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Old 07-21-2009, 09:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
Dodecahedron
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Conceptually, the idea of a machine "balancing" has been around for a while. Anyone that has taken a college course in mechanics of machines knows what I'm talking about. The only drawback is we have not had the processing power to handle the input and the feedback controls. UNTIL NOW.

In one of my college courses a few years ago I had an inverted pendulum on a wheel/track base, and using simple programming, you could push it in one direction and the pendulum would stay upright, just by controlling the speed of the base. If I could do that in college like three years ago, imagine how much control robots are going to have in the near future. With speed combined with input/outpus handling speeds and feedback manipulation, we could have robots dodging fucking bullets or catching and throwing back missiles in another decade
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