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    Great, expensive fun: Falling-down robots




    WACKY WEB WEEK

    Great, expensive fun: Falling-down robots


    By Kathleen Atkins
    Sometimes, you're simply obliged to rejoice that you're an animal who learned how to walk up stairs, most likely in early childhood. What can make you feel that way? Try this video compilation from Day 1 of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals. Certainly, scientists learned important matters from their exercises. But these flailing robots are also fun to watch. (To be fair, many robots completed tasks without falling over.) Enjoy!

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    What amazes me is, given the great complexity of staying upright on two legs, that any robot can sustain walking for any distance. Technology has sure come a long way recently!
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    It seems to me that using Segway type wheeled technology would be a good way to give robots greater mobility and speed. Walking up steps will be a problem until "legs" can be perfected. At least we don't have to worry much about Terminators coming after us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEScott View Post
    It seems to me that using Segway type wheeled technology would be a good way to give robots greater mobility and speed. Walking up steps will be a problem until "legs" can be perfected. At least we don't have to worry much about Terminators coming after us.
    It's rough terrain and steps which have prompted developers to continue thinking along the lines of legs and walking. That and the human bionics /medical applications of improving robotic walking technnologies.
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