Dutch Robot "Flame" Walks Like a Human
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 â€˜falling forwardâ€™ 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!