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Robot can beat humans at Jenga

BANG Showbiz logo BANG Showbiz 29/07/2022 BANG Showbiz
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A robot created by British scientists can beat steady-handed humans at Jenga.

The device, nicknamed Mascot, was given "arms and fingers" to fix an extremely hot fusion reactor and is now taking on the best human players of the classic block-stacking game.

Mascot has a "haptic" remote control system that allows operators to "feel" what the robot is touching with live camera feeds allowing controllers to see exactly what the robot is seeing in 3D.

Allan Moss, at the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), said: "Mascot's movements are so precise that it's a bit of a pro at Jenga. We use the game to train our remote handling teams."

A second robot, known as Sibling, has also been made in case Mascot has any problems.

The design of the robots are expected to help experts in other fields such as space exploration, healthcare and transport.

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