We just fawned over Anybots' dynamically balancing robot (Dexter) earlier this week, and (his brother?) already has a new trick. It might not look like much, but according to Dexter's developers:

Throwing a ball to someone is difficult, but even more difficult is using visual information of a ball in flight to put your hand in the right place within a few hundred milliseconds, and then actually -close- that hand within a few tens of milliseconds.

There is no information on their website about how this throwing/catching process works, or whether or not the robot is capable of tracking a subject, say carrying groceries, and hurling a ball in their direction. More info on that development as we get it.


Thanks Martin!