I joke a lot on this blog about how robots will eventually rule the world, but most of the robotics work going on today focuses on the great things that robots can do to help humanity. In this video, the folks at Microsoft Research show how scientists are using the tabletop touch screen of Microsoft Surface to help guide search-and-rescue robots get through dangerous environments where humans usually can't go.
Microsoft says using the Surface technology and its natural user interface helps rescuers control the robots remotely with more precision and accuracy than current video game joystick devices utilize.
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