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Robot Archer iCub learns to shoot arrows, pierces our mortal heart (video)

published 2577 days, 16 hours, 58 minutes ago posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2579 days, 14 hours, 13 minutes ago
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 4:44:49 AM GMT Monday, September 27, 2010 7:29:21 AM GMT

How do you make a creepy baby robot downright cute? Give it an Indian headdress and teach it the the bow-and-arrow, of course. The same team of researchers who brought us the pancake-flipping robot arm have imbued this iCub with a learning algorithm that lets it teach itself archery much the same as a human might do, by watching where the suction-tipped arrow lands and adjusting its aim for each subsequent shot. In this case, it obtained a perfect bullseye after just eight attempts. Watch it for yourself after the break, and ponder the fate of man -- how can we possibly stop an uprising of adorable robots that never miss?

category: technology | clicked: 0 | | source: www.engadget.com | show counter code
tags: icub, robot, TargetPractice, video

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