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January 26, 2011 / Martijn

Artificial retinas help robots

Can you balance a pencil on the tip of your finger? Probably not, but then you aren’t a high-speed robot with artificial retinas. Researchers at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, built their pencil-balancing bot to demonstrate that sometimes too much information can make a task harder. Balancing large poles is a well-known exercise in robotics research, but scaling down to a pencil hadn’t yet been achieved because robots couldn’t react fast enough.



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