This Robot Walks the Line — or Rather Balance Beam

Robotics Institute researchers have designed a system that makes an off-the-shelf quadruped robot able to walk a narrow balance beam. By leveraging hardware often used to control satellites in space, the team improved the quadruped’s balancing capabilities. Watch this video to learn more about their work, which was accepted to the 2023 International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

"This experiment was huge," said Zachary Manchester , an assistant professor in the RI and head of the Robotic Exploration Lab. "I don't think anyone has ever successfully done balance beam walking with a robot before."