The Fastest Human-Like Robot Has Creepy Knees and a 9-Minute Mile
MABEL is a biped bot, which means she’s probably less stable than a quadruped, but more able to potentially stand in for humans in activities like climbing stairs (and certainly a more useful instance of human biomimicry than some robots we could name).
DARPA's CHEETAH smashes legged-robot speed record
It's been a very little over a year since Boston Dynamics was awarded a contract to develop a high-speed robotic quadruped ... CHEETAH has more in common with the cheetah than name alone, taking its cues from the big cat and other fast-running animals ...
10 Robots Inspired by Animals and Insects
Today's roboticists are increasingly looking to nature for inspiration, creating robots that move and behave with uncanny similarity to living animals. We've pulled together 10 of the most fascinating.
Sauropod dinosaurs held their necks in high, raised postures
Taylor, Mathew Wedel and myself in which we make a bold and controversial claim: based on data from living animals, we contend that the necks ... of the head-neck movement system of quadrupedal and bipedal mammals. Journal of Anatomy 186, 55-74.
Why a Greyhound or a Racehorse Doesn't "Pop a Wheelie"
Researchers wondered whether the “wheelie” problem experienced by cars during a drag race could be a factor in four-legged animals’ ability to speed up. They came up with a simple mathematical model… to see how fast a quadruped could accelerate ...