February 28, 2007

These Bots Were Made For Walkin'
— Ace

As this guy says, "walking" robots aren't really big shakes now. But he points out that previous "walkers" were following a pre-programmed route, unable to balance on the fly as they encountered surfaces they hadn't been specifically programmed to navigate.

This one balances dynamically, and so could just walk wherever he likes. Um, as long as it's not too tricky.

And assuming he's got an hour or so to cover 100 feet.

We're getting there, though.

Thanks to George.

And thanks to Sinistar for the headline.

Posted by: Ace at 09:22 AM | Comments (36)
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1 These bots were made for walkin'...

Posted by: Sinistar at February 28, 2007 09:25 AM (oHd6r)

2 I won't be impressed until it can moonwalk.

Posted by: Picky Calzone at February 28, 2007 09:30 AM (41Dd+)

3 Heh, thanks Ace. Who can resist a Nancy Sinatra reference?

Posted by: Sinistar at February 28, 2007 09:39 AM (oHd6r)

4 They couldn't give robo-dude a pair of Jordans?

Posted by: Eric at February 28, 2007 09:39 AM (kZGNl)


I wonder if it would be easier or harder for it to walk if it had arms to balance itself (and the requisite programming, of course).

The gyroscopic stabilizer gadget in Segways was supposedly a big breakthrough for the balance reason.

Anyway, yeah, any advancement in robotics is cooool.

Posted by: Some Guy at February 28, 2007 09:40 AM (lPxkl)

6 Whatevs

Posted by: Herbie Hancock's Rockit video at February 28, 2007 09:44 AM (w0dpL)

7 Ach! That thing needs to be put down now. I can only imagine the day when that seizure like walking robot comes wobbling down the street. Only happily to be ran over by an 18-wheeler

Posted by: Seferas-H. at February 28, 2007 09:50 AM (fdeNn)

8 Maybe someday they'll make a robot that can rhythmically slap a cat's ass with little paddles.

You know, something useful.

Posted by: Phinn at February 28, 2007 09:54 AM (DiZv6)

9 They have a plan.

Posted by: harrison at February 28, 2007 09:55 AM (yYMAJ)

10 Nice shoes.

Posted by: Nice Deb at February 28, 2007 10:04 AM (HfGmJ)

11 This would be cool if it can be turned into a sort of ground UAV (Unmanned Walking vehicle?) that could be used to hunt terrorists in mountainous terrain that is not suitable for tracked vehicles. Imagine the looks on their faces when they encounter the dreaded US spider-bots
(anyone else remember that old Johnny Quest cartoon?)

Posted by: BattleofthePyramids at February 28, 2007 10:05 AM (Ap6RD)

12 Personally Battleo'Pyramids, I'd rather see an army of this guy...


I can just see him ruthlessly hunting down terrorist meatbags...hehehe...


This one might be good for detention centers.

Posted by: Sinistar at February 28, 2007 10:23 AM (oHd6r)

13 Mocking Query: Osama? Osama? Are you dead yet, meatbag?

Posted by: HK-47 at February 28, 2007 10:29 AM (oHd6r)

14 I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

Posted by: JosephD at February 28, 2007 10:32 AM (q1iOs)

15 Call me when it can walk over here and blow me.

Posted by: spongeworthy at February 28, 2007 11:08 AM (uSomN)


>>Call me when it can walk over here and blow me.

That thing has metal teeth, Spongeworthy, and no lips.

Posted by: Tushar D at February 28, 2007 11:10 AM (h76y6)

17 I flipping LOVE these types of stories! Seriously, I'm really excited with the idea of having robots in the home. Like the robot who can pick up old people and take them to bed!!! My co-worker said I'd get really fat by being so lazy, but so what! I'll just buy a robot who's strong enough to carry my fat ass everywhere!

Posted by: Arbiter at February 28, 2007 11:11 AM (dPVWQ)


>>the robot who can pick up old people and take them to bed!!!

Arbiter, Spongeworthy dreaming about getting BJs from a robot was sick enough. Now you want the robots to fcuk old people? WTF?

Kidding, ofcourse.

Posted by: Tushar D at February 28, 2007 11:26 AM (h76y6)

19 That thing has metal teeth, Spongeworthy, and no lips.

That's the point, Jugdish. When they get these bugs worked out, you know, call me.

Posted by: spongeworthy at February 28, 2007 11:33 AM (uSomN)

20 Jugdish!   Heh!

Posted by: Tushar D at February 28, 2007 11:38 AM (h76y6)

21 Quick, what's that from?

Posted by: spongeworthy at February 28, 2007 12:11 PM (uSomN)

22 You mean, the name Jugdish? No idea. But it is funny the way you spelled it. Jug and Dish! Ha!

Posted by: Tushar D at February 28, 2007 12:15 PM (h76y6)

23 Animal House.

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24 Our Elven friend is correct and wins this ancient totem made from the bent wood of a hanging tree. Nice work, JackStraw.

Tushar, you were just a baby-wallah when that film was released, but it's a timeless classic.

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