A new breed of robots have proven that losing a limb or two really is “just a flesh wound.”
Roboticists Antoine Cully and Jean-Baptiste Moret have built an algorithm that allows robots to detect damage — like losing a leg — and alter their walking motion in order to remain operational. Like an animal that injured its paw, these robots teach themselves to walk with a limp when the going gets tough.
Learning to Limp
For a six-legged robot, if just one leg malfunctions, it’s game over; all