The Interact Centaur rover is remotely guided by an astronaut from space.
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European experts have pulled off a major advance that might one day help build new worlds in space after an astronaut in the International Space Station remotely guided a robot on Earth by feel.The blue-and-white fiberglass robot, which cost less than 200,000 euros ($224,000) to build, also has a camera on its head that allows the controller to directly see the task it is performing.Cheers erupted when after several long nail-biting minutes the rover – which slightly resembles Disney's WALL.E animated character – finally managed to drop the pin successfully into place.Scientists and engineers believe applications of this kind of tactile technology are huge – allowing humans to guide robots in delicate tasks by feeling their way.The 18-month project was a collaboration between the European Space Agency and students from Delft University of Technology.
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