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Walking is such a fundamental form of transportation that we often take it for granted. Teaching a robot to do it is another matter. The University of Michigan's MABEL bi-pedal robot can walk, run and respond to dynamic changes in terrain without tripping--just like us.

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Looks like a Herbie Hancock video from the 80's...

October 16 2013 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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August 29 2012 at 4:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You wouldn't call it a waste of money if heaven forbid you lost your legs.

August 29 2012 at 4:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There is no way in hell the that peace of junk could walk without that side bar what a peace of junk and a waste of money but now you see how they keep there 1% working we need to put a stop to stuff like this.

August 29 2012 at 1:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

GOvernment research dollars hard at work designing something that has no purpose other than to use the name of the Jetson's maid. And we wonder how we got to be 15 trillion in debt.

August 29 2012 at 12:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

why waste resources on mechanical robots when the technology exists to develop living slaves configured for a specific task(s)?

August 28 2012 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is a joke. They compare it to the other robots that clearly are already in use and production when it can't do anything more than walk in a straight line while supported by a massive bar so it doesn't fall sideways. They claim the purpose of it is to walk using minimal foot space without falling when going over uneven terrain. The BigDog robot already does both of those things and is currently in use by the military. While BigDog is four legged, and the big difference is that MABEL is two legged; they are trying to make that work using a BLIND robot. If blind people have an extremely hard time walking on a dirt trail that has rocks scattered all over the place, how on earth do they think that this thing is ever going to work? Put a freakin camera on that thing so it has eyes. Sheesh...

August 28 2012 at 10:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

see PETMAN from Boston Dynamics

August 28 2012 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The U of M should deploy armies of these things to clean up Detroit.

August 28 2012 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cool, but can it walk without being connected to the bar?

August 28 2012 at 9:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


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