if you build it, they may come — RoMeLa STriDER

STriDER

Strider photo at RoMeLa

Tripedal robot swings itself into action

by: Tom Simonite / New Scientist.com news Service

“Three-legged robot with an unconventional and graceful walk has been developed by US researchers. Like humans, it exploits gravity to save energy with each step, but it also flips its entire body upside-down with each stride.

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“To take a step forwards, the robot shifts its weight onto two of its legs, allowing itself to fall forwards away from the third leg. Its body then flips upside-down and the third leg swings up between the other two just in time to catch the ground and return STriDER to a stable tripod stance. To change direction, the robot simply switches its choice of swinging leg.

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“Although STriDER’s body shape is like nothing in nature, its gait is meant to closely mimic the way biological organisms walk.” (full article)

STriDER (Self-excited Tripedal Dynamic Experimental Robot) video at YouTube

Research facility: The Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) at Virginia Tech/Research facility

Primary Source: NewScientistTech

Alerting Source: Herself’s Artificial Intelligence: Topics in artificial intelligence, source code and news

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