I, for one, welcome our new vertically-scampering robot overlords

Robotic rock-climber takes its first steps:
"The spider-like robot, called Lemur, was developed by engineers at Stanford University and JPL as a prototype for a fully autonomous rock climber. It can already follow a human climber up an irregular surface without any guidance from a controller. And it has a spookily human gait.

While other climbing robots are designed to scale the sides of flat structures using suction cups or magnets for grip, tackling uneven geological surfaces is a far more difficult task. With a central body and four triple-jointed limbs, Lemur's gait resembles that of a human rock climber as it manoeuvres up an indoor climbing wall at Stanford."

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12 Responses:

  1. jabber says:

    Pretty slick, especially considering it doesn't seem to care which way it's facing while climbing. Too bad it looks like a Swatch.

  2. brad says:

    It climbs too slow.

    I was hoping for it to look like a quick little robotic spider, just scampering up the wall with ease.

  3. psymbiotic says:

    There's a Peter Parker joke somewhere here, but I can't think of it right now. :p

    Egan >:>

  4. nzchrisb says:

    Damn something else that climb better than me! I wonder how it copes once the angle is overhanging, and can it dyno if it comes to a section that it can't reach past.

  5. tokyolove says:

    But why build such a thing?

  6. rawdogue says:

    I don't know why but I want one.

  7. organaut says:

    Cool idea. But somehow it reminds me of a climbing swastika.