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Humanoid robot walks tightrope-like walkway

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Humanoid robot walks tightrope-like walkway

A step in the right direction - U.S. institute shows humanoid robot navigating its way across a narrow walkway.

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Humanoid robot walks tightrope-like walkway

An American research institute has made strides towards developing a multi-use humanoid robot, showing it walking across a narrow, tightrope-like walkway.

The robot, called Atlas, is shown in a video from May 1 making its way across concrete blocks laid between two platforms. It uses lidar to navigate the terrain.

These are sensors that use laser light pulses to measure distances and render precise images of environments.

The Florida-based Institute for Human and Machine Cognition's (IHMC) is working on the robot's algorithm to improve its control, perception and planning, it said in a statement.

The institute added that the robot, which was originally built by robotics company Boston Dynamics, has approximately a 50% success rate at navigating such narrow, complex but flat terrain.

IHMC thinks robots like Atlas could one day help humans in emergency response, reaching places too inhospitable or dangerous for humans.

They could even be used in the colonisation of Mars, it added.

But first it needs to get better at navigating rough terrain, understanding it with no previous knowledge of the ground.

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