Monday, September 12, 2011

MABEL Bipedal robot "hops" when it runs

From IEEE Automation:

MABEL, a robot from the University of Michigan, has multiple features that copy humans impressively:
"...MABEL has a torso that's substantially heavier than its legs, just like a human, and it's also got a system of springs that act like tendons. This gives MABEL a very human-like, bouncing gait, and the robot spends 40% of its time running in a "flight phase" with both feet off the ground, similar to humans..."
It still needs to be tethered to a pole so that it doesn't fall over, but it moves forward pretty interestingly. The video below shows a lot. It looks like it handles and maneuvering its weight very well when it runs, at least for a robot.

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