Complexity Digest 2004.24 - 02.02
Robotic Rock-Climber Takes Its First Steps, NewScientist
Excerpts: A robotic mountaineer, which could one day help rescue people trapped by earthquakes or even explore rock faces on Mars, has taken its first steps. The spider-like robot, called Lemur, has a central body and four triple-jointed limbs. Its gait bears a spooky resemblance to that of a human rock-climber. Lemur can already pull itself up an irregular surface without any guidance from a controller, although it needs to be told where the holds are first. The ultimate goal is for Lemur to determine the best path up a cliff all by itself.
- Source: Robotic Rock-Climber Takes Its First Steps
[ http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99995090 ], New Scientist, 04/06/09