DFKI-Bremen's iStruct uses its active spine and multi-contact feet to transition from all fours to an upright position
The iStruct's primary innovation is its active spine, which gives its added flexibility and support
A close-up of the iStruct's active spine
iStruct's upper-body can tilt and turn thanks to its spine
By standing upright, the robot can put its arms and hands to work
Back in June the world got its first glimpse of the iStruct, a robot ape developed at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and the University of Bremen. We predicted that in addition to the stability afforded by walking on all fours, the robot ape could feasibly stand up to free its hands for other kinds of work. Now the team has published a video that shows how their robot accomplishes this maneuver with the help of its flexible spine and sensitive feet.
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