In this video excerpt from NOVA scienceNOW, learn about the challenges of creating a humanoid robot that can walk and play soccer. Correspondent and New York Times technology columnist David Pogue visits a laboratory that studies how people walk using several sensors and an optical motion capture system. He learns about the complexities of walking and finds out why it is so difficult to develop a robot that can walk as well as a person. By developing robots that can play soccer, engineers are tackling some of the biggest challenges in robotics: robot vision, autonomous decision making, and bipedal walking.
This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.
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