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IN Science & Technology ON 28 Dec, 2015
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) unveils recently their new disaster- resilient humanoid robot called R5. It has delicately-selected materials which can resist harsh conditions within and outside the planet. Aside from the physical characteristics, guess what? It knows how to dance well!
The future of multipurpose humanoid robot is coming to our ways.
Here, get to know our most admirable robot today.
The Valkyrie was engineered by the NASA's Johnson Space Center, and University of Texas (UT), as well as Texas A&M University (TA&MU).
It has a standard weight of 125 kg and a height of 6 feet.
Back in 2013, this humanoid was part of the prototypes at the 2013 DARPA Robotics Challenge. It was originally for earth's disaster problems. It had poor systems then. Two years later, it was tried to be redeveloped for extra-terrestrial missions, like Mars.
Northeastern University in Boston, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were given funding and Valkyrie prototypes to ensure their effectiveness while at the actual space operations. Their ultimate pros and cons will be tested in 2016 as NASA's Space Robotics Challenge will be held.
Aside from abilities to aid astronauts in the near future, one other skill is developed and that is dancing. So far, the humanoid has good at performing in balance.
Joints of this humanoid can twist accordingly. Valkyrie seems to have good 'Selfie' skills.
Valkyrie can do that too. What a very sophisticated programming. I'm sure that efforts will pay off soon.
This humanoid has exemplary potentials. Looking forward to 2016 and hoping that best will happen to the R5 model. If ever glitches appear, I hope that they can make genuine remedies. It is so exciting, Valkyrie!