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Walking robot sets record

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 01:12

May 13 - 'Ranger' the robot has set a world record for its developers at Cornell University, by walking 40.5 miles non-stop on one charge. Gemma Haines reports.

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Meet 'Ranger'... the walking robot. Created at Cornell University, the robot has just set a world record, walking 40.5 miles on a single battery charge without stopping, or being touched. Guided by a model-plane remote control, Ranger covered 307 laps of the university's indoor running track, completing the feat in 30 hours, 49 minutes. The robot emulates human walking, using gravity to help swing its legs forward. Weighing 22 pounds, Ranger has six small onboard computers executing some 10,000 lines of computer code. The robot also has dozens of electrical and mechanical sensors. The goal of the research is not only to advance robotics but also to learn more about the mechanics of walking, a science that, surprisingly, is little understood. The information could be applied to rehabilitation and prosthetics for humans, and improving athletic performance, one step at a time. Gemma Haines, Reuters.

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Walking robot sets record

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 01:12