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Intermission: The Robots Can Now Fly and Juggle at the Same Time Intermission: The Robots Can Now Fly and Juggle at the Same Time

Intermission: The Robots Can Now Fly and Juggle at the Same Time

by Andrew Price

March 31, 2011

Researchers at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control in Zurich have developed flying robots that can juggle ping-pong balls in midair. The whole scene is tracked by an overhead motion capture system and the robots are controlled by a pair of computers. Like nearly every cool advance in robotics, this research is being pursued with military applications in mind, which is kind of a bummer. Why can't we just have science in the service of racket sports?

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