ROBOT: Li'l Golfing Buddy and RoboWoods

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Wed Dec 19 2001 - 07:18:41 MST

The shoebox-sized robot uses infrared sensors to locate the ball and hole,
which it knocks in with its own putter. The range of just a few feet is
admittedly shy of what might be desired - except, perhaps, for miniature golf.
Also golfing rules would almost certainly forbid robotic assistance
Khan says RoboWoods could still be useful. "You could use it to try different
putters and see which works best," he says.
Li'l Golfing Buddy is aimed at convenience. It rolls around on toy rubber
wheels, hunting the tee with infrared sensors, then centres itself on the tee
using a scavenged laser pointer. The robot balances the golf ball on top with
a mechanical arm and then backs off to let the golfer take their swing.

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment, malevolent AI,
non-sensory experience, SETI

We move into a better future in proportion as science displaces superstition.

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