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Tag: Walking

Students Creating a Rideable Hexapod, Probably Won’t Be Street Legal

Students Creating a Rideable Hexapod, Probably Won’t Be Street Legal
A bunch of students from Artistan’s Asylum in Somerville Massachusetts are creating a 2500 pound rideable hexapod robot. To accomplish this they will be using a 135 horsepower Toyota forklift engine. Where does a 2500 pound…

DARPA Robot Climbs Stairs Like a Boss, Another Does More Pushups Than I Can

DARPA Robot Climbs Stairs Like a Boss, Another Does More Pushups Than I Can
Hot on the heels of the announcement of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, it’s looking more and more like Boston Dynamics will be a shoe-in for the competition with its latest bi-pedal robots. A recently released video…
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Preliminary Details of New DARPA Grand Challenge for Humanoid Robots Surface

Preliminary Details of New DARPA Grand Challenge for Humanoid Robots Surface
Robots can be awesome (and more than a little creepy at times). DARPA is about to start up a new Grand Challenge that involves robots that can walk among other things. DARPA’s Dr. Gill Pratt recently…

Spatula Robot Walks and Wobbles, But Can’t Fix You Breakfast

Spatula Robot Walks and Wobbles, But Can’t Fix You Breakfast
A while back, we posted a robot that could flip pancakes, and duo that could cook breakfast too. Well, this little fella looks the part of a kitchen robot, but can’t cook his way out of…

Robot Teaches Itself to Walk, Just Not Very Well

Robot Teaches Itself to Walk, Just Not Very Well
I recently showed you a video in which a Gundam mech taught itself to walk using some sort of “genetic algorithm”. Around the same time, it turns out engineers have been giving real robots the tools…

Is This Robot the Greatest Toy in the Universe?

Is This Robot the Greatest Toy in the Universe?
Jaimie Mantzel is excited about the new toy that he invented. With good reason. He even has a toy company on board to help produce his walking robot toy. He’s calling this prototype robot the “greatest…

Six Legged Insect Robot Picks Up Prey in Its Jaws of Death

Six Legged Insect Robot Picks Up Prey in Its Jaws of Death
It’s a good week for hexapod robots around here. First, we had the awesome Morphex transforming robot, and now we have this guy. It’s a six-legged robot that is dextrous enough to use two of its…

Morphex Robot: Spherical Hexapod Robot Creeps Into Our Lives

Morphex Robot: Spherical Hexapod Robot Creeps Into Our Lives
The MorpHex Robot, much like a Transformer, is more than meets the eye. It’s a ball. It’s a bot. It transforms and then skitters around like a creepy crab. It also dances and can interact with…

Spider Robot is Creepy, But Helpful

Spider Robot is Creepy, But Helpful
The disaster in Japan early this year showed people that robots are often needed in the wake of a massive catastrophe like the tsunami and earthquake. When the nuclear plant started to meltdown and radiation leaked…

HyQ Quadruped Robot Kicks, Trots and Rears Up

HyQ Quadruped Robot Kicks, Trots and Rears Up
If they create anymore quadruped robots, we are going to need to build some robotic zoos to house them. We have BigDog, AlphaDog and now HyQ. HyQ was developed at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT),…

Passive Walking Robot Walks on Its Own

Passive Walking Robot Walks on Its Own
If you thought that you would be okay just running away from robots, think again. This one won’t get tired, won’t run out of power and won’t stop until it catches you. That’s because it’s walking…

BigDog Gets Bigger with AlphaDog

BigDog Gets Bigger with AlphaDog
You might recall earlier this month we talked about the BigDog robot that was designed to carry gear for the military on patrol across uneven terrain to allow soldiers to carry more with them on a…

1960s Walking Truck: The First AT-AT?

1960s Walking Truck: The First AT-AT?
I always wondered how practical a giant manned walking robot like the AT-ATs in The Empire Strikes Back would really be. Well a long, long time ago, at a General Electric factory far, far away, it…

KURMET Bipedal Robot Jumps Like a Frog, But Isn’t Green

KURMET Bipedal Robot Jumps Like a Frog, But Isn’t Green
The fact that I am creeped out more than a grown man should be by some robots is well established. Hector did me in as a kid. There is more than a little creepy to KURMET…

Landcrawler Robot Wobbles but it Won’t Fall Down

Landcrawler Robot Wobbles but it Won’t Fall Down
This funny lookin’ fella weighs just 27 pounds, has 12 legs, and can carry you around on its back if you let it. The Land Crawler xTreme robot offers its master a ride on top of …

IPod Nano 6g Sprouts Legs and Walks

IPod Nano 6g Sprouts Legs and Walks
Remember the guy who created those goofy walking iPad and iPhone robots? Well, Terasaki-san is back with a new addition to his i-Family, the iPod nanobot 6G. By building one of his walking contraptions onto the…
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