Like a one-legged robot in an ass-kicking contest

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12 Responses:

  1. carus_erus says:

    If it could hop, that would be impressive.

    Then we could youtube it with "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" dubbed in the background.

    Would be better if it came in black.

  2. hadlock says:

    Did anyone else wonder where the bowl part of the toilet was when looking at this?

  3. mackys says:

    It can jump, huh? Sounds like it uses some kind of stored energy mechanism. Can Toyota have finally discovered series-elastic actuators, perhaps?

  4. strspn says:

    Eh, the monopod balance/move/rest problem was completely solved around 1986 IIRC, at CMU's Robotics Institute, too. I want to say Marc Raibert, but I can't find the ref.

    • Raibert did write a book, Legged Robots That Balance, on the subject. I enjoyed the fact that they found it easier to solve the monopod/pogostick balance/walking problem first, and then treat multiple legs as composing a single virtual leg (thus, as they say, reducing it to a previously solved problem).

  5. whumpdotcom says:

    Someone stripped a Honda Asimo?

  6. vxo says:

    Awesome! It's a robot version of Head-Leg from Irritability!

  7. j_v_lynch says:

    Legbot! Kicking ass! Processing Names!

  8. It kind of looks like an outboard motor -- wonder if it can paddle-kick.