Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Boing! Boing! Boing! It's RoboStick...

From: New Scientist Blog http://www.newscientist.com/blog/technology/2007/09/blazing-robot-saddles.html
"Blazing robot saddles"
"While doing background research for this story about Boston Dynamics' latest robot, called LittleDog, I stumbled across the homepage of Martin Buehler, the company's director of robotics. The page features several very cool looking robot projects. And one, entitled "Robot Jockey Racing", particularly caught my eye. There's not much detail about the project, only this description: "A prototype jockey-ridden hopping robot that controlled forward speed, hopping height, and pitch balance, the jockey did sideways balance and steering."

But you can see a video of the jockey robot in action. It looks like lots of fun, if slightly dangerous. It's a shame they don't seem to have made two, so we could see them race.

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