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How someday robots may run to the rescue -- literally

Slideshow image showing robot walking

Much has been written about the UM's MABEL robot, how it walks and runs more like a human than any previous robot, and how it's setting a pace for other robots to emulate. In this slideshow, go behind the scenes and delve into research on the science of balance that's spawning a revolution in robot walking.

Credit: National Science Foundation


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Jessy Grizzle and the robot MABEL

University of Michigan robotics engineer Jessy Grizzle with MABEL (Michigan Anthropomorphic Biped with Electronic Legs).

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Two people and a robot with lateral support boom.

MABEL is seen here with a lateral support boom. The boom prevents it from moving side to side but does not prevent it from tipping forward when it walks. Hae-Won Park (left) and Jessy Grizzle are with it.

Credit: Catharine June, University of Michigan


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robot feet walking

MABEL's feet give the robot the characteristics of human walking.

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Flat-footed robot walking

A flat-footed robot walks during the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge.

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