Thanks for the comment TJ. I'm especially interested in what happens when we bring together different technologies in new and unexpected ways. Re power, that's a good question, although the whole thing is clearly designed to work on very little power: its predecessor design http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2010/09/12/eskin/ worked on 5V. I wonder how hard it would be to add energy-harvesting technology?
I suppose this was inevitable, although I'm surprised to see it so soon. As you point out, Ann, we've seen all kinds of human-like qualities in robots recently -- thought control, gesture recognition and even sense of humor.
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