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A team of researchers at Osaka University has developed a six-legged insect robot that can perform moves that put some humanoids to shame.

The Asterisk robot weighs 4kg, measures 816mm wide and 78mm high. It is equipped with an acceleration sensor, gyro sensor, six touch sensors (one on each leg), three infrared sensors, and six CCD cameras. Each leg has four joints. These are arranged at a 60-degree intervals to ensure the robot has the same working range in all directions. The robot does not have a distinction between top and bottom, so if it falls over it can easily turn up be turning its legs the other way.

It may be slow in its movements, but Asterisk can perform impressive tasks such as picking up an object with two legs and lift it on top of its body to carry around. The insect robot can also climb stairs, move along a net attached to a wall, and lower its body to more through narrow spaces.

The Asterisk has been in development for around six years. The research team is looking for new tasks their robot can perform, like trying to make a cartwheel. Click the video to see Asterisk in action.

Source: Osaka University, via Diginfo and TechCrunch

 
 

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