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Be Master To Robot Slave

Now, you can be the master to your robot slave! Take a look at this prototype created by rodmanLT from RoboSavvy forums. Armbands and tethers let the operator control the torso of a Kondo KHR-1HV.

In the video, a human being enslaves a robot and compels it to play tennis.


(Master Slave robotics video)

In the comments on this video, rodman actually refers to it as a waldo, invented by Robert Heinlein in his 1942 story of the same name.

Waldo put his arms into the primary pair before him; all three pairs, including the secondary pair before the machine, came to life. Waldo flexed and extended his fingers gently; the two pairs of waldoes in the screen followed in exact, simultaneous parallelism.

I'd be interested in any full-body master-slave robotic mentions in sf. Readers?

This basic idea seems to be the basis for what upcoming movie?

See also NASA's Robonaut telepresence robot and of course the earth-shaking Tmsuk T52 Enryu Support Dragon Hyper Rescue Robot , which also give you that master-slave feeling.

Via Botropolis.

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