Friday, March 28, 2008

A Very Cool Quadruped

It seems there's no shortage of robot videos online. YouTube is a virtual "robot central" with new robot videos popping up very day. Most of these robot videos are interesting, some entertaining. But every once in a while, these robot videos are simply amazing.

This video is of a four-footed robot that has amazing ability to balance itself. The operators ran it up and down hills, over ice and through snow, as well as over rubble. It can even hop and run.

So what? We've seen lots of robot videos. What's so special about this one? Well, first of all, it has a fairly strong cargo capacity (340 lbs.) and it's huge - looks to be about 4 ft. tall. And yet it has a nimbleness that's incredible. They run it onto ice and while it does slip, it recovers almost instantly. You can check out more info at Boston Dynamics.

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