Aug. 13th, 2008

heron61: (Look to the future)
I've seen various robots that moved in various odd and interesting ways, but very few that moved in any sort of elegant or beautiful fashion. In addition to being aesthetically disappointing, this is also problematic, since movement humans find elegant is typically both smooth and highly efficient, and most robot movement is neither. Here's a robot snake that moves well (if not elegantly) on land, and with glorious and elegant beauty in the water (watch the video on the linked page). I don't think I've ever seen a robot that moved in such a lovely fashion, it swims exceptionally well. I can imagine that in 5 years there will be no shortage of marine biologists wanting to use somewhat ruggedized and salt-proof models of this robot to explore the ocean depths via real-time video-links, and perhaps in 15-20 years, we'll have later models swimming in the oceans of Europa. Knowing that people are creating new devices that move with elegance and beauty makes me very happy indeed.

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