CalTech is working on LEO, a new drone that sort of walks and hovers. The propellers help it balance, jump and glide as it walks on two legs. If you have ever seen a cockroach take flight you’ll understand why this movement pattern can seem a little unsettling.
A newly developed bipedal robot can seamlessly switch between walking and flying, and it’s the combination of these two skills that really sets this futuristic machine apart.
Introducing LEONARDO, or LEO for short. The name is an acronym for LEgs ONboARD drone, which nicely but insufficiently describes this robot. The Caltech engineers who built LEO didn’t just slap a pair of robotic legs onto an aerial drone—they had to design the bot with both walking and flying in mind and develop specialized software to integrates its various components.
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