Robonaut 2 Uses American Sign Language (ASL) on ISS

Robonaut 2, the intrepid teleoperated NASA robot, recently completed a set of manual dexterity tests. It spelled out "Hello world" in American Sign Language on board the International Space Station.


(Robonaut 2 uses American Sign Language)

In his 1940 short story Robbie, sf great Isaac Asimov describes a robot that communicates entirely with gestures:

Robbie waited until she had caught her breath and then pulled gently at a lock of hair.
"You want something?" said Gloria, eyes wide in an apparently artless complexity that fooled her huge "nursemaid" not at all. He pulled the curl harder.
"Oh, I know. You want a story." Robbie nodded rapidly.
"Which one?" Robbie made a semi-circle in the air with one finger. The little girl protested, "Again? I've told you Cinderella a million times. Aren't you tired of it? -It's for babies."
Another semi-circle.
"Oh, well," Gloria composed herself, ran over the details of the tale in her mind (together with her own elaborations, of which she had several) and began...

Via Spaceports; thanks to Winchell Chung (aka @nyrath) of Project Rho for contributing this story.

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