The bipedal LEgs ONboARD drOne (LEONARDO) robot built by California Institute of Technology (Caltech) researchers combines walking with flying to perform nimble, complex movements.
LEO can balance itself using multi-joint legs and propeller-based thrusters, enabling it to walk a slackline, hop, and ride a skateboard.
Caltech's Soon-Jo Chung said birds' ability to flap and hop to traverse telephone lines inspired LEO's design, while the way humans wearing a jet suit-wearing humans control their legs and feet when landing or taking off informed the way LEO synchronizes its thrusters and leg joints.
From Caltech News
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