Dan Granett, a former engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is leading the charge to build a 70-foot-tall diesel-powered robot designed to juggle cars as if they were circus props, reports Gizmodo.
Juggling is complex and require flawless hand-eye coordination, so this sideshow bot will rely upon a human operator embedded in the robot’s head, hooked up to a haptic feedback suit while “juggling” in realtime.
The robot will simply follow the operator’s motions in order to catch and release its “juggling balls” — Volkswagen Beetles.
Monster-sized robot that it is, the first thing to complete is a human-sized proof of concept. Granett estimates the prototype will cost $US30,000 and take 60 days to assemble.
Here is one such (computer-generated!) human-sized prototype:
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