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August 26, 2010 / Martijn

Babies Take the Wheel of Driving Robots

Babies with physical disabilities don’t have the same opportunities to explore their environment as their peers, which is why giving them the infant equivalent of powered exoskeletons is a splendid idea.

But it’s the control mechanism on this particular baby robo-chair that’s the real genius: by sticking the baby into a seat strapped onto a Wii Fit Balance Board perched atop a Pioneer 3 robot platform, researchers from Ithaca College created a robot that travels in whatever direction a baby leans.

via Technology Review: Blogs: Mims’s Bits: Babies Take the Wheel of Driving Robots.

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