Omni-directional Spider Robot Climbs, Dangles, Does Cartwheels

Wishing your robot was a little more flexible? This group at Osaka University has developed a spider-like robot with incredible mobility–even the ability to do cartwheels. Watch the video to see the robot “rescue” a plush stuffed animal.

A research group at Osaka University, led by Professor Arai, is developing a six-legged robot, with features of the design borrowed from insects. This robot walks on six legs, and it can use two legs as arms when needed, so it can pick things up and carry them.

 

The research team envisioned the robot as a tool for rescue operations and building maintenance. What other applications do you think could benefit from this robot?

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