Wednesday, April 8, 2009

an extraordinary hexapod

Definitely one of the most organically moving robots I have taken notice of is this "A-Pod" hexapod walking, dancing and sodacan-handling machine. As far as I understand it the robot is still remotely controlled, and does not develop these motions by learning from interacting with its environment itself, but nevertheless it is an inspiring vision for the quality of movement we might expect from our future devices. May we be able to use our bodily skills meaningfully again in interaction with our technological friends, instead of rattling on qwertyboards for the entire day. I do hope that designers soon start to get involved in these kinds of projects, so something more creative and purposeful comes out than the next direct emulation of a human or other already existing animal.

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