General Motors’ Robonaut 2 Joins Howie Long for Super Bowl Pre-Game Show

It appears that the humanoid robot built by General Motors and NASA has several talents in its repertoire. General Motors announced today that the Robonaut 2 will join Howie Long for the Super Bowl pre-game show this Sunday.

The R2 robot was designed and constructed to help NASA on the International Space Station. Somewhat resembling a person, the R2 has a human-like build, but most importantly, the machine has hands designed similar to those of us with a pulse: its fingers and thumbs can full articulate and react similar to human hands.

“Working with NASA’s scientists and engineers, we are confident we have created the most technologically advanced robot in the world,” said Ken Knight, GM’s executive director for global manufacturing engineering.

With the potential capabilities of the R2, NASA is bringing its example on the next trip to the international space station to perform mundane tasks such as wiping down handrails. In doing so, astronauts have more time to spend on more important jobs than keeping house. The R2 can use the same tools as a non-robotic person and can adapt its grip accordingly.  NASA’s R2 is sitting aboard the Discovery awaiting a February 24th launch.

Taking time off from the lab, GM’s R2 will make a guest appearance at the Super Bowl pre-game show this Sunday. Howie Long and R2 will share their thoughts on who they think the 2011 Camaro Convertible will be awarded to as Sunday’s MVP. The four and a half-hour pre-game show starts at 2 p.m. EST this Sunday on FOX.

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