Robotic Platform Keeps Ball Perfectly Balanced In Center

December 17, 2014

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Seen here interviewing for a job at the circus after all the ball-balancing bears ran away, this is a video of an automated platform that can keep a ball bearing perfectly balanced in the middle, despite the interviewer's lackluster efforts to knock it off. Not to brag or anything, but I know for a fact I could knock that ball off. Especially with a hammer. The platform is also programmed to be able to roll the ball around its surface in predetermined patterns. Honestly, I thought the best thing about the video was the way the robot freaked out every time the ball was taken away. You could tell it's suffering. That brought me great joy.

Hit the jump for the video. Hit the robot with a bat to win my good graces.

Thanks to ringmaster Danny, who agreed to let the robot join the circus under the condition it has to room with frogboy, and frogboy is weird.

  • shashi

    "You could tell it's suffering. That brought me great joy" these kinds of statements are why i enjoy this blog so much, and why we will be reduced to pets after the singularity

  • Dani

    very impressive, this is so good that actually makes me want to see it fail

  • Fred

    Is it just me or does it seem really angry every time the guy moves the ball?

  • The_Wretched

    Psychological feedback to the user. It's a lot easier for the machine to center the ball if it isn't getting moved.

  • Jenness

    This type of technology is so useful if they can translate it to prosthetic pieces that aren't cumbersome that can help stabilize people for walking - or like that spoon developed to counter hand tremors in people who have neuro diseases like Parkinson's so they can eat out and not shake all the food off the fork or spoon and feel normal. Love it!

  • DeathBotGamma

    Well said.

  • DeathBotGamma

    It looks like it's going thru Delerium Tremens.

  • shashi

    yay im learnding, get the Benzodiazepine

  • stuffsticks

    Really does look like it gets angry

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