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Robot Rollin' Justin can play ball and make coffee

Justin can track the position of the ball with the help of a “3D camera on his head, a tracking system to monitor the flight of the ball and a precision-grasping motion that lets him close his hand after trapping the object.”

Imagine a humanoid robot assisting you in your daily chores? Scientists claim that one of the world’s advanced robots, Rollin’ Justin, can now catch ball and even make your morning coffee.

Created by German DLR Institute of Robots and Mechanics, Rollin’ Justin, with light weight arms and two four finger hands, lately grasped the art of catching balls and making coffee.

According to the scientists, Justin took hold of the ball with the help of his eyes. He can even catch two balls thrown at him in the same time.

“The mobile robotic system Justin with its compliant controlled lightweight arms and its two four finger hands is an ideal experimental platform for these research issues,” stated researchers.

Justin responds in 5 milliseconds
This creative robot, introduced 2009, takes merely five milliseconds to respond to a situation. Rollin’ Justin can grab any object, with 80 percent accuracy, thrown from five meters.

“In the future humanoid robots are envisioned in household applications as well as in space environments. The capability to carry out complex manipulation tasks is a key issue.”--Scientists

Justin can track the position of the ball with the help of a “3D camera on his head, a tracking system to monitor the flight of the ball and a precision-grasping motion that lets him close his hand after trapping the object.”

With the help of wheels attached in Justin’s legs, he can alter his position easily.

Besides, Justin and his female companion ‘DESIRE’ can be connected and controlled with iPad.

Benefits of humanoid robots
The researchers have envisaged robots to be part of the daily home tasks, and especially for the old and sick people, who are unable to move.

“In the future humanoid robots are envisioned in household applications as well as in space environments. The capability to carry out complex manipulation tasks is a key issue,” claimed the researches.

“For its achievement the development of robust control strategies and intelligent manipulation planners for dual handed manipulation is currently a matter of active research in the robotics community.”

This year, Rollin’ Justin will be presented at the International Conference for Robotics and Automation.