Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson

Meet the BallmerBot

The BallmerBot joined Bill Gates on stage at his last public keynote here in Orlando earlier today.

Developed by UMass Amherst and using Microsoft's Robotics Studio as a development platform, the robot uses dynamic balancing to stay upright on its two oversized wheels. The hands are able to grasp most objects, and even throw a baseball (or an egg...). It also was one of the few attendees at the conference that flew in first class. The development team don't want it to go wherever Philip K. Dick's head went...

It's an impressive piece of work. What's more impressive is that the software components can be reused by the next generation of hardware...

The BallmerBot

The BallmerBot

I wonder if I could get one to do the dusting? It'd go well with the Roomba...

It's just a little disturbing when it wanders around chanting "Developers! Developers! Developers!"
Tags: flckr, photography, robots
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