Skiing Robot

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Bojan Nemec of the Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia developed an AI-enabled robot that can maneuver on skis without falling over:

The laptop control center plans the robot's trajectory, using a camera to measure its distance from the race gates. Gyros and force sensors help the bot stay stabilized on the slopes.

The robot carries a GPS unit, but it's used to help measure speed, not for trajectory planning. That makes sense, if you're trying to build a robot that works more like a human, relying on vision.

At the link, you can find the blooper reel from the video shoot.

Link via Popular Science

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I see a future in this robot for automated rescue-rides when some victim is loaded by rescueworkers on a stretcher with ski's on it and a small unit. And then they say to the unit "go home" and off it goes without any further need to be supervised till it has kome down the mountain.
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