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IHMC's Planar Elliptical Runner, an ostrich-like bipedal robot

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Tinuku ~ The Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Florida developed a bipedal robot to run fast. Planar Elliptical Runner is an iron body containing a machine having two legs like a small ostrich designed to run fast in pursuit of the car as a significant leap in robotic technology.

Tinuku IHMC's Planar Elliptical Runner, an ostrich-like bipedal robot

The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) designed a simple two-legged robot called Planar Elliptical Runner to explore the mechanical movements that can be used with fast footwork. The project initiators conducted a series of tests on the treadmill and rear of the car. IHMC's Planar Elliptical Runner, an ostrich-like bipedal robot

Bipedal robots do not use sensors and computers to balance themselves. Mechanical design provides dynamic stability while running and all intelligence arises from within the robot's own physical design. Robots are more practical, more efficient and naturally useful for any application quickly and in locations that do not allow wheel use.

The Planar Elliptical Runner has a motor for moving the legs and the ellipse movements of the legs provide stability. The robot runs at a speed of 12 miles per hour, but if built human-sized would have a speed of 20 to 30 miles per hour.


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