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Robotic arm catches everything tossed in its direction

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Every year, the Gold Glove award is given to Major League Baseball players that exhibit superior fielding abilities. Now, it’s time to meet the robot whose fielding percentage would be the envy of 18-time Gold Glove winner Greg Maddux.

A robot developed by researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland adjusts on the fly to catch a variety of objects tossed in its direction. Empty and half-full bottles, hammers, tennis rackets and balls — of course — were all safely snatched out of midair by the 1.5-meter-long robotic arm.

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