Researchers in the Robotic Systems Laboratory of ETH Zurich in Switzerland have unveiled a four-limbed robot capable of moving uninterrupted after being pushed over by a human.
The autonomous "Anymal" can move at a pace comparable to that of a person, as well as carrying a payload of up to 22 pounds.
Anymal is equipped with sensors and cameras to autonomously navigate across various terrains, such as moving up and down stairs, climbing over obstacles, steps and gaps, and crawling into tight spaces. The sensors continuously scan surroundings for obstacles so the robot can find a safe path.
ETH Zurich says the device would be ideal for inspecting oil and gas sites with the aid of an onboard camera in scenarios too hazardous for human inspectors.
The researchers say, "Computer-vision algorithms interpret the images to read out the state of components such as analog gauges, liquid level meters, and valve lever positions."
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