Recently, while re-watching Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, I decided that I positively wanted my own R2-D2. In the previous two movies, he was a cool companion to other robots and handy when needed to communicate with space stations and vehicles, but it wasn’t until he was put to work on Jabba’s party barge that I realized his potential to help someone like me. Strap a fancy tray on his head and he turns into the ultimate bartender, complete with ability to fetch and return whatever drink you needed.
Now Cornell University, alma mater of Andy Bernard , have developed a robot capable of doing just that. Using a Kinect Sensor, a device Microsoft developed to accompany their video game console to allow people to make fools of themselves at parties, has been used along with some pretty nifty robotics to bring to life a robot capable of reading your mind.