Robots. Fighting. Lightsabers.
While Google's keynote speech at the annual I/O developer's conference was a bit of a mixed bag - some cool news, but no big surprises - at least one thing has come out of it that's caught our imagination.
Techcrunch has produced a great report into a robot at the conference which can fight with lightsabers.
No, it's not going to change the world on its own. But actually, the idea behind it just might. The robot is part of a project aimed at making it easier for PHD students to develop robots, providing a reusable platform on which to build the next great robots of the future.
Take a look above for the fight - and head over to Techcrunch for the full story.
Meet Jules, the newest and most realistic humanoid robot yet from David Hanson and the team at Hanson Robotics.
A robot that looks just like its creator (www.newscientist.com).
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ACTROID-F in AIST Open Lab 2010.
Robot modeled after Albert Einstein. Einstein mimics the facial expressions he detects in others. Smile at him, and he'll smile back.
Cybernetic human dance demo in DCEXPO, 2010.
Humanoid face created by Hanson Robotics (www.hansonrobotics.com). Robotics scientists at Hanson previously created animatronic puppets for Disney studios.
Animatronic baby mechanism for anonymous TV series. Built by Chris Clarke for CNFX Workshop.
Taiwanese Kissing Robots (NTUST Robot) were exhibited in AutoRob2009 in Gwangju, Korea. They were developed by Prof. Chyi-Yeu Lin's research team in National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
Robot girl with silicone skin.