#1 By: Cory Doctorow, July 17th, 2013 17:56
#2 By: Mike Robinson, July 17th, 2013 18:12
Great, ninja robots. The one thing we had against the terminator (t-800) was it's relatively slow speed and inflexibility. Way to go guy, you've doomed us all!
#3 By: Anton, July 17th, 2013 18:19
Awww yeah little robot! (Yeah, I have a problem anthropomorphizing machines and get emotionally attached.)
That is seriously cool. I have no idea how that works or what fantastic science makes that happen, but it is pretty damn neat.
#4 By: Rufus_Sanders, July 17th, 2013 18:38
In the future they will backflip onto a carpet of bones and human skulls.
#5 By: David Forbes, July 17th, 2013 19:08
It looks remarkably like a tiny human gymnast. The most telling part for me was at the end of the landing, when its little arms went up. That's seen as a gesture of WIN, but also serves to counteract the rolling momentum, preventing the gymnast from falling face-down onto the mat.
#6 By: Heather, July 17th, 2013 20:21
Get rid of my inner ear and I could so do that.
#7 By: PeaceLove, July 17th, 2013 20:25
Legendary French magician Robert Houdin created a Trapeze Artist called Antonio Diavolo that did something similar...in 1849! Antonio is now owned by magic illusion designer Johnny Gaughan, who spent years restoring him to working condition. I saw Gaughan run Antonio through his paces at the Magic Castle in Hollywood years ago and it was a very wonderful thing indeed.
You can see a 2000 performance here: http://youtu.be/ZQCt6rglRdU?t=3m37s
#8 By: Jason Heiss, July 17th, 2013 21:28
Based on the landing it looks like the feet are heavily weighted. So I think sticking the landing was pretty much guaranteed as long as it landed feet first. But landing feet first is still an impressive feat (hah).
#9 By: Nonentity, July 17th, 2013 22:03
I am increasingly convinced that humans are grossly inferior to machines in nearly every way.
There is a lengthy bloopers reel.
#10 By: rattypilgrim, July 17th, 2013 22:40
You might say God is grossly inferior to humans in nearly every way. And I mean that in the most positive sense (for humans).
#11 By: akil, July 17th, 2013 23:34
man now i want to watch this bloopers reel with a human blooper reel synced up side-by-side.
#12 By: rattypilgrim, July 18th, 2013 01:03
Robots don't unionize, need health insurance, fair working hours, child care,vote, etc. Good for corporations, bad for humans who have to make a living wage.
#13 By: bogdog, July 18th, 2013 06:56
It's not wearing a leotard.
#14 By: Manny, July 18th, 2013 08:33
Whenever I read about robot overlords or the inevitable robot attack on their organic creators, I wonder why they would bother. What do we have that they would want? They could fit themselves up to live on Mars (for example) and avoid the bother of war.
#15 By: skeptacally, July 18th, 2013 10:00
i'm thinking i'd have plenty of time to run away while it did its preparatory loop-dee-loops.
ninja robot's not kicking my ass.
no, sir. not today.
#16 By: Frank_Xavior, July 18th, 2013 12:07
At first, there were BATTLEBOTS
but comming soon... ROBOT OLYMPICS !
#17 By: Kimmoth, July 18th, 2013 21:41
I want to know if it uses any feedback, or whether it's just a painstakingly-edited list of timed instructions.
Holy crap! I guess that's a pretty strong clue to the above question.
#18 By: Cory Doctorow, July 22nd, 2013 17:56
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