A many-armed-god sort of robot

There are many ways to describe what happens in this video. Karaman and Frazzoli and friends, the scientists and engineers behind it, choose one of the less poetical ways: “The RRT* algorithm is used together with the Ball Trees algorithm and a memoization technique for asymptotically-optimal path planning in high-dimensional configuration spaces for manipulation purposes.” They also offer technical papers, which explain in detail.

But for the layperson, at first glance it’s all about arms:

(HT Valeria Roman]