"Robots with legs can go a lot of places that wheels cannot.”

Self-driving delivery truck pulls up, two-legged robot jumps out with your package

#Robots

Sun, Feb 12th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Popular Mechanics brings to attention this video from the Oregon State University, where a bunch of really young and incredibly smart kids have put together a small, durable, two-legged robot capable of tackling any terrain in the most efficient way. It's too bad it looks like the sentry from Robocop.

“This technology will simply explode at some point, when we create vehicles so automated and robots so efficient that deliveries and shipments are almost free,” said Jonathan Hurst, an associate professor of robotics in the OSU College of Engineering, chief technology officer at Agility Robotics and an international leader in the development of legged locomotion.

“Quite simply, robots with legs can go a lot of places that wheels cannot. This will be the key to deliveries that can be made 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by a fleet of autonomous vans that pull up to your curb, and an onboard robot that delivers to your doorstep.

“This robot capability will free people from weekend shopping chores, reduce energy use, and give consumers more time to do the things they want to do. It effectively brings efficient automated logistics from state-of-the-art warehouses out and into the rest of the world.”

  1088

 

You may also be interested in:

Unmanned Marine Boats and Submarines
Rubik's Cube Solving Machine
Daleks to Patrol China's Streets
“Traditional path to economic growth may close to all but a handful of developing countries.”
Robot That Wins at Rock, Paper, Scissors All the Time