[TechRadar] Google's latest two-legged robot is more impressive than it looks
Google's latest two-legged robot is more impressive than it looks

<img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com/art/Robots/schaft-robot-470-75.jpg" alt="Google's latest two-legged robot is more impressive than it looks"/><p>It's hard to keep up with everything Google is doing nowadays, not least because Google is now a smaller company inside the much bigger Alphabet. Earlier this month we got news that <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/google-is-selling-the-company-that-builds-those-freaky-cheetah-robots-1317209">Alphabet is preparing to sell Boston Dynamics</a>, its most well-known robotics firm.</p><p>Well, Alphabet (Google) doesn't have all its robot eggs in one basket: the company also owns Schaft, a robotic lab created at the University of Tokyo, and that particular firm has been showing off its wares at the 2016 New Economic Summit in Japan.</p><p>The slowly lumbering bipedal creation - as yet unnamed - that was demoed doesn't look too innovative at first glance, but getting robots to walk across rooms and up and down stairs is actually a major challenge, one the team at Schaft seem to be relishing.</p><h3>Walking this way</h3><mediainsert caption="null" mediatype="YouTube" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyZE0psQsX0" width="420">YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyZE0psQ...sert><p>So, what exactly does the robot do? Well, walk around without losing its balance for a start. On top of that, it's able to carry weights of up to 60 kg, navigate across multiple types of terrain and even vacuum surfaces with its feet.</p><p>A spokesperson <a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/shaft-demos-new-bipedal-robot-in-japan">told IEEE Spectrum</a> that the newly unveiled bot isn't "a product announcement or indication of a specific product roadmap" so take it for what it is - the latest example of the progress engineers are making with robots that can do our walking and carrying for us.</p><p>One of the best parts of the short presentation made at the conference was when the robot kept its balance while slipping on a metal rod - already better than <a href="http://www.starwars.com/databank/at-st-walker">an AT-ST Walker on Endor then</a>. And of course, a complete absence of laser guns and an AI-powered brain has to be good for the continuing survival of the human race.</p><p>Header image <a href="https://twitter.com/RakutenToday/status/718306999688175618">courtesy of @RakutenToday</a>.</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/in-an-emergency-humans-are-too-trusting-in-robots-1316040">In an emergency, humans are too trusting of robots</a></li></ul><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247397377361/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ed4b568/sc/23/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247397377361/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ed4b568/sc/23/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247397377361/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ed4b568/sc/23/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247397377361/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ed4b568/sc/23/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247397377361/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ed4b568/sc/23/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247397377361/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ed4b568/sc/23/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/247397377361/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ed4b568/sc/23/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/247397377361/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ed4b568/sc/23/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/247397377361/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4ed4b568/sc/23/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/669/f/9809/s/4ed4b568/sc/23/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/allnews/~4/kqthjJE8eD0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>


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