MABEL (ECCS/EPAS) becomes the world's fastest bipedal robot, setting a record of 10.9 kph or 6.8 mph.
September 21, 2011
MABEL (ECCS/EPAS) becomes the world's fastest bipedal robot, setting a record of 10.9 kph or 6.8 mph. MABEL, or Michigan Anthropomorphic Biped Electric Leg, is part of an ongoing research project ("Control Designs for Bipedal Walkers and Runners") funded through the NSF ECCS/EPAS Program. The objective of this research project is to develop systematic, model-based feedback design procedures for a class of bipedal robots that take advantage of compliance in order to enhance locomotion efficiency and robustness when running on smooth terrain and walking on rough terrain. This project has the potential to transform our ability to design, build and control robots that are capable of realizing locomotion behaviors that are more agile and human-like than ever before. More information and videos of MABEL.
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