Juggling isn’t an easy skill to master, especially when you up the challenge to keeping seven balls in the air. It’s even harder for robots to do, which is why Nathan Peterson’s automaton busker deserves more than just a handful of loose change if you happen to come across it busking in the subway.
This woman totally seems like she has harnessed the power of a black hole and can suck up all the light and everything around her. But it's just a nice little camera trick showing swinging burning steel wool in reverse. The light flies to her as she twists and turn but in reality, it's just being flung away. Still…
If you watched charming 1999 animated movie The Iron Giant and thought, "Man, I wish that robot was real, and also could juggle Volkswagen Bugs," then do I have the Kickstarter campaign for you.
Imagine this: A towering 70-foot diesel-powered robot, equipped with a haptic control interface that lets a human operate the machine, as it uses hydraulic cylinders to juggle three 1800 lb. cars (specifically, Volkswagen Beetles) in the air before a rapt audience.
There hasn't been much innovation in the world of juggling since the chainsaw was invented. But thanks to the work of Hiroaki Yamaguchi and Hideki Koike, who created a real-time tracking and projection system that can bring balls to life, busking is about to get interesting again.
French juggler Lindzee Poi is a wizard who basically turns a set of juggling rings into a mind warping finger dance. Poi is so fluid that your mind really thinks the rings are moving on their own. I love it when my brain can't process what's in front of it.
Juggling might be the most fun useless skill to have. People who can't juggle see it as some impossible trick while those who have mastered the skill can see through the flying orb planets as some easy math problem. Just check out the view from a juggler's perspective. For me, a non-juggler, it looks like the ball is…
I don't think I am as good at anything as these guys are at juggling. Seriously, like not even walking or sleeping or eating or brushing my teeth. They're so good at throwing multiple random objects in the air and then catching it perfectly that they must be able to use their minds to control inanimate objects. Or be…
In today's tough economic climate even industrial robots are having a hard time finding work. So it's nice to see that researchers at Chiba University in Japan have successfully taught a robot arm how to juggle. An important skill that will let robots continue to earn a living by busking on the streets.
Perhaps the scientists' time could've been better spent inventing robots that can cure cancer or something, but did I mention these are JUGGLING ROBOTS? They don't even cheat by using sensors like other juggling machines.