Is This Robot a Better Skier Than You?

Jennifer the robot takes on cross-country and alpine skiing Chris I-B

If you’ve ever been told your skiing technique looks a little stiff, you can now take comfort in the fact that you’re not the most rigid out there—Jennifer is. Though to be fair, it’s a pretty impressive feat that a robot is able to make it down even small slopes in one piece.

The skiing robot Jennifer has competed in soccer games against other robots, she’s climbed walls and maneuvered through an obstacle course—all in the name of science. Jennifer is being studied at Manitoba University in hopes of furthering robotic capabilities. In the future, researchers hope robots might be able to aid in rescue operations or be more useful in the home.

For now, Jennifer is taking on the basics of skiing and that’s pretty impressive all on its own.


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