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Big Picture

Mazes and Squiggles

Look, No Hands!

Toddler's First Steps

Almost Human

RoboFlyers

Viewer Challenge
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TEACHING GUIDES


ROBOTS ALIVE!: Answers to Viewer Challenge



MAZES AND SQUIGGLES

1. (b.) Multiple robots enable SRI to win the maze contest.

2. In the tennis ball contest, small, agile robots are favored to do best.


LOOK, NO HANDS!

3. (b.) If lane markers are missing, the experimental van's system adapts to identify other features on the road.

4. Potential applications of the Carnegie Mellon Navlab project include navigating hazardous environments, making highways safer and alerting sleepy truck drivers.


TODDLER'S FIRST STEPS

5. The robot built by the University of New Hampshire is different from earlier walking robots because it is modeled on humans and it learns from past experiences.

6. (d.) The first thing the robot nicknamed "Toddler" learns is how not to fall over.


ALMOST HUMAN

7. (a.) With Cog, Rodney Brooks and his colleagues at MIT hope to build a robot with the intelligence and capabilities of a six-month-old baby.

8. Compared to robots like IT, Cog is a more advanced system because it learns from experiences.


ROBOFLIERS

9. The aerial robot must complete fly across a barrier, pick up puck and drop it at a designated site.

10. (d.) GPS (Global Positioning System) enables the Stanford team to win the contest.








 

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