The future is robotic
A nimble, four-legged robot is so surefooted it can recover its balance even
all » after being given a hefty kick. The machine, which moves like a cross between a goat and a pantomime horse, is being developed as a robotic pack mule for the US military.
Raibert says the latest version of BigDog can handle slopes of 35° a steeper gradient than one in two. The hydraulics are driven by a two-stroke single-cylinder petrol engine, and it can carry over 40 kg, about 30% of its bodyweight.
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