“Sooner or later, everything old is new again.” –Stephen King
Robotics, virtual reality and telepresence are experiencing renaissance of sort. To many these are novel technology concepts; but to me, not so much, as I have been working them at NASA since the late 80’s. What is new is that these technologies are now more affordable and accessible.
Not too long ago I found a video of my project, Dexterous Anthropomorphic Robotic Testbed (DART), from the NASA archive. In this video I explained the thoughts behind the robot design, and demonstrated capabilities that are still quite advance today. I thought I should share this video to offer people working in this field some historical perspectives.
It’s worth noting that DART gave birth to Robonaut, a project I started right before I left NASA for the private sector. Robonaut furthered the vision outlined in this video, and is still an active project at NASA.