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Video: World’s fastest two-legged robot with knees

See MABEL run—like a human. With a peak pace of 6.8 miles per hour, MABEL is believed to be the world’s fastest bipedal robot with knees.

“It’s stunning,” says Jessy Grizzle, a professor in the electrical engineering and computer science department at the University of Michigan who helped develop the robot. “I have never seen a machine doing a motion like this.”

Few robots can run, and the researchers say no machine but MABEL can do it with such a human-like gait. Its weight is distributed like a person’s. It has a heavier torso and light, flexible legs with springs that act like tendons. MABEL is in the air for 40 percent of each stride, “like a real runner,” Grizzle says. The researchers say they envision some extraordinary applications, including exoskeletons that enable wheelchair-bound people to walk again or that give rescuers super-human abilities.

Full story at Futurity.

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