Run, robot. Run.

MABEL, one of the world’s speediest two-legged robots, can run up to 6.8 miles per hour.

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Created by a team of researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MABEL runs a lot like a human.

MABEL was designed to mimic a human’s weight distribution, and has springs that act like tendons in the human body. The robot weighs about 143 lbs, and like a human, most of the weight is concentrated in the upper half of the body. That keeps the legs relatively light, so they can quickly move forward and backward for fast locomotion.

Building bipedal robots that run and walk smoothly is a challenge  because of the complexity of motion and balance, particularly over uneven terrain.

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Credit: Koushil Sreenath, Hae-Won Park, Jessy Grizzle: University of Michigan - College of Engineering

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MONEY FOLDER

Won Park is the master of Origami. He is also called the “money folder”, a practitioner of origami whose canvas is the United States One Dollar Bill. Bending, twisting, and folding, Won Park creates life-like shapes inspired by objects living and not– both in stunning detail.

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The goal of this art is to create a representation of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without the use of gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one piece of paper.

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