Dennis Hong’s seven robot species on TED

This very cool video on the TED (Technology, Entertainment, & Design) site features Dennis Hong explaining and demonstrating his award winning robots. Hong is founder and director of the Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) at Virginia Tech, where he and his students build these amazing machines. My two favorites are CLIMBeR, which can scale escarpment walls (good for planetary geology exploration), and the amazing soccer-playing DARwin. By 2050, Hong expects we’ll have a team of full-size robots that will be able to play against world-class human soccer players – and win! Place your bets now.

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