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August 15, 2011

MABEL Running Robot

at 11:25 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment

A walking robot like MABEL might not look that interesting to many people since humans do it all the time with no effort but when you think of the complexity behind what is being done in the video above you have to admire the machine!

Thanks for the tip Fahd

Via: Engadget

“MABEL runs free for over 110 steps! In our opinion, this is the most realistic, human-like running achieved on a robot. It has a very satisfying feel to it. The robot just moves right. It is up in the air for more than a third of the duration of step. The height off the ground is right. Whereas other robots had their feet maybe one sixth of an inch off the ground, MABEL is 3 to 4 in inches in the air. The motion of the hip, which is like a bouncing ball, and the pitching of the torso give you the sensation of running. It all just makes you say, that is running.

MABEL has four electric motors, two for each leg, which provide power. Whether the robot is walking, running, or just standing, there is a feedback controller on a computer that measures all of the positions of the robot’s joints and the angle of its body, and then determines the proper power commands to send to the motors.”


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3 Responses to “MABEL Running Robot”

  1. Krusty Says:

    I *DO NOT* want that running after me!

  2. Rangerx52 Says:

    Less than intimidating. Runs for 110 steps? bullsh*t. Try actually watching the video, you can see it tripping multiple times, you can see the legs pause and stumble at multiple points, while the motion remains uninterrupted.
    Remove the post + tether, and maybe someone will be impressed.

    This is not some spectacular display of engineering, its another mediocre display of money wasted on the wrong people.

    Must be nice to know that with all the R+D they’ve spent, all asimo needed was a tweak- and it runs better than this thing could ever do.

    If however these guys are trying to build a drunk-armless-skeleton spongebob robot, they’re right on track

  3. Farle Says:

    Yep, have to agree with Ranger on the ‘bull’ comment.
    If it went slower, but didn’t drunkenly stumble, that would have been abit more impressive.
    If it went slower and could move independant of the solid tether, that would have been impressive, period.

    Also, what’s with that noise? It sounds like its trying to rip itself apart!

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