Among beer-grabbing robots, DARwIn-OP is apparently pretty particular. In repeated tests, it shuns Bud Light in favor of Tecate.
In the video below, programmers at Trossen Robotics have some fun with the Astroboy-looking open-source robot, trying to get him to choose between two cans of beer. He marches toward the Tecate can with dogged determination, stopping when he reaches the can and kicking it over with gusto. Perhaps he’s still programmed to play robo-soccer?
Responding to blue versus red probably has something to do with it. But there’s something adorable/creepy about his wide-eyed pursuit of the precious can. Now I want to see him choose between Tecate and a small-batch craft beer.
[via IEEE Spectrum]
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