bioloidWe’ve seen plenty of humanoid robots here on GadgetLite, but we probably haven’t seen any as unique as this. Programmed by student Marko Wickrath in association with the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany & University of Manitoba, Canada. This robot isn’t just demonstrating a remarkable amount of coordinated and reproducible agility, in fact, the robot hasn’t been given a set piece of instructions on which step it should take next. It’s actually deciding autonomously where to place each hand and foot based on an image of the wall from an external camera and what the robot knows about its own capabilities. It therefore almost “thinks” and knows its limits, weighs out pros and cons before taking any further action.

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This latest NASA rover concept robot is being developed at the California Institute of Technology. It is an autonomous robotic rover stuffed with wireless computing sensors in a cylindrical body which NASA hopes it will be able to maneuver over all terrains, from steepy climbs to rocky mountains and deepest caters, basically wherever man wouldn’t reach safely. Check out the video below…

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I’d say that the new iBot 4000 Mobility System is really a combination of advanced technology and latest skills in robotics and engineering, how it climbs stairs (in the video after the break) looks quite scary and unsteady to me actually, but it works!

The iBot is able to climb stairs because it works by using multiple computer systems in conjunction with gyroscopes, it also features triple redundant backup systems and auditory/visual signals for added safety making it a very fancy one of a kind wheelchair!

Watch the vid demo after the break…

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