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New breed of robot bounces back after injury with a limp

A new breed of robots can recognise when they have lost a limb and adjust their walking motion to cope with the “injury” and walk with a limp.

The development is detailed in Nature by roboticists Antoine Cully and Jean-Baptiste Moret who built the algorithm that gives the robots “instincts”.

The newly programmed robots learnt to cope with the a new way of walking in just 40 seconds of trial and error and could even cope when two legs were out of action.

Cully and Moret says their innovation could help robots cope better in disaster zones.

Bill Condie

Bill Condie

Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.

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