NASA’s Robonaut 2 (robotic astronaut), which is called R2 for short, was delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) in early 2011. Last week, R2 came to life and greeted Commander Dan Burbank with the first “man-robot” handshake in space.
First Robonaut-Astronaut Handshake
R2 can controlled by telepresence either from Earth or from the ISS. R2 runs on 38 PowerPC processors and has over 350 sensors which makes it extremely dextrous and able to sense its surroundings.
The Universal Jamming Grippers consists of a balloon filled with sand or coffee grounds. When slightly inflated it can wrap itself around an object. Then when the air is removed the balloon tightens its grip and holds tight.
Universal Jamming Grippers in Action Picking up a Glass of Water
In keeping with the thread of creepy androids, meet ‘Repliee R-1’ an android made at Osaka University. It was designed after a five-year old girl, and has flexible silicone skin with 50 sensors and motors.
It seems like there is something really wrong with this girl…
In the video below an Anybots Inc. Engineer in Mountain View, CA uses his Anybot to order a scone from Red Rock Cafe on Castro Street. Before you know it, he’ll be ordering you to show him your papers! (Keep in mind that this is supposed to be a blog about scary robots, and scones just don’t seem to cut it!)