Centaur-Looking Robots Ideal for Search-and-Rescue Missions

Published by , July 30, 2018 1:36 pm

(PopularScience) Researchers from the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia created a hybrid, centaur-looking robot with four wheeled legs and two front-facing arms that can aid in future search-and-rescue missions. The robot’s arms can pick up blocks, navigate through rubble, climb stairs or karate chop wood with its powerful arms. The Centauro stands at 1.5 meters tall, and weighs 93 kilograms. Its hybrid body structure means it’s both adaptable and tough, which is essential in search-and-rescue missions.
Centauro’s design was partly inspired by the Momaro, a centaur-like robot designed by engineers from the University of Bonn. The Momaro was a top European performer at the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge. Other top performers were also hybrid designs (the winning team built a robot that transformed from bipedal to wheeled).

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