Skiing robot hits the slopes

October 21, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Okay I am still trying to figure out the practicality of this advancement, but it could come in handy if we ever do an unmanned mission to a snow covered planet I suppose?  Anyway Bojan Nemec of the Jozef Stefan Institute unveiled a skiing robot capable of navigating slalom courses at a talk at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems this week. The robot uses a pair of computer systems, one attached to cameras and dedicated to plotting a course down the slope, and one attached to gyroscopes and force sensors which keeps the robot stabilized. A GPS unit, is used to help measure speed, but not for trajectory planning. The video below (more here) shows the robot, around the size of a child, barreling down a snow-covered hill on a couple of practice runs before taking on a giant slalom course.

Via: The Telegraph


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