New robot skier takes to the slopes (w/ Video)

Oct 23, 2009 by Lin Edwards weblog

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new robot skier has been invented that can be fitted with off-the-shelf skis. This is not the first skiing robot, since Japanese scientists have produced their own (see PhysOrg.com article here), but is bigger and heavier, being around the same size as an eight-year-old child.

The robot was invented by a Slovenian scientist, Bojan Nemec from the Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana. Resembling a on robotic legs fitted with ordinary skis, the robot can, with a little practice, ski down slopes slalom style and navigate a route between a series of race gates. The robot is stabilized by gyros and force sensors.

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Ski Robot Could Decipher the Art of Skiing
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via IEEE Spectrum

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cvj
not rated yet Nov 01, 2009
This is amazing. Just what technique is the robot using it is traditional ski technique. This could prove who's theory of mogul skiing is correct using angles as the robot does or using mogul specifc teccnique or a stacked position. IMO angles is how you should ski all over the Mt. as does the robot.

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