OK, I admit this post has nothing to do with Sharpologist’s usual subject matter.
But it’s pretty cool.
Last year I participated in a research study about using a robot (“Survivor Buddy”) to interact with people trapped in disaster situations. I was buried in the rubble of a collapsed building (simulated of course) and a series of experiments were conducted on how I reacted to being “found” by the robot. I was given special goggles that could track my eye movements so the researchers could see what I was looking at during the test period. It was all very fascinating and surprisingly realistic–I really felt “buried” (in fact my wife participated too and she actually became a little panicky at one point).
(Thanks to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University.)