Opportunity Surpasses 30 KM Driving and Snaps Skylab Crater in 3 D

The 7 Year and 30 Kilometer Long Journey of Opportunity to June 1, 2011 This collage of martian surface mosaics and orbital maps shows the entire route traversed by NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover from landing on Jan 24, 2004 to surpassing the 30 kilometer driving mark on June 1, 2011(see map notation). Opportunity is on an overland expedition driving to Endeavour Crater, some 22 km in diameter. Photo mosaic of Santa Maria crater at bottom, center shows one of the last spots investigated by Opportunity on Sol 2519, Feb. 23, 2011 before departing for Endeavour in March 2011. The exposed rock named Ruiz Garcia showed signatures of hydrated mineral deposits located at southeast portion of Santa Maria crater. Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell Marco Di Lorenzo, Kenneth Kremer

Okay I’m not posting the 3D pictures here, but if you click on the image it will take you to the Universe Today website which will have the full story and the images provided by NASA. I don’t have 3D glasses yet so I can not really enjoy the pictures anyways.

Advances In Humanoid Robots

Romeo, shown here in a computer-generated rendering, is a French humanoid robot designed to assist elderly and disabled people. Image: Aldebaran Robotics
The IEEE Spectrum magazine is running an article about the work of a Paris-based Aldebaran Robotics, and the development of a humanoid robot. There are several countries around the world that are working in this field… Japan comes to mind. NASA and General Motors have sent the upper torso of a humanoid robot into space.

I know from this are previous articles on this topic that the publicly stated goals for creating such a robot is providing assisted living help to seniors. Also, as stated in the article in regards to the choice for locomotion and bipedal movement, it was the challenge that drove the choice for a full human like robot. I think the challenge drives most of this research, it is not easy. It requires light weight motors, actuators, light weight materials, long life batteries, communications (voice recognition), and vision. All difficult hurdles to create a humanoid robot which can actually perform useful skills for the humans they will serve.

My question is, when can I get one.

Seriously, what geek would not want to have a fully functioning humanoid robot. If they don’t could they really be a true geek.