Our sister site Translogic visits the University of Michigan in their latest episode to check out a bipedal robot named MABEL. While other similar robots like ASIMO (built by Honda), and the Partner Robots (from Toyota) have wowed crowds with their ability to walk upright, MABEL advances the technology with a complex system of springs in its knees so that its gait more resembles actual human locomotion. This enables MABEL to actually run like a human, with both "feet" leaving the ground for part of each stride.

MABEL actually set a world record for fastest two-legged machine last summer, hitting a peak pace of 6.8 miles per hour. (By comparison, ASIMO tops out at 3.7 mph.) More importantly, MABEL is able to walk and run over more than just flat terrain, as it can dynamically balance similar to a human. University of Michigan researchers say this technology may be able to help the disabled regain the ability to walk some day, or be deployed for future vehicles that don't use wheels.

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      DC Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mmmm.... Not that I could build one, but having a walking robot that you only show walking in a circle connected to a boom... Not impressed especially when they showed two other robots walking freely and one walking through rough terrain in the woods sans-boom.
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        @DC Mike
        DC Mike, yomama6500 says NO free standing robot can walk like a human. LOL.
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      • 2 Years Ago
      This illustrates why Michigan designed cars are so antiquated.
      BTCC
      • 2 Years Ago
      YomaGoat's latest comical claim. "Asimo is strictly a toy with extremely limited relevance to what Mable is accomplishing."
        DB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BTCC
        I don't know where Honda is at the commercial usage ASIMO but its rival, Toyota, is already using the Parter humanoid robots at Toyota Memoria Hospital.
      clearwater
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've seen Kindergarten kids build things with tinker toys do that.
      BTCC
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      Yomama6500 is doubling down trying to defend his idiotic statements and defense of the Michigan Robot. "The way humans stand and balance is an extremely complicated process which has been studied by researchers for many decades if not centuries. Simply having feet is not the issue. The issue is developing true human style balance and walking, something which no current robot does." It's either very disturbing, or Yomama6500 has connections to this MABLE project. Bitch please, just tuck your tail and go away. Trying to defend your argument is making you look pathetic.
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          • 2 Years Ago
          Looks like yomama is just going to fling personal attacks calling people idiots, people lack reading comprehension, etc. I guess that's all you can do when you can't defend your claims.
      DB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gen III Asimo can actually achieve speeds up to 5.6 mph. http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/honda-robotics-unveils-next-generation-asimo-robot
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      • 2 Years Ago
      LOL, now yomamaGOAT is claiming ASIMO is just a wind up toy, and MABLE is some superior piece of engineering. MABLE is nothing more than a wind up Mable-Go-Round. Perhaps Six Flags will buy one.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look up PETMAN from BostonDynamics.
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          DC Mike
          • 2 Years Ago
          PETMAN is in no way supported by cables. The wires you se provide no stability support . The large bundles provide power and data while the thinner wires at the "shoulders" allow for it to be hoisted up in the event that it falls. Yomamam6501, just stop talking. You have no idea what you're talking about.
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          yomama6501 says "Emulating human walking is something that no free standing robot is currently doing." ASIMO does, and has done so since the 1980s.
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          • 2 Years Ago
          OMG, ASIMO has feet. Like a HUMAN.
      flychinook
      • 2 Years Ago
      Impressive work, but until they get rid of that boom (which is connected to the ground) this is NOT a bipedal robot.
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          • 2 Years Ago
          So you want to revise your statement? Want to back pedal? on your human FEET!
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        • 2 Years Ago
        And Yomama says NO robot can do that.
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          LOL, Yomama6500 calling other people stupid.
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          Say what. Humans don't have a huge pole attached to their hip to keep them standing up right. Do you live in some upside down world? Did you read your response. Claiming that thing is more like a human standing than ASMIO is one of the stupidest things I've read anywhere ever. Are you associated with this project yomama? If not, how on earth can you defend that crap?
          BTCC
          • 2 Years Ago
          LOL, YOU! COMPREHEND! That's rich.
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