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