Meet LEONARDO – a bipedal robot who can ride a skateboard and walk a tightrope

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Engineers at Caltech have developed a bipedal walking robot that can fly, tightrope, and skateboard. LEONARDO (LEgs ONboARD drOne, or LEO for short) works by combining two different locomotion mechanisms. The robot can achieves complex manoeuvres that require delicate balancing, such as walking on a slackline and...

Drones programmed to build bridge

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Quadcopter drones have been programmed to build a rope bridge capable of supporting the weight of a human. The project was the result of a joint study by two researchers - one specialising in robotics, the other architecture - at ETH Zurich University's Institute for Dynamic Systems and...