Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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DARPA Robots

Here's an article about DARPA's robot competition.  

One thing caught my attention: center of balance.  Almost every one of those robots was top-heavy and that's why they fell.  As soon as the top swings wide of the base, boom, down they go.  Guys, you need to think about stability.  One reason antbots, tankbots, centipedes, etc. score well in navigation tests is because they just about can't fall over.  You want to open a door?  Put an arm on top of a stable base.
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