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Offline Curtis Metcalf

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Robot to Get Spiderman Skills
« Reply #30 on: July 15, 2009, 09:15:54 am »
Robot to Get Spiderman Skills

A new grappling hook could let robots swing from tree to tree.
By Kristina Grifantini


Today, at the International Conference on Field and Service Robotics here in Cambridge, MA, robotics professor and prolific inventor Shigeo Hirose, from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, presented a grappling hook system designed to help robots get over difficult terrain.

Hirose says he was inspired by Batman's grappling hook and the way Spiderman stays in constant motion using a repetitive tether-and-swing action.

Complete article here.
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Re: Robot to Get Spiderman Skills
« Reply #31 on: July 17, 2009, 06:58:06 am »
Robot to Get Spiderman Skills

A new grappling hook could let robots swing from tree to tree.
By Kristina Grifantini


Today, at the International Conference on Field and Service Robotics here in Cambridge, MA, robotics professor and prolific inventor Shigeo Hirose, from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, presented a grappling hook system designed to help robots get over difficult terrain.

Hirose says he was inspired by Batman's grappling hook and the way Spiderman stays in constant motion using a repetitive tether-and-swing action.

Complete article here.


Dude built a wrist-launched grapple? :o

An engineer with a comic book collection is a dangerous thing. ;D

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Re: Metcalf's Eye on Technology
« Reply #32 on: January 26, 2010, 01:16:51 pm »
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." --Aristotle, Greek philosopher

Доверяй, но проверяй

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Re: Metcalf's Eye on Technology
« Reply #33 on: March 15, 2010, 12:26:20 pm »
Have y'all met Milo?
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." --Aristotle, Greek philosopher

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Re: Metcalf's Eye on Technology
« Reply #34 on: April 11, 2011, 02:30:05 pm »
"Seek first to understand, then to be understood."
"Be hard on systems, but soft on people."

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Re: Metcalf's Eye on Technology
« Reply #35 on: April 11, 2011, 06:30:51 pm »
Exoskeletons





I thought Amanda Boxtel walking for the first time in 19 yearswas pretty miraculous.

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Re: Metcalf's Eye on Technology
« Reply #36 on: April 12, 2011, 07:25:00 am »
Exoskeletons


I thought Amanda Boxtel walking for the first time in 19 years was pretty miraculous.


That's an amazing moment, isn't it? Although it's not literally the first time, it says that she had only 12 hours of training with the eLEGS.

In the comments, some complain about the military application - HULC. Here is one such comment with what I thought was a great reply:
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"In my lifetime, I'm a bit afraid of what the next developments will bring."

Let go of what harm technologies may bring, because men will find ways to kill no matter what. Fearing technology is like fearing a mirror. How these tools are used is just a reflection of the the collective human spirit. Calm the tensions in the hearts of our societies first, then our tools will become more benevolent.
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Re: Metcalf's Eye on Technology
« Reply #37 on: April 12, 2011, 07:51:02 am »
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Calm the tensions in the hearts of our societies first, then our tools will become more benevolent.



How Black Panther's father  T'Chaka said it?   (paraphrasing) "When your collective spirituality catches up with your technological prowess..."