Today in Skynet news

The maps that it builds at around 1:09 and 1:54 are pretty sweet.

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14 Responses:

  1. ultranurd says:

    It even comes with ominous sound effect.

    At least I know I'll be first against the wall, being only one town over.

  2. did anyone else think "omg manhacks?"

  3. Dennis says:

    Meh. My Roomba can do all of that.

    Wait. Does it count if I fling it like a discus?

  4. lnghnds says:

    Could the narrator be any less interested?

    • I think you just signed up to re-record the narration in monster truck style. We'll expect to see it posted next SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY

    • dasht says:

      All the academic robotics labs videos sound just like that. It's the same way researchers all (with rare exceptions, like, say, Guy Steele in CS) learn to write papers in the same "voice".

      It's neutral. It shuns hype. It plays well with the the boys and girls with brass on their shoulders.


  5. spoonyfork says:

    That so reminded me of playing Adventure on a green screen back in the 1980's.

  6. luserspaz says:

    This is totally awesome. I can't believe they haven't outfitted it with some sort of nerf missile launcher, though. At least, if they have, they haven't put the video online yet.

  7. gfish says:

    And suddenly the world discovers SLAM, weird. The cool thing here is the precision of control over the helicopter, not the LIDAR mapping. That's 5-10 years old.

    • mackys says:

      I'm impressed they managed to get a LIDAR sensor onto a model helicopter. Those sensors must have gotten at least two orders of magnitude smaller and lighter than they were the last time I saw them.

      • gfish says:

        Yeah, it looks like one of the new Hokuyo units that my lab was playing with last year. They're pretty sweet for the size. I'm impressed they could carry the weight and power it.

  8. hafnir says:

    Wow, that's like my MIT thesis on lots of steroids! (I'll send you the link private).