This creepy robot walks like a chicken and could someday deliver your groceries

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This could be the future of robotics — and it kind of looks like a chicken.  

Agility Robotics unveiled a bipedal robot called Cassie this week. The company, which spun out of the ATRIAS project at Oregon State University, is focused on “legged locomotion” and hopes to someday engineer robots that can walk just like people. 

That should be incredibly useful in a wide range of applications — but it needs some more work before then. 

Cassie was built using a 16-month, $1-million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The custom design took cues from animal morphology and behavior, including a hip joint with three degrees of freedom and flexible ankle joints, just like a human’s leg. This makes it much more stable than the team’s previous designs, whose motor-heavy systems were inefficient.     Read more…

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