Self-navigating robot gets its own charge (Jan, 1965)

Self-navigating robot gets its own charge

A machine that recharges its batteries by finding and plugging into the nearest wall outlet is under test at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Like a hatbox full of bees, it buzzes up and down a hall, probing ahead to avoid open doors, stairs, and other obstacles.

Equipped with sonar, the robot may find use in moon or undersea explorations.

6 comments
  1. Kyle says: July 5, 20081:30 pm

    So koooool!!!

  2. Michael McDonald says: November 14, 200810:00 pm

    They might even be able to train it how to do household chores.

  3. Andrew L. Ayers says: May 16, 201011:07 pm

    More on the “Hopkins Beast”:

    http://www.frc.ri.cmu.e…

  4. Anon says: November 23, 20106:28 am

    The roomba’s great great grandfather

  5. Christoph says: December 27, 20103:05 pm

    Yeah, the sonar would work *GREAT* on the moon.

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