April 9, 2007

Snow surfing gets robotically rad

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snow_surfing_640x480.jpgSolar-powered and ready for snow, researchers in Antarctica took their robots out for a spin. A group of researchers from the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College are responsible for creating a death squad of scalable, solar-powered, scientific platforms. From measuring Earth's magnetosphere to solar surfing in style, these guys sure know how to shake up spatial density. Born out of boredom, the team tried out the tundra-ridden tide to the pace of one of their robots. Unfortunately, with a laptop in one hand and a robot in the other, the 5mph joyride didn't last long.

"So, we hooked the sled to the robot and went for a ride. The robot, it turns out, can haul its own weight (nearly 200 lbs.) on a sled and hardly notice it...Snow surfing behind the robot is not very exciting however; it only travels at a slow walking pace."

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