Robust-Legged Robot Can Do (Almost) Anything

Researchers have designed a robotic system that enables a low-cost and relatively small-legged robot to climb and descend stairs nearly its height, traverse varied terrain, cross gaps, and even operate in the dark.

"Empowering small robots to climb stairs and handle a variety of environments is crucial to developing robots that will be useful in people's homes as well as search-and-rescue operations," said Deepak Pathak , an assistant professor in the Robotics Institute. "This system creates a robust and adaptable robot that could perform many everyday tasks."