NASA, GM develop faster, more dexterous robot

  • 09-Feb-2010 10:27 EST
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Robonaut 2 can use its hands to do work beyond the scope of prior humanoid machines and is capable of working safely alongside people, a necessity both on Earth and in space.

Engineers and scientists from NASA and General Motors Co. worked together through a Space Act Agreement at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, to build a new humanoid robot capable of working side by side with people. Using control, sensor, and vision technologies, future robots could assist astronauts during hazardous space missions and help GM build safer cars and plants. The two organizations, with the help of engineers from Oceaneering Space Systems of Houston, developed and built the next iteration of Robonaut. Robonaut 2 can use its hands to do work beyond the scope of prior humanoid machines.

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