Gigglebit: Robot’s defence against dodgeballs had one major flaw …

16 Mar 2015227 Views

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There’s no stopping the ATRIAS robot developed at Oregon State University where its creators are attempting to create a robot capable of traversing un-structured environments and, seemingly, withstand a barrage of dodgeballs.

Unluckily for the bi-pedal robot, the infamous Dodgeball quote, “if you dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball”, doesn’t apply for it as ATRIAS’ co-creator, Christian Hubicki, and his partner decide to see how much punishment it can take.

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Using the traditional orange dodgeballs, the ATRIAS robot jogged on the spot while being subjected to torment for a considerable amount of time, only to falter due something this journalist would like to describe as the ‘Putty Men’ school of fatal flaws, a massive stop button on its side.

Unsurprisingly, Hubicki said that the pair had “a particularly fun time making.” Where do I sign up?

Colm Gorey is a senior journalist with Siliconrepublic.com

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