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Rollin' Justin robot plays catch, makes coffee, aims to replace your dad (video)

Brian Heater
04.29.11
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With an 80 percent success rate, there's a pretty good chance that Justin here is better at playing catch than you are. This old German Aerospace Agency-designed robot, which we first saw in 2009, learned a new trick -- he can track thrown objects as they approach, calculate their flight path, and snap his cold, soulless hands around them before they hit the ground. Better yet, he can catch two objects at the same time. For his encore, Rollin' Justin uses his tactile finger sensors to prepare you a cup of coffee, just so you know there's no hard feelings once's he's done schooling you at three flies up. The 'bot can be controlled via iPad and acts totally grateful when you get him a tie for Christmas, even though it's not what he really wanted. Video after the break.

Update: Johannes sent us another video of him catching two balls with one hand! It's after the break.





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