The Year in Robotics!

During the past 12 months, robots got better at grasping, smiling, and avoiding angry humans.  One robotic highlight for 2009 comes from CMU’ s Howie Choset.  This snakelike robotic arm  may one day medically attend to soldiers as they are carried off the battlefield.

Image is a Roboinspector: A snake robot inspects the head of a skeleton lying on a high-tech stretcher designed by the military, called the Life Support for Trauma and Transport system.
Credit: Howie Choset/Carnegie Mellon University

What robotic advance impresses you the most?

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