The 2012 American Solar Challenge just finished with a familiar winner: the University of Michigan Solar Car Team. (We featured this impressive student group on TRANSLOGIC 99.) Along with claiming a 4th consecutive national championship--and 7th title overall--the U-M team also broke the national record for the 8-day endurance race. Of course, that record was already set by the "maize and blue" in 2008.
The University of Michigan attracts some of the brightest young minds in the country to its Ann Arbor, Mi campus. With all that knowledge and ambition in one place, you're bound to see some amazing results, both in and out of the class room. One such example of the latter is the U-M solar car team--an entirely extracurricular, student-run project. The team typically carries more than 100 members that are involved in all facets of the $1.5 million project.
This robot doesn't just walk, it breaks records. On this week's episode of TRANSLOGIC we brought you a glimpse of some current research being done in robotics. MABEL is a bipedal walking/running robot developed at the University of Michigan. Its technology is nothing short of state of the art.