Dutch Robot "Flame" Walks Like a Human

Via Physorg

This robot uses the same way humans walk, but actually falling forward.

"PhD student Daan Hobbelen has demonstrated for the first time that a robot can be both energy-efficient and highly stable. His breakthrough came in inventing a suitable method for measuring the stability of the way people walk for the first time. This is remarkable, as ‘falling forward’ is traditionally viewed as an unstable movement.

To watch Flame in action click here (WMV, 5.25MB).

Next he built a new robot with which he was able to demonstrate the improved performance: Flame. Flame contains seven motors, an organ of balance and various algorithms which ensure its high level of stability."

Robots that can chase us flesh-bags down to power themselves are now one step (pardon the pun) closer. w00t!

Picture of Dutch Robot
Gjdj39 years ago
Dang! That's crazy.