Humanoid robots have come a protracted, lengthy approach since Honda’s Asimo took a nasty tumble down the stairs. Heck, we’re seeing full gymnastics routines from the Boston Dynamics Atlas now.
But why ought to robots be restricted by their legs, even when that’s their major propulsion? That’s a query Caltech is toying with on its new LEONARDO robot, quick for “LEgs ONboARD drOne,” and that is the primary actual video of it in motion (by way of BoingBoing).
Simply put, it’s a comparatively light-weight strolling robotic that balances extra like a drone than a typical bipedal bot — as a result of it’s actually received a set of drone propellers as an alternative of arms. (It reminds us of this University of Tokyo bot with a quadcopter for a head.) Perhaps it’s not as spectacular as Disney’s flying robotic stuntmen, however how usually do you see a robotic ballerina stand on one leg and twirl?
You can learn extra concerning the bot in tales at IEEE Spectrum and Wired from earlier this yr, together with how the researchers count on these thrusters would possibly ultimately assist it do a complete bunch of leaping — even perhaps on Mars.