HyQ is a hydraulically-actuated quadruped robot developed at the Italian Institute of Technology
HyQ may take on a centaur-like configuration in the future, which would give it the ability to interact with its environment
Recently IIT sold a copy of its HyQ robot to ETH Zurich's Agile and Dexterous Robotics Lab
The HyQ robot has compliant legs which are able to absorb some impact forces
The IIT research team has developed a step reflex algorithm that can detect leg obstructions and causes the leg to automatically step up and over obstacles 11 cm high
The Italian Institute of Technology's HyQ quadruped robot steps over an unseen obstacle automatically using its new step reflex algorithm
Similar in size to Boston Dynamics' BigDog, the HyQ hydraulically-actuated quadruped robot can walk, trot, kick, and jump, but its reflexes need an upgrade before it can move from flat ground to more challenging terrain. To that end, researchers from the Italian Institute of Technology's (IIT) have developed an animal-like step reflex algorithm that quickly detects when the robot's feet run into obstacles, preventing trips and falls.
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