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Can this robot ski better than you?Autonomous snow skiing robots are the future, and the future looks adorable. Watch Jennifer, a little humanoid robot made by the University of Manitoba's Autonomous Agents Laboratory, take some turns on the slopes.
[MUSIC] The University of Manitoba's Autonomous Agents Laboratory recently posted a video of their cross country and Alpine skiing robot known as Jennifer. The video was part of the team's submission for the 2015 DARwIn-OP. Humanoid Application Challenge at the ICRA 2015 Robotics Conference, which takes place in Seattle, Washington in May. The lab said in the statement, "This is the latest extension of our work furthering our research into dynamic balancing and walking under realistic conditions. The changing nature of". Snowy ground, and the rapid control response required by alpine skiing presents significant challenges to gait design and dynamic balancing in humanoid robots. In the video, the robot demonstrates cross country skiing in three different types of snow: hard, dry snow which provides good conditions for cross country skiing, deep wet snow which is difficult for Jennifer to operate, and light, powdery snow on a hard base. Which helps Jennifer travel easiest in a straight line. The robot is able to adapt each condition dynamically and will figure out a gait that better suits the snow conditions, improving the robot's forward movement through the snow. Jennifer also demonstrated alpine downhill skiing, showing off her ability to make a. A snowplow or pizza position which helps the skier stop. The robot is also able to use the edges of the skis to make turns down the hill like a real human skier would. [MUSIC] You could read more about Jennifer, the humanoid skiing robot at CNET's crave blog at crave.cnet.com.