Outrunner

This little 6-legged machine can run up to 20 miles per a hour (32 km/h). And it stands as one of the first remotely controlled running robots. It comes with a 2 hour battery life and, perhaps best of all, you can control it with your phone. The team behind the project says that it can move up to 45 mph (about 75 km/h); however, it still needs a little assistance keeping upright when moving at this pace.

It was made by a company called Robotics Unlimited, which is based in Florida and consists of robotics and mechanical designers from the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition. The company explains, "Steering is achieved by shifting the center of mass of the robot, forcing it to lean to one side, which in result induces a turn (similarly to what happens on a bicycle). These are the basic concepts behind the OutRunner robot."

Outrunner

 

They go on to explain that they are able to manufacture the robot for cheaper by having a lower central mass,"By having a center of mass lower than the leg axis of rotation, OutRunner robots exploit a kind of 'buoyancy effect,' making them inherently stable and eliminating the need for expensive sensors and complex control algorithms." O

Oh, and it's also rather efficient when it comes to energy. This is achieved by utilizing some of the same featuree observed in legged animals; "using legs as an energy storage system allows for fluctuation and conservation (and not losses) of potential and kinetic energy during running."

See it in action in the videos below.


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