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May 9, 2016 AT 11:00 am

MARLO the Bipedal Robot Walks on Unstable Ground

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From Michigan News via motherboard:

“The robot has no feeling in her tiny feet, but she senses the angles of her joints—for instance, her knee angles, hip angles and the rotation angle of her torso,” said Jessy Grizzle, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and of mechanical engineering. “It’s like walking blindfolded and on stilts.”

MARLO is Grizzle’s first robot that can walk (and fall) in any direction, known as 3D walking. With their previous robot, MABEL, Grizzle’s team produced leading control algorithms for robots that need to move in only two dimensions. MABEL was attached to a boom that gave her sideways stability.

Read more and check out the video below from Michigan Robotics: Dynamic Legged Locomotion Lab on YouTube


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