Professor Jonathan Hurst, right, tinkers with MABEL, a humanoid robot that has a natural human gait. MABEL can walk, run, and climb stairs using a natural spring in its joints. (Source: Oregon State University)
Great point about the effect of the research on the design of prosthetic limbs. Wearers of prostheses often have to deal with a very unnatural gait that's caused by their prosthetic legs. Many take a step and then swing the prostheses, which is said to be terribly uncomfortable for them. If an engineer could design a limb that provides a natural gait, that would be huge step forward.
I agree with both you and Charles about robotics research not under Military eyes. Occassionally its nice to see robotics being used in a non destructive capacity. Also, here's a link on Oregon State University Robotics Lab. Keep the robotics articles coming. I really enjoy them.
Hi Ann, Your quite welcome about the link. I find the subject of robotics to be fascinating and it has no application boundaries. The articles you write definitely illustrates that! Keep them coming!!!
Very nice and interesting article. I always enjoy reading the robot stories. This one is really interesting kind of makes me think irobot. Before me know it will be hard to tell a robot from a real human. I'm planning on working on my PhD and my thesis idea is based on one of the mimicking robots.
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