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The arm, which measures about 1.5 meters long and has four fingers including one that works like a thumb, was able to pluck a ball, an empty bottle, a half-full bottle, a hammer, and a tennis racket out of thin air. It uses a series of cameras to "watch" the objects coming its way and then makes the necessary moves to act like a star center fielder.
"Today's machines are often pre-programmed and cannot quickly assimilate data changes," said Aude Billard, head of the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory at EPFL where the arm was programmed. "Consequently, their only choice is to recalculate the trajectories, which requires too much time from them in situations in which every fraction of a second can be decisive."
originally posted by: Indigent
So i saw robocop the other day (wasn't that bad) and now i'm thinking, in the movie the made the body react itself, to be controlled by the machine and not the brain of the guy, but at the same time it gave the illusion of control to the brain, as it was making the moves, couldn't be possible in the future instead of a complicated neural interface to robotic limbs that hinder the whole process just do something like this arm and the illusion of control to the patient.
If its not for amputees them is a cool fetch toy anyways on technology!