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Stick Balancing Research

Posted 25 Sep 2002 at 13:52 UTC by steve Share This

A UPI wire story released today describes new research on the ability of humans to balance a stick on their finger. The research, done at the University of Chicago by John Milton and Jaun Cabrera, used high-speed infrared cameras to record the motions of sticks balanced on subjects' fingers. The suprising findings have direct application to development of balancing, biped robots. One of their findings is that the human nervous system takes 100-200 ms to respond to the stick begining to fall but corrective motions to rebalance the stick occur much faster, in fact so quickly they should have been physically impossible according to the previous understanding of the human nervous system.

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