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ATRIAS Robot Gets Hit By Barrage of Dodgeballs

Watch this bipedal robot get attacked by vicious dodgeball-loving researchers

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ATRIAS Robot Gets Hit By Barrage of Dodgeballs
Image: Oregon State University Dynamic Robotics Laboratory

Last Friday, we saw ATRIAS, the spring-legged bipedal robot from Oregon State University, getting kicked repeatedly. Today Christian Hubicki from OSU writes in to share another video, which he and his colleagues “had a particularly fun time making.” 

I see. It looks like it was fun for the humans, right ATRIAS? What we think would be more fun is if ATRIAS gets equipped with a dodgeball shooting machine and then we can have a fair game:

What do you say, humans?

PS: The OSU researchers are sending us more details about their robot, and we’ll have that for you in another post.


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The Bionic-Hand Arms Race

The prosthetics industry is too focused on high-tech limbs that are complicated, costly, and often impractical

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A photograph of a young woman with brown eyes and neck length hair dyed rose gold sits at a white table. In one hand she holds a carbon fiber robotic arm and hand. Her other arm ends near her elbow. Her short sleeve shirt has a pattern on it of illustrated hands.

The author, Britt Young, holding her Ottobock bebionic bionic arm.

Gabriela Hasbun. Makeup: Maria Nguyen for MAC cosmetics; Hair: Joan Laqui for Living Proof

In Jules Verne’s 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, members of the fictitious Baltimore Gun Club, all disabled Civil War veterans, restlessly search for a new enemy to conquer. They had spent the war innovating new, deadlier weaponry. By the war’s end, with “not quite one arm between four persons, and exactly two legs between six,” these self-taught amputee-weaponsmiths decide to repurpose their skills toward a new projectile: a rocket ship.

The story of the Baltimore Gun Club propelling themselves to the moon is about the extraordinary masculine power of the veteran, who doesn’t simply “overcome” his disability; he derives power and ambition from it. Their “crutches, wooden legs, artificial arms, steel hooks, caoutchouc [rubber] jaws, silver craniums [and] platinum noses” don’t play leading roles in their personalities—they are merely tools on their bodies. These piecemeal men are unlikely crusaders of invention with an even more unlikely mission. And yet who better to design the next great leap in technology than men remade by technology themselves?

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