These humanoid robots can autonomously navigate cinder block mazes thanks to IHMC

TechCrunch | 7/5/2019 | Staff
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Programming robots to walk on flat, even ground is difficult enough, but Florida’s Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) is talking the grander challenge of making sure bipedal robots can successfully navigate rough terrain. The research organization has been demonstrating its work in this area since 2016, but its latest video (via Engadget) shows the progress its made.

In the new video, IHMC’s autonomous footstep planning programming is at work on both Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot, and the NASA-developed Valkyrie robot (humanoid robots have the coolest names). This video shows off navigation of a heaping pile of cinder blocks, as well as narrower paths which are trickier to navigate because of limited navigation options.

IHMC - Navigation - Operations - Beginning - Point

Basically, IHMC manages these complex navigation operations by specifying a beginning and end point for...
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