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Walking is such a fundamental form of transportation that we often take it for granted. Teaching a robot to do it is another matter. The University of Michigan's MABEL bi-pedal robot can walk, run and respond to dynamic changes in terrain without tripping--just like us.

  • Image Credit: UMICH
  • Image Credit: UMICH
  • Image Credit: UMICH
  • Image Credit: UMICH
  • Image Credit: UMICH
  • Image Credit: UMICH
  • Image Credit: UMICH


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      • 2 Years Ago
      There is no way in hell the that peace of junk could walk without that side bar what a peace of junk and a waste of money but now you see how they keep there 1% working we need to put a stop to stuff like this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool. One more step towards helping paralyzed people walk again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool. I want one!
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've Fallen and I can't get up!!!
      nikescar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another great show! Keep it guys.
      drkmck
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love technology. The applications for this are wonderful. People who cannot walk might do so with assists from this techology. I just think it's amazing how these people can think these things up and bring them from imagination to a final product. Man can do such incredible things, what bright minds.
      globaltrekkie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone see the end of the newer Battlestar Galactica series? This is our past.
      Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sigh. It's tethered. Fail. It's also over engineered and under performing. Cables stretch and are a general maintenance problem. Wayyy too many parts. It's a Rube Goldberg robot. Did I mention it's tethered and thus cannot walk nor run? For every breakthrough robot such as Asimo or Big Dog, there are dozens of useless robots such as this. All that mega smart tech education means nothing if you wind up proving you are not really smart enough to be a engineer and just cobble together something like this. Do not even start a robot project unless you can make it simple and elegant, unless you want to waste thousands of man hours and dollars working on something that will wind up in a scrap heap.
        Chris Young
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jim
        But wait! Its SO UNIQUE, according to the headline. Its more unique than even the most unique stuff out there. What poor journalistic talents. He that person is so dead, way more dead than all these other people. Come on Translogic use your collective brains and think before you type. Its really not that difficult.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool, but can it walk without being connected to the bar?
      alfredschrader
      • 2 Years Ago
      I worked on my first robo logic circuits in 1972, 40 years ago. Robots are going to be doing nearly all of it. Here is how Robo-burger works (the fastest, least expensive drive-thru you will ever encounter - I invented it). You pull up and scan your iCard. As you drive on there is a series of "ports". When you push the button, out shoots your food: hamburger, fries, shake, apple pie - all neatly pre-packed. However many you want, you press the button for. Then, drive away. No fumbling with change, no order errors by clerks, you get it and go.
      ajt1025
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just think no unemployment with these guys, just nuts and bolts
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