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Robonaut Videos

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Head
Hands
Telepresence
Arm Motion
Grasping
Soldering
Flexing Rod
Gripping Truss
Human Tracking


Robonaut Video Transcripts for the Hearing Impaired

Hand Motion

Telepresence

Arm Motion

Grasping

Tether

Velcro

Soldering

Flexing Rod

Gripping Truss

Grasping Video
Robonaut's sophisticated hand can work with tweezers, pipettes, and a number of other common handheld tools. (Video shows the robonaut hand picking up a small object with thin pliers.) back to top

Hand Motion Video
The first two fingers and the thumb make up the dexterous work side. They have three degrees of freedom. They can open and close, as well as spread apart, essentially like human fingers. The remaining two fingers only open and close. They are used for grasping. (Video shows a close-up view of the robonaut hand moving its fingers.) back to top

Telepresence Video
Robonaut is a tele-operated robot, meaning that a human operator can control its movements from a distance. (Video shows the robonaut robot mimicking the arm and head movements of a nearby human tele-operator).back to top

Tether Video
Tethers designed for human hands which are used by astronauts to connect themselves to a spacecraft. (Video shows a robonaut hand attaching a clip-hook tether to a metal ring.) back to top

Velcro Video
The robot can even work with velcro strips used to attach thermal blankets and insulation covers. (Video shows the robonaut hand attaching velcro to an object's surface.) back to top

Arm Motion Video
The twenty-seven pound, gold-colored robonaut arm is strong enough to lift objects equal to its own weight, which is a tremendous achievement. (Video shows the robonaut arm lifting a weight.) back to top

Soldering Video
Dr. Ambrose: "We going to start off by sodering these two wires together. Take this wire in your left hand."
Teleoperator: "Freeze left hand."
Robonaut: "Left arm frozen."
Dr. Ambrose: "Take this wire in your right hand.
Teleoperator: "Freeze right hand."
Robonaut: "Right hand frozen."
Dr. Ambrose: "Now put those together while I get the soldering iron and the sodering wrench. Very nice, you got it. Now give it back to me please."
Teleoperator: "Thaw right hand."
Robonaut: "Right hand thawed."
Dr. Ambrose: "OK, very nicely done." (Video shows the Robonaut helping a person solder two wires together.)
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Flexing Rod Video
Dr. Ambrose: "Your going to hold one end, then I'm going to hold the other end. Now I want you to do is look at me. Look up at me, now I want you to move that way. Get a little bend in the rod. Now look back at your rod right here, try to get that straight, so its not too bent. Then come towards me a little bit, stop. OK now bend it, a bend in it like that. Ok good now back to straight, very good. Now put a bend in it the other way. Ok now straighten it out again. Ok now I want you to go down. Lower your end. More… OK stop right there. Now I want to back out. OK release."
(video shows the Robonaut assisting a person flexing a metal rod.) back to top

Gripping Truss Video
Dr. Ambrose: "Grip the unit like a steering wheel."
Teleoperator: "Thaw right arm."
Robonaut: "Right arm thawed."
Dr. Ambrose: "Freeze that hand."
Teleoperator: "Freeze right hand."
Robonaut: "Right hand frozen."
Teleoperator: "Thaw left arm."
Robonaut: "Left arm thawed."
Dr. Ambrose: "Come up and grasp it right here."
Teleoperator: "Freeze left arm."
Robonaut: "Left arm frozen.
Teleoperator: "Thaw left arm."
Robonaut: "Left arm thawed."
Dr. Ambrose: "Loose grasp. Too tight. That's good right there."
(the video shows the Robonaut helping a person handle a metal truss segment.) back to top

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