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Robotics Hardware

First Dynamically Balancing Biped Robot 155

Posted by kdawson
from the mister-rossum-on-line-1 dept.
damg writes "Anybots, which is three guys led by Trevor Blackwell, has developed the first robot that walks like we do, by dynamically balancing itself rather than being pre-programmed for walking like Asimo. The video shows the robot walking and being pushed by another 'bully' robot to demonstrate that it can't easily be pushed over."
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First Dynamically Balancing Biped Robot

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  • Fascinating (Score:4, Insightful)

    by JoshJ (1009085) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @10:15PM (#18176888) Journal
    Watching the video, I couldn't help but notice that this lacked arms. It strikes me as rather odd to see this, because arms are one of the key features of human balance, but then again they do make for more variables.

    Regardless, this is excellent to see.
  • by DigiShaman (671371) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @11:34PM (#18177380) Homepage
    Those cables are used for power and data.

    You also may have noticed a mobile frame on casters that surround the robot. Most of the time, I'm sure they connect this robot to a harness so it doesn't fall down. We're not talking about pride here. When your robot falls and breaks something, that shit gets expensive!

    Basically, this is like a child riding a bike with training wheels. Just because they are there doesn't mean they're being used all the time at that given moment.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?