Thursday, May 05, 2011
Wired reports: [edited]
Developed by German Aerospace firm DLR, Rollin’ Justin has been programmed and outfitted with 84 sensors spread out over its exoskeletal frame. Justin boasts an onboard 3-D camera system for analysing points in space, and there are 43 joints throughout its body that help enable movement in performing complex activities, including seven in each arm and 12 in each hand (a quarter of what humans possess).
Justin can operate a self-service coffee machine or catch a ball. Justin has a response time of 5 milliseconds and its onboard prediction capability figures the speed and trajectory of the ball to guess where it will be within a 2-centimeter area. Justin’s success rate for catching balls is now over 80 percent.