’s shape kind of… well, misses the point. Because it, you know, is the point… [VIA SINGULARITY HUB]