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Blind bipedal robot travels 5 kilometers for the first time in the USA

Blind bipedal robot travels 5 kilometers for the first time in the USA

Aug 012021

The device, which uses artificial intelligence, is capable of going up and down stairs.

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Cassie, a bipedal robot developed at Oregon State University, has traveled 5 kilometers using a machine learning method to maintain balance while moving around the university campus.

The robot, developed by Dynamic Robotics Labs, took just over 53 minutes to complete the task, moving autonomously and without recharging the batteries, the University reported.

The robotic itinerary included 6.5-minute resets after two crashes: one due to the computer overheating and the other due to the order to turn too fast.

 

Cassie is the first bipedal robot to apply the method known as 'Reinforced Learning', which allows it to minimize errors and improve balance algorithms through infinite subtle adjustments based on the outcome of each movement.

Thanks to the self-learning method Cassie is able to ascend and descend steps without using cameras to observe her surroundings.

The robot has three degrees of freedom, allowing it to move its legs back and forth, side to side, and also rotate them at the same time.

The project was designed in 2017 and received $ 1 million in funding from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

 

Blind bipedal robot travels 5 kilometers for the first time in the USA

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