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Scientists build a robot arm that catches objects in the blink of an eye

12
May
2014

Humans are good at catching fast-moving objects — just ask any baseball fan. Robots typically lag behind, however, which is why the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has developed a robot arm with the reaction time needed to catch just about anything. After learning the basic concepts by imitating human behavior, the machine uses its cameras to predict the path of a flying object and grab it in less than five hundredths of a second — roughly as fast as it takes you to blink.

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