This bipedal drone robot can walk, fly, skateboard, and slackline
Photo Credit: Caltech
A team of researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have come up with a bipedal robot that performs the twin function of walking and flying. The team claims that their latest creation is not just agile but also capable of complex movements. Named Leonardo, the part-walking robot, part-flying drone is built in such a way that it can balance itself on a slackline, hop around, or even ride a skateboard.
Designed and developed by Caltech's Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST), the robot's multi-joint legs and propeller-based thrusters help it achieve a fine degree of control over its balance, researchers say.
Speaking on the project, Soon-Jo Chung, Bren Professor of Aerospace and Control and Dynamical Systems says that the team drew inspiration from nature, …
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