Dennis Hong: My 7 species of robot At TEDxNASA, Dennis Hong introduces seven award-winnning, all-terrain robots — like the humanoid, soccer-playing DARwIn and the cliff-gripping CLIMBeR — all built by his team at RoMeLa, Virginia Tech. Watch to the end to hear the five creative secrets to his lab’s incredible technical success.

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25 responses to “Dennis Hong: My 7 species of robot”

  1. bakothegreat Avatar

    great speaker…. …
    great speaker….honestly

  2. SikhiArt Avatar

    @ …
    @SomethingSoOriginal But he said he has his own database of Ideas! He deserves one!

  3. SomethingSoOriginal Avatar

    The audience didn’t …
    The audience didn’t get the feeling that he HIMSELF created anything new, rather he was presenting some new ideas in robotics to them. Most of the time standing ovations are given to those who have personally contributed to thier respective fields.

  4. loyfah Avatar

    HL 2 anyone? =D
    HL 2 anyone? =D

  5. omghai2u Avatar

    these …
    these people clap and laugh at bill gates but not this? what the is this about

  6. databyss Avatar

    @MisterWeed Smug is …
    @MisterWeed Smug is a heavy burden to stand up with.

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  8. SPYK3O Avatar

    Strider inspired by …
    Strider inspired by nature? more like strider inspired by the strider from half life (the game on the PC)

  9. BlockisticStudios Avatar

    The audience was …
    The audience was far more robotic than the ones presented.

  10. BlockisticStudios Avatar

    “a robot that has …
    “a robot that has three legs that was INSPIRED by nature…”
    No, it was inspired by Half-Life 2.

  11. HippieKnight Avatar

    The audience is …
    The audience is RACIST!!!!!!!!!!
    jk but they still suck

  12. OTKSenior Avatar

    what a dull audience
    what a dull audience

  13. forgewolf Avatar

    stiff audience
    stiff audience

  14. luisbeck007 Avatar

    Yeah, Bio inspired …
    Yeah, Bio inspired but really not, Stars Wars and Colors in your dreams; this is why you have? no idea what to do with the robots and you need to copy from others… bla bla bla… you are losing time and money hard heads…

  15. luisbeck007 Avatar

    Yeah, Stars Wars …
    Yeah, Stars Wars and Colors in your dreams; this is why you have no idea what to do with the robots and you need to copy from others… bla bla bla… you are losing time and money hard heads…

  16. tryssss Avatar

    People also is …
    People also is affraid that robot get there jobs !!!!!!!!!! and they also affraid that chinese control them with robots !!!!! i can read in there minds 🙂

  17. tryssss Avatar

    People are affraid …
    People are affraid of chineses invention !!!!!!!! it’s the reason why they’re not so entousiast hihihi !!

  18. gamehero77 Avatar

    lol strider hl2 ftw
    lol strider hl2 ftw

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  20. kholdsworth27 Avatar

    is that the cheat …
    is that the cheat on the hexapod MARS robot..

  21. vmapeyuan Avatar

    the robots are …
    the robots are amazing~ and his ways of doing research is also inspiring

  22. The3irik92 Avatar

    A thought about the …
    A thought about the Stockholm/Congestion charge thing in the end: This kind of system can only be applied to cities with a functioning colletictive traffic. Buses, Trains, Carts, Tubes etc. I live in Fredrikstad, Norway. It’s too small, and with a practically useless collective traffic option. People will prefer cars in this situation.

  23. Thebrainrahul Avatar

    @TheWiseCommenter I …
    @TheWiseCommenter I understand your point but I don’t think thats the point of TED. It is not how these things are useful but rather how they become useful; taking those initial steps. Simply put, the wheel would be useless if we didn’t apply it. Also, we didn’t create a wheel and suddenly produce a car, it evolved over many years, through prototyping and improvement. I think what we see in this presentation is the evolution of robotics- towards being usefully applied.

  24. shedali Avatar

    @samiminh I think …
    @samiminh I think they’re reacting but the audience microphone level is quite low

  25. TheWiseCommenter Avatar

    The reason the …
    The reason the audience did not applaud is because the speaker failed to explain how these technological advances could be actually useful in the future. Like many roboticists, he is fascinated by the idea of robots in and of themselves. Normal people however are only interested in how robots can be USEFUL. If you don’t explain that, all we see is slow moving robots that aren’t useful for anything yet, and a bunch of contrived acronyms.

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