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

October 23rd, 2009 by Lin Edwards in Technology / Robotics

(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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More information:
Ski Robot Could Decipher the Art of Skiing
Bojan Nemec page

via IEEE Spectrum

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