Self-balancing robots are nothing new. They are becoming more advanced all the time. Teaching robots to keep their balance on hovershoes can be still challenging though. Hybrid Robotics has shared a video that shows how a bipedal robot can be taught to ride a pair of overshoes on stairs or uneven terrain.
As the researchers explain:
We created a framework for autonomous bipedal robotic locomotion using a wheeled platform. This framework includes a computer vision system, a path planner, and a feedback control strategy. In our experiments, we show the robustness of our controller through a variety of tasks, such as riding the Hovershoes down a few stairs, riding on rough and uneven outdoor terrain, riding up and down steep inclines, and leaning into a turn to quickly go around corners.
Cassie can autonomously ride the hovershoes and navigate through an obstacle course.