NASA JPL’s RoboSimian robot stood out at the DARPA Robotics Challenge as one of the few non-humanoid designs. The use of four versatile limbs allows it to adapt to the test scenario in ways that would be difficult for a bipedal robot. We chat with Katie Byl of the UC Santa Barbara Robotics Lab, whose team programmed RoboSimian, to learn about the advantages of a quadruped design and how RoboSimian may be utilized in complex environments like being underground or even in space!
Shot and edited by Joey Fameli
Find out more about RoboSimian here: https://www-robotics.jpl.nasa.gov/tasks/showTask.cfm?TaskID=236&tdaID=700043
Find out more about the UCSB Robotics Lab here: http://robotics.ece.ucsb.edu/
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