Researchers Show Off Laser-Guided Robot

March 12, 2008 By GREG BLUESTEIN, Associated Press Writer
Researchers Show Off Laser-Guided Robot (AP)
Using a laser pointer, Hai Nguyen, a research student in Georgia Tech's Ph.D. program in Robotics, instructs the EL-E, a laser-directed robot, to pick up a cup at the Health Systems Institute in Atlanta, Friday, March 7, 2008. The robot, which was unveiled Wednesday at an Amsterdam conference, will be tested this summer in a real-world setting involving patients with a degenerative disease. (AP Photo/Stanley Leary)

(AP) -- The El-E robot looks like something you'd see in a Hollywood sci-fi flick: It's got two lenses spaced together just like eyes and a slender 5 1/2-foot-tall body. It spurts out wacky catch phrases when it accomplishes its goals.

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