Hockey-playing robot can stick it to you

Not bad, for a humanoid: Jennifer practices her slapshot.

(Credit:
Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)

Here in Canada, you make the best of the long cold winters by getting out there and skiing, skating, testing solar bulbs, and launching Lego men into the stratosphere. Or you build hockey-playing robots.

Jennifer is a DARwin-OP robot from the University of Manitoba’s Autonomous Agents Laboratory that can shimmy around on a rink and even stick-handle a bit. She’s billed as the first of her kind.

Named after Canadian hockey Olympic medalist Jennifer Botterill, the bot has mini skates, a stick, a Team Canada jersey, and a ball and puck to play with. In the vid below, she shuffles around to the old theme from “Hockey Night in Canada” and you can’t beat that.

The piece was put together as a submission to the DARwin-OP Humanoid Application Challenge at IEEE ICRA in May. The robots are open-platform humanoids developed by U.S. universities and sold by Korean firm … [Read more]

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