Robot Roundup

Asterisk: A spider-like bot

John Moe Dec 16, 2011

Meet a robot that resembles a spider. Yes, a spider. It can rappel on a web and do cartwheels. The robot is being developed by a team of researchers from Osaka University.

From Tecca:

The Asterisk robot is a six-year-old work in progress from a team of researchers at Osaka University in Japan. It had been previously able to walk over uneven terrain, but recent advances in its design allow it to hang from and descend from a web on a wire, much like a real spider. It can also perform something akin to a cartwheel and, from the look of the video above, it’s also learning how to capture and feast on tiny stuffed animals.

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