Super Bowl Sunday is practically a holiday in the United States. It is a big day for players, fans, advertisers and broadcasters.
It is also going to be a big day for a robot called “R2”. Good thing space robonauts don’t get nervous. The space bot will appear on the Fox pre-game show this Sunday. The Robonaut 2 Program is a NASA partnership with GM. It is a humanoid shaped robot and, as the “2” implies, it is a much improved version of a previous design.
The choice for a humanoid robot eliminates any need for specialized tools. The robot is to perform with better dexterity than gloved humans. The goal is to use this robot as a helper without having to modify connections and carry additional specialized tools. You can check out many photos of this bot at Flickr
The bot’s twin is already packed aboard the shuttle scheduled to launch this month. The earth bound robot is still busy learning better dexterity and his knowledge will be uploaded to his brother on the shuttle. NASA has wisely allowed the bot some time off. He is spending some of it with Howie Long.
In a pre-recorded session taped in January, the bot pairs up with Howie Long and they will share their predictions for the MVP award which, no coincidence, is sponsored by Chevy. The winner will receive a 2012 Camaro convertable. The session was recorded at the county’s largest Chevy dealership. For now, you will have to settle on this video.
Perhaps a bit commercial, but still enough on the kewl side to make me want to watch it.
- NASA Robot Will Help Kick Off Super Bowl Sunday (space.com)
- Robonaut 2 to meddle in Super Bowl pregame (news.cnet.com)
- Robonaut To Make Special Pre-Game Appearance At Super Bowl (crunchgear.com)
- Robonaut 2 set to become first humanoid robot in space (gizmag.com)