Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Technabob is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Learn more.

This Robot Will Beat You at Jenga

by Conner Flynn
Advertisement

When not building robots that we kill us and take over the world, researchers at MIT are working on robots that will just demoralize us and make us feel like losers. For example, this specialized robot combines vision and touch to teach itself to play Jenga. In case you’ve been living under a rock all your life, Jenga is a game of stacked wooden blocks where you have to pull out blocks without making the tower collapse.

zoom in

The robot has a soft-pronged gripper, a force-sensing wrist cuff, and an external camera that allows it to “see” and “feel” the tower and the individual blocks. It can push gently against a block as the visual and tactile feedback is assessed from the camera and cuff. These forces are compared to other measurements. It can learn in real-time if the block can be removed without making the tower collapse. There’s no way we can compete with that.

Researchers think this technology would be great for things like separating recyclable objects from a landfill, and assembling consumer products. Then they just laugh at how much this robot will kick your butt at Jenga. Really they are just using their big brains to mess with us and to point and laugh.

[via SlashGear]



Shadowlands Bolvar’s Hammer Replica

Shadowlands Bolvar’s Hammer Replica

Win a 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 and a Shelby F-150 Truck

Win a 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 and a Shelby F-150 Truck

Dice Tower Stacking Skills

Dice Tower Stacking Skills

Advertisement
Win a Loaded 2020 Tesla Model X Performance with Ludicrous Mode

Win a Loaded 2020 Tesla Model X Performance with Ludicrous Mode

2021 Porsche Panamera Lineup Topped by Turbo S E-Hybrid

2021 Porsche Panamera Lineup Topped by Turbo S E-Hybrid

Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 Discontinued

Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 Discontinued

Advertisement