RoboSimian: Ape-Like Robot Under Construction

RoboSimian is an ape-like robot designed to meet the disaster-recovery tasks of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. This video shows RoboSimian and its unique hands under construction at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, along with simulations of the finished robot. The RoboSimian team is led by JPL, and Stanford University collaborated on the development of the robot's unique hands. RoboSimian will use its four general purpose limbs and hands, capable of both mobility and manipulation, to achieve passively stable stances; create multi-point anchored connections to supports such as ladders, railings, and stair treads; and brace itself during forceful manipulation operations.