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Old 02-04-2010, 09:54 AM   #1
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I remember back in 1969 when Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon and made the legendary statement, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Today, GM is working with NASA to take another step – in the development of the next generation of robots and related technologies that will be used for both the automotive and aerospace industries. And, while this may seem like a small step to you, it’s a huge step for GM. Using leading edge control, sensor and vision technologies, GM and NASA built a new dexterous humanoid robot called Robonaut2, or R2 for those of you who like acronyms. It’s the next iteration of Robonaut.

Basically, the dexterous humanoid robot is a human-like robot capable of using its hands and fingers to do work – work that a human for one reason or another cannot accomplish alone. For example, robots can work in small or awkward crevices where a person cannot reach. A robot can also apply more force to an object from angles that humans physically cannot.

These benefits help eliminate health and safety risks to humans, while helping GM achieve its vision of designing, building and selling the world’s best vehicles.
Let me be very clear – GM does not aim to eliminate people out of the automated system, but rather to integrate the robots where one is deemed crucial to the success of a vehicle’s manufacturing process.

Our engineers worked with NASA engineers at the Johnson Space Center to build R2 with the goals of being able to use robots to help create safer cars and manufacturing plants and to assist NASA astronauts on dangerous space missions.

It’s really thrilling to think about the possibilities that this new endeavor brings not only NASA and GM, but also to our country’s ability to have the best scientists and engineers leading the world in advanced robotics technologies.

What all this means is that we are moving closer to a manufacturing world where humans and robots work side-by-side harmoniously to create the highest quality of products – and not only in the automotive and aerospace world, but also for other industries such as clean room technology, pharmaceutical manufacturing and electronics. We’re also actively looking to use this technology as we work toward advanced vehicle safety systems.

While this is a strategic business initiative for GM, I am personally excited to be working with rocket scientists – and who doesn’t want the chance to work with rocket scientists?
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:45 AM   #2
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Robots are crunchy munchy jambas@

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Old 02-09-2010, 09:03 AM   #3
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Does this mean we can expect the Hubble Space Telescope's replacement to have poor initial quality?
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:06 AM   #4
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didn't honda already do this with mosimo or something?
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:17 AM   #5
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didn't honda already do this with mosimo or something?





Honda's ASIMO can run.. but it's dexterity isn't really the focus... balance is.


Toyota has one too:
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:24 AM   #6
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GM does not aim to eliminate people out of the automated system, but rather to integrate the robots where one is deemed crucial to the success of a vehicle’s manufacturing process.

Oh gmblog you!

On a more serious note, I see absolutely nothing giant or leapish about this, but it is a pretty funny commercial.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:39 AM   #7
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This feels like when you're in school and you put the retarded kid's name on the science project.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:05 AM   #8
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Um, guys, as much as I hate to admit it, Robonaut2 is quite amazing. It has better dexterity than anything preceding it. It is probably the most advanced humanoid robot in the world.

I can tell you right now, we have plans for Robonaut2, well, we HAD plans for him...with Obama killing off any new heavy launch vehicles, all Robonaut2 can do is wave at the clouds... Thanks for to the President for his great 'vision' for space
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It does look good, obviously focused more in dexterity than the other types of humanoid robots out there. I'm just skeptical of GMs actual role in the process. Feels more like NASA was developing the robot and someone told them to put GMs name on it too so they can look good.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:22 AM   #10
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ha, ha..

your getting warmer..
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:39 PM   #11
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I can tell you right now, we have plans for Robonaut2, well, we HAD plans for him...with Obama killing off any new heavy launch vehicles, all Robonaut2 can do is wave at the clouds... Thanks for to the President for his great 'vision' for space
WOW! really?

yes Obama is set on destroying the world single handed, nothing that was done before he took office has anything to do with what is happening today !

do you have a brain , or do you just replay fox news propaganda all day !
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:56 PM   #12
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So if this is Robonaut 2 (R2) are they setting themselves up for the next version being Robonaut 2 Derivation 2 (R2D2)?
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WOW! really?

yes Obama is set on destroying the world single handed, nothing that was done before he took office has anything to do with what is happening today !

do you have a brain , or do you just replay fox news propaganda all day !
This isn't PP, and the only reference to Obama I see in his post is in regard to heavy launch vehicles for the space program. Typical over reaction on your part.
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