Blind juggling robot


19 Responses to “Blind juggling robot”

  1. Keneke says:

    Obviously the permutations of the ball’s placement on the sphere are too chaotic to be predicted accurately, but something about this just makes me feel like we should try to predict the path of the ball in the horizontal plane.

  2. knodi says:

    I second #1. The crazy thing is, I think Richard Feynman actually built some juggling robots (same principle, but at a 45 degree angle). Unless I’m misremembering, that would make a much cooler video. Especially since it’s not something made just recently and treated as “cutting edge”!

  3. Jewels Vern says:

    So what’s the “robot” part? And what’s interesting about it? Pistons have been around for a long time.

  4. xzzy says:

    If you visit their website, they have a video of a version with the bounce plate on a sort of pendulum action.. which makes it look much more like “juggling”.

    Now they just need to get two plates working together, to bounce two balls and get some real juggling going.

  5. 2k says:


    After all that, can we at least get a profile shot?

  6. Avram / Moderator says:

    And then they need to combine it with the hopping robot.

  7. Anonymous says:

    yeah, I think it would need to handle more than one ball at a time to be considered juggling.

  8. knodi says:

    Oops, I meant Claude Shannon. Another sadly-departed scientist. But this time I bring proof:

    So what’s the big deal with this gizmo that can barely dribble one ball, in the year 2009?

  9. jimkirk says:

    Cool, but makes me think more of kinetic sculpture.

    Can they make an automated paddle-ball?

  10. Anonymous says:

    This would make an AWESOME metronome!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I watched it to the end and was disappointed to see no watermelon.

  12. nixiebunny says:

    The sound reminds me of the helium cryo refrigerators (Balzers and CTI Cryogenics) we use for radio telescope receivers.

    Listen to that all day for a week, it’s just like being at Burning Man!

  13. sciencemike says:

    This should be an exhibit at every science museum in the country. Just think of all of the cool experiments that kids could do with it. Using multiple balls. Changing the rate of hits, different balls etc.

  14. wizardofplum says:

    Now that! is one excellent device for shrinks that employ hypnosis in their therapy.The cadence of the piston’s ka-thunk ka-thunk coupled with the boing-boing of the balls is soothing- zooming in zooming out -in and out -back and fro -ka-thunk ka- thunk. I feel sleeepy -boing-boooing aahhh- in and out ….ka-boooiiingg…[THUD]

  15. Anonymous says:

    it could probably work doing a fraction of the movement, it would require some fine tuning but ould be cool if they can time it right and have the plate look stationary.

  16. 0rac1e says:

    I just searched YT for juggling robot and came up with this.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hardly what I would qualify as juggling. It’s a precision ball bouncing machine. When it can really juggle I will be impressed.

  18. Allegra says:

    That is NOT a juggling robot. That is a hackysacking robot.

  19. The Bark Petition says:

    Blind Juggling Robot = best band name ever.

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