Researchers at the Chiba University in Japan have been showing off one of their arm-hand systems which they’ve trained to juggle two balls at once, with a single hand. While it only seems to be able to do a limited number of catches, it’s probably more down to its stationary position rather than its skill and it still shows the incredible dexterity of the arm. It’s actually tracking both balls in mid air and judging how to catch them and throw them back, all of this is being done super quick.
It’s all still early work and much more is to come, hopefully we’ll see something this awesome on an entire robot torso soon and then an entire robot circus.. Well, maybe not that soon. One of the researches described the reasons behind the research:
“[Juggling] is one example of a skillful and dynamic human-like motion. We believe that there is much to be learned from the analysis of fast and repetitive throwing and catching actions, and the experimental results of this study will shed light on the nature of skillful and dynamic manipulations by humans.”
The video is pretty impressive, check it out below: