Over in Italy, a robot has been given a rocket jetpack. It looks pretty pleased. Here’s more from Engadget:
Humanoid robots have an advantage over both more esoteric builds and traditional UAVs when it comes to disaster response because they can more easily manipulate a world, which is already designed for human use. However, when a natural disaster strikes, much of that human-centric infrastructure could become damaged or otherwise rendered impassable, which negates many of the humanoid robot’s initial advantages. But by combining a humanoid design with the capability of flight, Pucci’s team can leverage the best aspects of both technologies.
“Aerial Humanoid Robotics unifies aerial manipulation and humanoid robotics. By doing so, aerial humanoid robots overcome the lack of terrestrial locomotion of aerial manipulators and extend the locomotion capabilities of humanoid robots to the flight case. Aerial humanoid robots can then walk, fly, manipulate and transport objects, thus offering energetically efficient solutions to payload transportation and object manipulation,” the IIT team wrote in 2019.
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