Wow, NASA ok, but GM and cutting edge technology? Sorry, when I think of GM all I can think of is clunkers.
All that aside, this robot looks impressive. The robot is ambidextrous and can lift up to 20 pounds. The press release states:
The two organizations, with the help of engineers from Oceaneering Space Systems of Houston, developed and built the next iteration of Robonaut. Robonaut 2, or R2, is a faster, more dexterous and more technologically advanced robot. This new generation robot can use its hands to do work beyond the scope of prior humanoid machines. R2 can work safely alongside people, a necessity both on Earth and in space.
See the GM R2 Robot Press Release.
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8/5 Update – You can now follow Robonaut on Twitter .