31 May '12, 2pm

Robotics /^\ Gibbot Training to Swing Like a Monkey: This purple little guy is the Gibb... #robot #AI #sci

This purple little guy is the Gibbot, a robot designed by the Laboratory for Intelligent Mechanical Systems at Northwestern University to explore a particular type of locomotion that's been perfected by monkeys* to quickly and efficiently get around in trees. Astute and loyal followers of IEEE Spectrum might remember ParkourBot , a two-dimensional gymnast robot also from Northwestern (in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon). ParkourBot is a pro at bouncing up and down walls, but it's not great at going sideways. The Gibbot, on the other hand, is designed primarily to investigate horizontal locomotion. Specifically, the Gibbot is intended to brachiate, which is a type of highly efficient motion used by (surprise!) gibbons. Brachiation is essentially repetitive horizontal swinging: there's no net vertical motion, which means that the gibbon doesn't really have to expend much ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hard...

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