Today In Creepy Dog Robots: “Free Running” [VIDEO]

Ars Technica reports:

Meet ANYmal, a four-legged dog-like robot designed by researchers at ETH Zürich in Switzerland, in hopes of using such robots for search-and-rescue on building sites or disaster areas, among other applications. Now ANYmal has been upgraded to perform rudimentary parkour moves, aka “free running.”

Human parkour enthusiasts are known for their remarkably agile, acrobatic feats, and while ANYmal can’t match those, the robot successfully jumped across gaps, climbed up and down large obstacles, and crouched low to maneuver under an obstacle, according to a recent paper published in the journal Science Robotics.

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