Cassie, a fowl invention
Cassie. Photo © Agility Robotics.
This week, Agility Robotics unveiled Cassie, a bipedal robot that walks like a chicken. Cassie’s design mimics animal morphology, with a hip joint with three degrees of freedom and flexible ankle joints, giving it better stability than previous designs. The advantage of walking robots is that they can go where rolling ones can’t. Even so, the resulting gait is decidedly creepy. Happily, Cassie’s roll-out, er, step-out, is still some ways down the line.