Danger, Will Robinson! NASA and GM have teamed up to create some creepy-looking robots.

Danger, Will Robinson! NASA and GM have teamed up to create some creepy-looking robots.

Dubbed R1 and R2, the Astrobots are nothing like their Autobot twins. They don't transform, make hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office, or co-star with Megan Fox. Instead, they get to perform tasks that are too dangerous for humans.

To maximize their capabilities, the robots have been equipped with dexterous hands, which allow them to grab objects like a human would. On top of this, they "can work safely alongside people, a necessity both on Earth and in space."

According to NASA's Doug Cooke, associate administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, "This cutting-edge robotics technology holds great promise, not only for NASA, but also for the nation. I'm very excited about the new opportunities for human and robotic exploration these versatile robots provide across a wide range of applications."

His excitement was echoed by GM's vice president for global research and development, Alan Taub, who said "...this is about safer cars and safer plants. When it comes to future vehicles, the advancements in controls, sensors and vision technology can be used to develop advanced vehicle safety systems. The partnership's vision is to explore advanced robots working together in harmony with people, building better, higher quality vehicles in a safer, more competitive manufacturing environment."

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