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This Choreographed Disco Ball From Google Is The Future Of Robotics

Submitted by on December 8, 2013 – 10:21 amOne Comment

When Google announced last week that it had quietly bought up multiple robotics companies and put former Android head Andy Rubin in charge of their new robotics division, media like VentureBeat declared that the company must be working on creating “a smart, mobile, dexterous robot that can work alongside — or in place of —  humans.” But first, the Mountain View-based tech giant known for its ambitious plans created a robot that can get funky.

At the Autodesk University Conference in Las Vegas, Google utilized a robotic system from Bot & Dolly to create a memorable visual performance. Bot & Dolly is best known for creating mechanized camera systems for Hollywood, and built those used to capture the intricate weightless scenes in the recent blockbuster Gravity. But it turns out if you stick a disco ball on the arm of the robotic system known as Iris, the results can be just as amazing:

Set to the tune of Flux Pavilion’s “I Can’t Stop,” the arm and ball move in synch with the lights surrounding the stage. It’s pretty cool, even if it does remind me of the Duke of Zill from Felix the Cat.

[via Fast Company]

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