Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Robotics -- Running Technique Much Improved

Ok. For the momement we are safe from Robots when it comes to the marathon plus I am more flexible (basically) but this is really amazing. Toyota has a humanoid robot that can run at about 4 miles per hour. I noticed the've done a better job engineering the feet to move more naturally. The design of the hip is still incomplete. It's missing a pivot needed to make a natural stride. The feet still don't have the correct arched structure. I would re-engineer it with some spring steel like they use in competitive prostetics to gain the natural spring the foot has. Pretty cool don't you think (until they try to kill you)?

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