Robot Skills and Ills
The world of robots got even more interesting and foreboding this week. Below are two stories that, especially taken in contrast to one another, are amazing. Both stories come to us through Hearst & Electronic Products
Ping Pong Playing Robot (or is that “PingBot“?)
This first story (video) is interesting in that this guy, Ulf Hoffman, built this thing in their garage and wrote the operating software from scratch. The problem is I wouldn’t be able to play to a forehand or backhand. You can read the full story HERE
Along Came CUPID
short for Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone, is an app controlled six-pronged-copter flying drone that packs an 80,000 volt Taser dart ― legally surpassing policemen’s 50,000 volt Tasers.
And this armed drone, billed as a “technology demonstration”, is designed to identify and tazer suspects.
“CUPID is simple: once an intruder is spotted on a property, CUPID will fly over and transmit an image of their face. If the property owner does not grant clearance, then CUPID will issue an audio warning before tazering any uncompliant persons into submission, then wait the authorities to arrive. ”
I am pretty sure, police will be the first to fire the tazer on this thing and government will be the first to use its surveillance function. When this cupid’s arrow finds you, it won’t be love in the air, it will be screams and urine.
Read this full story HERE (then run)