Here is a robot that can run as fast at 4.2 kmh without losing its balance: ACHIRES, unveiled by a research team at the University of Tokyo, happens to be an “Actively Coordinated High-speed Image-processing Running Experiment System” with high-speed vision to recognize the state of the biped robot at 600 fps to facilitate stable running. Unlike ZMP-based control system that is commonly used for balance, the robot achieves its high speed with simple control based on a high-speed sensory-motor system.
The leg length of ACHIRES is 14 centimeters long. The developers have also addressed somersaulting. While running, the robot takes a big swing with one foot and jumps, curling up its legs for high speed rotation in the air. Let’s not forget that these guys were behind the Janken robot, so we expect big improvements in the future. You can find out more about this exciting project on their site.