To be fair, some of PR2’s Poolshark programming team look to be pretty terrible at pool, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive that in only five days, PR2 learned how to hold and shoot a pool cue, recognize ball locations, select the best shot, and then sink it. If you’re wondering what this robot can’t do, the answer seems to be nothing (besides using stairs and round door knobs).
Willow Garage has two more of these week long ‘hackathons’ planned this month, which will include teaching PR2 how to push a cart (meh) and fetching drinks from a fridge (yes please). A robot that can play pool and fetch me beer? Hellooooo new best friend.
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